MCS, Eucon students split top honors in U11

Eucon International School’s Andrei Chavez slows down as she crosses the finish line en route to winning the girls U11 division of last Saturday’s 2017 NMA All Schools Cross Country Finals held at the Saipan Country Club. (Jon Perez)

Mt. Carmel School’s Kern Han, right, takes the finisher ticket from a volunteer during last Saturday’s 2017 All NMA Schools Cross Country Finals held at the Saipan Country Club. (Jon Perez)

Mt. Carmel School’s Kern Han and Eucon International School’s Andrei Chavez ruled their respective age group competitions in the 2017 Northern Marianas Athletics All Schools Cross Country Finals held last Saturday at the Saipan Country Club.

Han topped the boys U11 division with a time of 9:33, which was slower compared to the 8:14 he registered in the second leg of the annual cross country series and the 8:19 he recorded when he placed first in last month’s final leg. His time in the season-ending race, however, gave him a comfortable lead over William S. Reyes Elementary School’s Imtiaz Nadim, who clocked in at 10:15. Zhi Lin, also from WSR, rounded on the Top 3 with his 10:26. Saipan International School’s Anthony Gregoire was fourth at 11:08, while Bo Chen of Agape Christian School placed fifth (11:55), and Eucon’s John Yu came in at sixth (13:18).

Chavez, meanwhile, bested Brilliant Star School’s Savita Sikkel by four seconds to rule the girls U11 race. Chavez recorded 9:36 against the 9:40 of Sikkel. The Eucon student was also the second overall finisher of the one-lap run in the U11 age group.

Saipan International School’s Dana Lee placed third in the girls U11 with a time of 10:59, while Mt. Carmel School’s Hitomi Sato was the fourth best runner after coming in at 13:52. WSR’s Jadine Deblois was fifth (13:58) and Cathy Woo of SIS finished sixth (15:00).

Meanwhile, Kelley McCallion of SIS topped the boys U9 division with a time of 10:18, while Eugene So of Saipan Community School was almost a minute behind at 11:06 to settle for second. Yong Lim of ACS completed the Top 3 at 11:09. ACS’ Bowie Wu (16:43), SCS’ Joshua Yeo (17:16), and MCS’ Jess Jiang (19:20) finished fourth to sixth, respectively.

Mary Fu of ACS won the girls U9 gold medal with a time of 10:15 and was followed SCS teammates Hilah Bacani (12:12) and Lola Guerrero (12:17). Barbara Wong of ACS came in at fourth with a time of 12:90, while Phoenix Gross of SIS was fifth at 15:02.

ACS and SIS had the most runners both in the boys and girls U9 and U11 divisions, fielding five each while SCS had four. MCS and WSR had three each, while Eucon and BSS entered two and one apiece.

Results of the boys and girls U7 divisions and the team champions in each of the six age groups were unavailable at press time.

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Jon Perez | Reporter
Jon Perez has been covering local and international sports events for more than 15 years. His sports writing career started when he joined the weekly DAWN, University of the East’s student newspaper, when he was in college.

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