Sprinters Zarinae Sapong and Traven Quitugua are back on island, but they won’t be here for long, as they head to Samoa on Monday for the XVI Pacific Games.
Sapong and Quitugua along with Leani Acosta, Jamie Pangelinan, Gabriel Sappa, Oldie Joe Roligat, Theyvie They, and Tinian’s Tyler Santos were at the Townsville Sports Reserve in Queensland, Australia last week and represented the CNMI to the 2019 Oceania Athletics Championships. Sapong competed in the women’s open 100m and 200m runs in the Land Down Under, while Quitugua raced in the same events in the U20 division.
The 20-year-old timed in at 13.31 seconds in the qualifying heat of the 100m run and 28.18 seconds in the 200m race. Quitugua, on the other hand, clocked in at 11.58 and 24.15 seconds in the 100m and 200m runs, respectively.
In Samoa, both runners are also entered in the sprint events of the athletics competition that will run from July 15 to 19. Beo Ngirchongor and Lia Rangamar will join Sapong and Quitugua in Apia, while Greg Iginoef will coach the lean CNMI Athletics Team. Ngirchongor will be competing in the 200m and 400m runs, while Rangamar will participate in the javelin throw.
Sapong and Quitugua returned to Saipan last Tuesday and will join Ngirchongor and Rangamar in the squad’s last set of training sessions this weekend.