Brilliant Star School’s Moshe Sikkel and Agape Christian School’s Jessie Campbell picked up where they left off after prevailing in their respective races in the 2020-2021 Public School System/Northern Marianas Athletics All Schools Cross Country Series last Saturday at the CPA Airport Field.
Sikkel, who ruled the opening leg of the co-ed U11 division, returned for the third and last qualifier and was unstoppable anew as he easily won Heat 1 of the elementary race. Sikkel completed the 1.1-mile run in 7:25, finishing ahead of fellow BSS student and second leg winner Akeem Edvalson (8:22) and Saipan International School’s Eliza Culp (8:29).
On Heat 2, Campbell made in three in a row after checking in at 8:17 and leading Agape’s Top 3 finish. Joey Xia (9:38) and Benjami Cai (9:39) joined Campbell in the podium in the third qualifier, while Isla Montessori School’s Oliver Pauling (9:48) and Georgia Baetge (9:51) rounded out the Top 5 in Heat 2.
Agape’s Daniel Huang (9:59), Ratul Byuya (12:48), and Alice Duan (13:18); Kagman Elementary School’s Benaiah (10:03), Harley (14:30), Americus Murphy (11:29), Jacob Santos (11:50), Kamwatie (15:00) and Teeta (15:31) Welch; Isla Montessori’s Katie Manglona (12:38), Jackson Kosing (12:39), Philip Seman (12:44), and Cooper Fong (12:49); and Mt. Carmel School’s Gabriel Hernandez (15:00) were the other finishers on Heat 2.
On Heat 1, Saipan Community School’s Jose Sablan (8:40) came in at fourth and were joined by his teammates Allie Brussel (9:17), Micaela Tenorio (11:07), Dennis Guo (14:18), and Paul James Mendoza (15:03) to the finish line.
Completing Heat 1’s finishers list were SIS’ Windsor (8:49) and Beatrice (10:28) Gross, Jake Duenas (10:36), Lucy Woo (10:54), and Yummy Peng (11:42); Brilliant Star’s Aiden (10:18) and Damien (10:35) Camacho, and LoVel Spaeth (11:21); and William S. Reyes Elementary School’s Jiro Quindoza (11:45), Marq Hernandez (11:48), Kristen Sierra (11:49), and Mateo Almada (16:17).
With the qualifiers done, organizers NMA and PSS will move ahead with the championship race for the elementary division on Dec. 4.
In the finale, schools are allowed a maximum of six runners (must have at least two boys and two girls on the team), but only the Top 4 finishers from each squad will get points that will be used to determine the team champion. Deadline for submission of rosters for the co-ed U11 division is on Nov. 25.