Sweep for SIS runners


Saipan International School’s Rei Sekiguchi, right, keeps pace with two Agape Christian School runners during the first leg of Northern Marianas Athletics’ 2016 All Schools Cross Country Series held last Saturday at the CPA Airport Field. (Roselyn B. Monroyo)

Saipan International School ruled the girls middle and high school division races in the first leg of Northern Marianas Athletics’ 2016 All Schools Cross Country Series held last Saturday at the CPA Airport Field.

In the girls U13 age group, the Geckos had a 1-2 finish with Rei Sekiguchi clocking in at 16:00 and teammate Victoria Torres submitting 17:37. Agape Christian School’s Elizabeth Xu completed the Top 3 after completing the two-lap course (about 2 miles) in 19:46.

Saipan Community School’s Sedrei Camacho came in at fourth with her 19:59, while the rest of the finishers in the girls U13 division were all from Agape. The list includes Yolander You (22:59), Selena Pan (23:05), Debra WuSaiya (23:38), Tesino Wang (24:04), Cherry Liu (24:27), Gan (27:15), Vicky Ancheta (29:23), May Wang (29:57), Keziah Zhang (36:50), and Suo Yang (37:03).

In the girls U15, SIS occupied the Top 2 spots anew with Anika Snyder recording 15:21 and Tania Tan posting 16:28. The two Geckos won over seven Agape runners and one from Marianas High School. Agape’s Annie Wang joined the Snyder and Tan on the podium as the former rounded out the course twice in 22:06.

Other finishers were Wang’s teammates Ires Zhang (27:48), Angel Wang (27:49), Sunny Lin (30:54), Wendy Tang (30:05), Keziah Garcia (30:07) and Annie Rao (36:51), and MHS’ Halle Kenty (27:51).

In the girls U18 age group, which covered three laps of the course, SIS’ Isabel Dickinson lorded it over against 12 Agape runners. Dickinson finished her race in 24:08, more than four minutes ahead of runner-up Ella Zhang (28:44). Daisy Yang was third runner in the division to complete the course in under 30 minutes after tallying 29:36.

Evon Zhang (34:13) placed fourth and was followed by Leahne Yang (34:51), Suzanne Su (35:54), Andrea Feng (35:56), Emily Li (37:22), Annie Xing (37:23), Lou Enge (44:34), Chen Zhi En (44:40), Lyu Zie (46:37), and Amelia Yu Min (46:39).

Meanwhile, in the boys division, Agape topped two age groups, while Mt. Carmel School won one.

The Torchbearers’ Caleb Wang nosed out teammate Alan Zhao in the photo finish in the U18 age group, as the former clocked in at 20:45, just a second ahead of the latter.

Seventeen other finishers in the division were from Agape, while SIS had one in LeHyuk Jang, who cut the tape at the 30:40 mark to make it to the Top 10. Joining Jang, Wang, and Zhao in the Top 10 were Henry Hu (22:31), Eric Luo (22:57), Zehua Chen (26:54), Dempster Huang (27:03), Leo Li Yishen (27:09), Sean Zhao (28:24), and Kim Xing (29:15).

In the boys U15, Agape’s Haoyu Chen made it to the finish line at the 13:16 to beat SIS’ Clayton Izuka and teammate Lue Xiong, who timed in at 13:55 and 14:25, respectively.

The rest of the finishers in the boys U15 were from Agape with David Cai (14:32), Peter Wang (14:42), Bobby Zhang (16:08), Paul Cao (16:16), Joseph Rui (17:26), Kobe Yang (17:58), and Songhao Yang (18:00) rounding out the Top 10.

In the boys U13, Mt. Carmel’s Dominic Torres bested 14 other runners after completing the two-lap course in 14:28. He downed Saipan Community School’s Mateo Guerrero (15:13) and Dandan Middle School’s Xavier Sumor (16:47).

Other finishers in the division were Agape’s Frederic Guintu (16:56), Jerwin Mendiola (16:56), Mike Hou (18:18), Bobby Bao (18:37), Andrew Zhao (18:39), Joel Du (18:42), Marting Song (18:48), Kevin Tang (20:49), Jordan Omar (23:15), and Seth Seth (29:33) and SCS’ Vinson Bacani (22:40) and Derrick Seo (23:55).

Roselyn Monroyo | Reporter
Roselyn Monroyo is the sports reporter of Saipan Tribune. She has been covering sports competitions for more than two decades. She is a basketball fan and learned to write baseball and football stories when she came to Saipan in 2005.

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