Yang, Cabrera top Gecko 5000


Participants in the Gecko 5000 run along the course in Banzai Cliff last Saturday. (Kimberly A. Bautista)

Agape Christian School’s Kobe Yang and Saipan International School’s Tiana Cabrera ruled the Gecko 5000 held last Saturday in Banzai Cliff.

Yang was the overall top finisher in the 5-kilometer course and topped the boys U18 division after timing in at 19:48. Cabrera led the girls U18 finishers after clocking in at 24:09.

SIS headmaster Ron Snyder, left, and Public School System athletic program director Nick Gross, right, join the Top 3 finishers in the boys U18 division of the Gecko 5000 for a group photo in Banzai Cliff last Saturday. (Contributed Photo)

Joining Yang in the Top 3 were SIS’ Kuu Nishimura and Ken Song, who recorded 20:09 and 21:06, respectively. In the girls U18, SIS had a 1-2 finish, as Sofia Osnach came in just few seconds behind Cabrera after posting 24:15. Agape’s Emma Pang rounded out the Top 3 following her time of 24:36.

In other results, Agape dominated the Top 10 in the boys U18 with Ray Qi Jie finishing at fourth place with his 21:19 and followed closely by Jason Cao (21:46) and Eason Tang (21:51). Completing the Top 10 were Agape’s Arthur Liang (22:18), SIS’ Samuel Culp (22:19), Agape’s Abraham Zhu Li (22:46) and Saipan Southern High School’s Joshua Mendez (23:28).

Agape also had multiple finishers in the Top 10 in the girls U18 with Elizabeth Xu (25:23) in fifth place, and Eunice Xu (26:20), Grace Shi (26:59), Alice Yang (27:01), and Vivian Wu (28:31) in seventh to 10th place, respectively. The Geckos’ Anika Sydner timed in at 24:51 to rank fourth, while Dain Lee, also from SIS, finished sixth after registering 25:33.

In the team division, SIS topped the girls category, while ACS prevailed in the boys race.

Last weekend’s event doubled as a qualifier for the Northern Marians Association and Public School System-organized 2019 All Schools Cross Country Championships.

According to SIS headmaster Ron Snyder, in addition to the 21 official runners in the Gecko 5000, there were also 76 high school runners that joined the cross country qualifier, and more than 150 students and parents from SIS participated in the fun run portion of the race. The run started and ended in Banzai Cliff with participanys heading to the Last Command Post for the turning point.

Kimberly B. Esmores | Reporter
Kimberly Albiso Bautista has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.
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