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28-min and 13-min High Schoolers, a Masters National Record and More at Nittai Time Trials

by Brett Larner

Alongside the Ageo City Half Marathon it was a big weekend at the 212th Nittai University Time Trials, Nov. 20-21 in Yokohama. Among the highlights:
  • While 19 year-old Kenyan Bitan Karoki (Team S&B) added another sub-28 time in the 10000 m to his name with a 27:46.19 win, Jobu University senior Yusuke Hasegawa ran the fastest mark of the year by a Japanese university student, 28:07.47, to take 2nd in the A-heat. In the B-heat, Sendai Ikuei High School junior Yuma Hattori set the fastest time of the year by a Japanese high school student, 28:58.08. Three Josai University men broke 29 minutes for the first time; Josai head coach Seiji Kushibe, Jobu head coach Katsuhiko Hanada and Ageo winner Suguru Osako's coach at Waseda University, Yasuyuki Watanabe, were all teammates at Waseda during their student days.
  • Former 2:08 marathoner and national champion Team Nissin Shokuhin assistant coach Kenjiro Jitsui, 41, set a masters' 10000 m national record of 29:16.83 in the men's 10000 m B-heat.
  • In the men's 5000 m A-heat Kenyan newcomer Clement Langat (Team Subaru) continued to impress, winning in 13:37.55. Behind him Meisei High School's Kenta Murayama ran an excellent 13:49.45 for 2nd, while Ishikawa High School's Norihisa Imai and Sano Prep High School's Takuya Otani also broke 14, running 13:52.52 and 13:58.31 respectively.
  • Asagari San Junior High School's Ayaka Nakagawa ran the fastest junior high school girls' 3000 m of the year with a 9:22.54 in the women's 3000 m for 4th amongst a raft of top pro women.
  • Team Daihatsu's Remi Nakazato won the women's 5000 m in 15:38.50. Perpetual comeback hopeful and 10000 m junior national record holder Megumi Kinukawa (Team Mizuno) had another sad DNS.

Click here for complete results from the 212th Nittai University Time Trials.

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