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Nittai Time Trials and Mt. SAC Results

by Brett Larner

On day one of the first Nittai Univ. Time Trials meet of the season, marathoner Satoshi Osaki (Team NTT Nishi Nihon) continued the comeback from the injury that knocked him out of the Beijing Olympics, finishing 3rd in 29:19.31. The biggest results of the day, however came in the women's 800 m and 3000 m. Running against a field of pro, university and high school competitors, unior high school student Ayaka Nakagawa (Asaka Daisan J.H.S.) started the day off with a win in the 800 m A-heat in 2:10.61, nearly 1 1/2 seconds ahead of her closest rival. 2 1/2 hours later Nakagawa returned to take 6th in the 3000 m A-heat, clocking 9:31.18.

Nittai Univ. Time Trials Top Results
Nittai Univ., Yokohama, 4/16/11

Men's 10000 m Heat 5
1. Yuki Takamiya (Team Yakult) - 29:17.67
2. Yuta Shitara (Toyo Univ.) - 29:19.00
3. Satoshi Osaki (Team NTT Nishi Nihon) - 29:19.31
4. Sho Matsueda (Yamanashi Gakuin Univ.) - 29:23.77
5. Tomohiro Hayakawa (Nittai Univ.) - 29:24.60
6. Kenji Yamamoto (Toyo Univ.) - 29:29.56
7. Taiga Ito (Suzuki Hamamatsu AC) - 29:32.99
8. Naoya Kojima (Kanagawa Univ.) - 29:36.16
9. Shungo Kawamura (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.) - 29:36.37
10. Kento Otsu (Toyo Univ.) - 29:36.90

Women's 3000 m Heat 3
1. Wainaina Murgi (Kenya/Toyokawa H.S.) - 9:06.73
2. Ai Igarashi (Team Sysmex) - 9:16.54
3. Machi Tanaka (Team Sekisui Kagaku) - 9:19.94
4. Saria Kurokawa (Toyokawa H.S.) - 9:29.38
5. Fumiko Hashimoto (Team Shimamura) - 9:30.74
6. Ayaka Nakagawa (Asaka Daisan J.H.S.) - 9:31.18
7. Misaki Onishi (Team Sekisui Kagaku) - 9:31.51
8. Yuka Ando (Toyokawa H.S.) - 9:37.23
9. Ayumi Hagiwara (Team Uniqlo) - 9:40.94
10. Mizuki Ito (Team Shimamura) - 9:44.95

2011 Mt. SAC Relays Top Results
Walnut, CA 4/15/11

Men's 5000 m Inv. Elite
1. Aaron Braun (Adidas) - 13:27.01
2. Jorge Torres (Reebok) - 13:27.58
3. Andy Vernon (U.S.A.) - 13:27.85
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22. Daisuke Shimizu (Team Kanebo) - 13:54.91
28. Tomoyuki Morita (Team Kanebo) - 14:17.46

Men's 5000 m Olympic Dev. Elite
1. Lawi Lalang (Arizona) - 13:34.62
2. Chris Rombough (Team U.S.A. MN) - 13:42.05
3. Michael Kilburg (Bowerman AC) - 13:43.37
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21. Ryohei Kawakami (Team Kanebo) - 14:04.92

(c) 2011 Brett Larner
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