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Track Season Underway

by Brett Larner

#316 Tatsuro Okazaki leads half marathon Asian jr. area record holder Suguru Osako, #315, in the 1500 m on Apr. 2 at Tokyo's National Stadium. Click here for more pictures courtesy of WESC.

Even as road races continue to be cancelled in the wake of last month's earthquake and tsunami, track season got underway this weekend with a handful of competitive meets across the country. Among highlights of the distance events:
  • At the Mar. 30 Kokushikan University Time Trials in Tama, Tokyo, women's 10000 m junior national record holder Megumi Kinukawa (Team Mizuno) returned from a long layoff due to injury to run 15:46.58, the lone woman in a men's 5000 m.



  • 2011 Hakone Ekiden winners Waseda University dominated the distance events at the Tokyo Six University Meet at the National Stadium on Apr. 2. Seniors Yo Yazawa and Yuki Yagi went 1-2 in the 5000 m, clocking 14:03.04 and 14:15.73. Sophomores Kohei Kudo and Noriki Tazawa likewise went 1-2 in the 3000 m SC in 9:04.33 and 9:08.53.



    Waseda's lone loss came in the 1500 m, where Meiji University's star recruit Genki Yagisawa got his university career off to a solid start by beating half marathon Asian junior area record holder and sophomore Suguru Osako. Yagisawa clocked 3:48.60 with Osako closing fast for a PB 3:49.01. Waseda senior Tatsuro Okazaki was 3rd in 3:50.60.
  • Across the country the same day at the Fukuoka University Open, the hosts took the top seven spots in the women's 5000 m, led by junior Rina Hidaki who ran 16:11.70. Local pro team Kyudenko took the top eight spots in the men's 5000 m, Kazuharu Takai outrunning marathoner Kazuhiro Maeda by three seconds to win in 14:02.06.
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10000 m National Championships Lead Weekend Action

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Weekend Track Highlights

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The women's 10000 m was the highlight at the Kansai Region Corporate Championships, with Wacoal teammates Yuka Ando and Mao Ichiyama recovering from decent runs at the London Marathon last month to go 1st and 5th, Ando the fastest in 32:43.18. Their fellow MGC Race 2020 Olympic marathon trials qualifier Madoka Nakano (Noritz) was 2nd in 32:50.18, doubling the next day in the 5000 m where she was 5th in 16:07.24. Former Hakone Ekiden rivals and now teammates at NTT Nishi Nihon, Kenyans Patrick Wambui and Dominic Nyairo went 1-2 in the men's 10000 m in 28:41.84 and 28:43.86. Ryota Motegi (Sumitomo Denko) just missed the meet record in the men's 1500 m, winning in 3:44.12.

At the Chubu Region Corporate Championships Kenyans Rodgers Chumo Kwemoi (Aisan Kogyo) and Macharia Ndirangu