Monday, May 30, 2011

Typhoon Slows Down Nittai Time Trials


by Brett Larner

With most of the country's top distance runners taking on 5000 m at Saturday's Golden Games in Nobeoka and a typhoon hitting the second day, the weekend's Nittai Univ. Time Trials meet was relatively low-key. The top result of the meet came in the men's 10000 m, where Nihon University's Yusuke Sato ran a strong solo 28:58.75 to win by nearly 30 seconds. Tomoya Yamaguchi (Team Kanebo) won the men's 5000 m A-heat in 14:04.83 with a well-executed race plan, overtaking Daegu World Championships marathoner Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref.) who surged into a wide lead midway through the race. The men's 5000 m also saw the return to competition of injury-plagued marathoner Arata Fujiwara (Remo System RC), who ran conservatively and advanced through the field from the rear of the pack to finish 13th in 14:17.44. The women's 5000 m A-heat was a match race between Azusa Saito (Niigata Albirex AC) and marathoner Chika Horie (Team Univ. Ent.). Saito came out ahead in 16:10.45.

216th Nittai Univ. Time Trials
Yokohama, 5/28-29/11
Men's 10000 m Heat 6
1. Yusuke Sato (Nihon Univ.) - 28:58.75
2. Makoto Harada (Team JR Higashi Nihon) - 29:25.10
3. Taichi Takase (Komazawa Univ.) - 29:29.36

Men's 5000 m Heat 25
1. Tomoya Yamaguchi (Team Kanebo) - 14:04.83
2. Shinichi Yamashita (Takigahara SDF Base) - 14:06.19
3. Yuki Nakamura (Team Kanebo) - 14:07.95
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7. Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref.) - 14:10.32
13. Arata Fujiwara (Remo System RC) - 14:17.44

Women's 5000 m Heat 20
1. Azusa Saito (Niigata Albirex AC) - 16:10.45
2. Chika Horie (Team Univ. Ent.) - 16:12.71
3. Yuka Takashima (Team Denso) - 16:20.01

Women's 3000 m Heat 3
1. Rui Aoyama (Team Toyota Jidoshokki) - 9:28.60
2. Kanayo Miyata (Toyokawa H.S.) - 9:29.38
3. Aya Nagata (Team Toyota Jidoshokki) - 9:32.81

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