Skip to main content

2012 National High School Champion Ritsumeikan Uji H.S. Sets Kita-Kyushu Women's Invitational Ekiden Course Record

by Brett Larner

At the Jan. 20 Kita-Kyushu Women's Invitational Ekiden, 2012 National High School Ekiden champions Ritsumeikan Uji H.S. outran all competition to break the existing 32.8 km course record by 41 seconds.  Kita-Kyushu features an interesting format that sees top high school team running against pro teams with the open division's 11.7 km final stage divided into two for the younger high school division teams.

Locals Team Kyudenko led through the first three stages, with Kenyan ace Sally Chepyego scoring a course record 18:11 for the 5.9 km Second Stage.  2012 National Corporate Ekiden champions Team Universal Entertainment and Ritsumeikan Uji just a second behind dueled for 2nd before the high school champions pulled ahead on the Third Stage thanks to a stage win by the team's star Nanako Kanno.  Ritsumeikan Uji's fourth runner Mai Hirota delivered another stage win to bring the team even with Kyudenko at the handoff to the Fifth Stage.

For Kyudenko, Universal Entertainment and other open-division teams the Fifth Stage was 11.7 km, while Ritsumeikan Uji and other high schools faced 4.9 and 6.8 km subdivisions of the stage.  Despite the best efforts of Kyudenko anchor Misaki Kato she was no match for the younger runners running shorter distances, and Ritsumeikan Uji pulled ahead to cross the finish line first in a new course record of 1:45:52.  Team Tenmaya anchor Rei Ohara, who lost to high schooler Miyuki Uehara (Kagoshima Joshi H.S.) at last weekend's National Women's Ekiden, was also too much for Kato, outrunning her by more than a minute to give Tenmaya 1st in the open division.

With the Kita-Kyushu Women's Invitational Ekiden the national-level women's ekiden season comes to a close.  The focus now turns to longer distances on the road, with next weekend's Osaka International Women's Marathon and places on the Moscow World Championships marathon team taking up the biggest share of the attention.  JRN will cover Osaka live via Twitter on @JRNLive.  Check back later in the week for a preview and viewing details.

2013 Kita-Kyushu Women's Invitational Ekiden Top Results
Kita-Kyushu, 1/20/13
high school division: 16 teams, 6 stages, 32.8 km
open division: 11 teams, 5 stages, 32.8 km 
click here for complete results

Top Team Results - High School Division
1. Ritsumeikan Uji H.S. - 1:45:52 - CR
2. Chikushi Joshi Gakuen H.S. - 1:47:43
3. Kamimura Gakuen H.S. - 1:49:01
4. Suma Gakuen H.S. - 1:49:12
5. Isahaya H.S. - 1:51:40

Top Team Results - Open Division
1. Tenmaya - 1:46:27
2. Kyudenko - 1:46:39
3. Canon AC Kyushu - 1:47:38
4. Kyocera - 1:47:41
5. Universal Entertainment - 1:48:46

Stage Best Performances
First Stage - 4.2 km: Ayako Jinnouchi (Team Kyudenko) - 13:23
Second Stage - 5.9 km: Sally Chepyego (Kenya/Team Kyudeko) - 18:11 - CR
Third Stage - 5.1 km: Nanako Kanno (Ritsumeikan Uji H.S.) - 16:19
Fourth Stage - 5.9 km: Mai Hirota (Ritsumeikan Uji H.S.) - 19:47
Fifth Stage - open - 11.7 km: Rei Ohara (Team Tenmaya) - 36:54
Fifth Stage - H.S. - 4.9 km: Yuki Fujiwara (Ritsumeikan Uji H.S.) - 16:08
Sixth Stage - H.S. - 6.8 km: Momoka Katada (Ritsumeikan Uji H.S.) - 21:18

(c) 2013 Brett Larner
all rights reserved

Comments

Most-Read This Week

Chebii Returns - Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon Elite Field

Defending champ Ezekiel Chebii (Kenya) returns to lead the field for the Mar. 4 Lake Biwa Mainichi Marathon. Chebii is one of three men in the field with recent 2:06 times, his 2:06:07 in Amsterdam two years ago leading Tadesse Abraham (Switzerland) and Abera Kuma (Ethiopia) to form a clear trio of favorites.

Making up the second pack are four current sub-2:10 Japanese men, 2017 Gold Coast winner Takuya Noguchi (Konica Minolta), Rio Olympian Satoru Sasaki (Asahi Kasei), and Sasaki's teammates Takuya Fukatsu and Fumihiro Maruyama. The addition of sub-61 half marathoner Kenta Murayama in his second shot at the marathon after a failed debut in Tokyo two years ago makes for a formidable quartet of men from 2017 and 2018 New Year Ekiden national champion Asahi Kasei all aligned in training and talent.

With Japan's depth it's never surprising to see a relatively anonymous runner make a breakthrough and factor into the action. Yoshiki Takenouchi (NTT Nishi Nihon) was one of the …

Kawauchi Takes Six Minutes Off Kitakyushu Marathon Course Record to Lead Weekend Results

After a seven-week break from the marathon, Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref. Gov't) scored his third-straight marathon win, second-straight course record and came just shy of a third-straight negative split as he ran a completely solo 2:11:46 to take almost six minutes off the Kitakyushu Marathon course record. Following up on negative split wins at December's Hofu Yomiuri Marathon and January's Marshfield New Year's Day Marathon, the latter a course record by half an hour, Kawauchi was on his own in the first 100 m in Kitakyushu and never looked back.

In the hilly first 10 km his pace fluctuated from high-2:12 to high-2:10, but once Kawauchi got into the flatter section of the course he settled out on track for a high-2:11 to low-2:12 time. After a 1:05:51 split at halfway he slowed slightly on the outbound trip to the turnaround near 31 km, but picking it up again after 35 km he marked a 6:34 from 40 km to the finish to stop the clock at 2:11:46,  a 1:05:55 second half …

The Kawauchi Counter

Yuki Kawauchi's 2018 race results: Jan. 1: Marshfield New Year's Day Marathon, U.S.A.: 2:18:59 - 1st - CR
Jan. 14: Okukuma Road Race Half Marathon, Kumamoto - 1:03:28 - 7th
Jan. 21: Yashio Isshu Ekiden, Saitama: 1:01:03 - 1st - ran entire 20.0 km ekiden solo and beat all 103 teams of 6 runners each
Jan. 28: Okumusashi Ekiden First Stage (9.9 km), Saitama - 29:41 - 6th
Feb. 4: Saitama Ekiden Third Stage (12.1 km), Saitama - 36:54 - 4th
Feb. 11: Izumo Kunibiki Half Marathon, Shimane - cancelled due to heavy snow
Feb. 18: Kitakyushu Marathon, Fukuoka - 2:11:46 - 1st - CR
Upcoming race schedule: Feb. 25: Fukaya City Half Marathon, Saitama
Mar. 4: Kanaguri Hai Tamana Half Marathon, Kumamoto
Mar. 18: Wan Jin Shi Marathon, Taiwan
Mar. 25: Kuki Half Marathon, Saitama
Apr. 16: Boston Marathon, U.S.A.
June 2: ASICS Stockholm Marathon, Sweden
July 1: Gold Coast Airport Marathon, Australia
Aug. 26: New Caledonia International Marathon, New Caledonia
Sept. 2: Wakkanai Heiwa Marathon, Hokk…