translated and edited by Brett Larner
On the second day of the National High School Track and Field Championships, July 31 at Oita's Oita Bank Dome, Yoshihide Kiryu (Rakunan H.S.) won the boys' 100 m in a meet record time of 10.19 s +0.1m/s. In the heats he ran 10.50 s and in the semi-finals 10.32 s, winning both before the final where he took 0.05 s off the old meet record set nineteen years ago. Kiryu also anchored Rakunan's 4x100 m relay team to win their semi-final in 40.50 s, sending them on to the final on Aug. 1.
On the girls' side, London Olympian Anna Doi (Saitama Sakae H.S.) won the 100 m final in 11.70 m. Like Kiryu anchoring her school's 4x100 m relay, Doi led Saitama Sakae to win their July 30 opening round heat in 45.23 s, a new high school national record. First leg runner Emiri Hatsumi was first out of the blocks and immediately opened a lead that second and third runners Ayaka Abe and Miyu Yoshida extended before Doi took the baton. "I never even thought of cruising it in," said Doi, who ran full-strength to the line to break the old high school national record of 45.72 set by Saitama Sakae H.S. at the 1992 National Championships. "I believed in the seniors, so I ran carefree," said junior Hatsumi. "I'm happy, but we can't get careless yet," said Abe. Yoshida added, "We have to stay focused on reaching the top." Doi agreed, saying, "If we don't end up #1 in Japan then this doesn't mean anything. We have to keep winning." So far so good: in the semi-finals on July 31 Saitama Sakae won again in 45.96. The finals await on Aug. 1.
Other noteworthy performances included a 46.11 meet record in the boys' 400 m final by Nobuya Kato (Hamana H.S.) and a 53.66 meet record in the girls' 400 m final by Ayaka Oki (Niijima Gakuen H.S), five boys under 3:50 in the 1500 m final led by Takumi Kitashima (Toyama Shogyo H.S.) in 3:47.54 and a girls' 5000 m racewalk meet record of 22:45.28 courtesy of Kaori Kawazoe (Ritsumeikan Uji H.S.).
Update: Rakunan H.S. won the boys' 4x100 m relay final in 40.21, Saitama Sakae H.S. taking the girls' race in 45.62.