translated by Brett Larner
The six-stage, 42.195 km West Japan Corporate Women's Ekiden took place Oct. 27 in Munakata, Fukuoka. Team Daihatsu ran a course record 2:17:23 to claim its first title in three years. Team leader Ryoko Kizaki, 4th in the marathon at August's Moscow World Championships, led off with a win on the 6.7 km First Stage, with three more of the team's athletes winning their stages.
Team Otsuka Seiyaku was a close 2nd in 2:17:59, with Team Noritz 3rd. With Moscow bronze medalist Kayoko Fukushi on board, last year's winner Team Wacoal could do no better than 7th, while the Mizuki Noguchi-led Team Sysmex was only 8th.
The top eight teams at the West Japan event qualified for December's National Corporate Women's Ekiden Championships in Sendai, along with any teams 9th or lower who broke 2:23:00. Altogether twelve teams made the grade.