Skip to main content

Sakuma and Ishiyama Break Meet Records on Third Day of National High School Track and Field Championships

by Brett Larner

Days after jumping a PB 7.71 m for 5th in the boys' long jump at Oregon's World Junior Championships, Kodai Sakuma (Hosei Prep Daini H.S.) was the star of day three of the 2014 National High School Track and Field Championships in Kofu, Yamanashi.  In the long jump, Sakuma jumped a meet record and new PB of 7.80 m for 1st.  Doubling back in the 4x100 m he helped Hosei Daini take the win there as well, and on the strength of these two wins the Hosei Daini boys advanced to first in the overall school standings.  Another meet record fell in the boys' shot put, where Ayumu Ishiyama (Hanazono H.S.) threw a record 17.40 m to win by almost 60 cm.

Mai Shimizu (Shiga Gakuen H.S.) had a big throw of 46.36 m to win the girls' discus by nearly one meter, while Soyo H.S. turned heads in the girls' 4x100 m with a winning time of 45.88.  Other winners included Ryosuke Kashi (Shikama Kogyo H.S.), who took the boys' 5000 m race walk in 21:05.94, boys' 400 mH champion Takumu Furuya (Soyo H.S.) in 51.33, and Yuri Arashima (Kurashiki Chuo H.S.), who was the only girl in the 400 mH to go under 59 with her 58.76 winning time.

Scheduled for the early evening to minimize the effects of the 35-36 degree heat, all three qualifying sections for the boys' 5000 m saw Kenyans take the top positions.  Silas Kingori of Samuel Wanjiru's alma mater Sendai Ikuei H.S. won the first heat in 14:31.01, his closest Japanese competition Atsushi Yamato (Aichi H.S.) leading a pack of four 7 seconds back in 14:38.54.  Last year's Nationals 5000 m runner-up Charles Ndungu (Sapporo Yamanote H.S.) led Heat 2, overall the fastest section of the day, in 14:24.50 just ahead of newcomer Isaac Mbuguru (Kaishi Kokusai H.S.).  A step behind them was Fuminori Shimo (Iga Hakuho H.S.), at 14:25.94 the fastest Japanese qualifier in any of the heats.  The latest export of the school that produced Bedan Karoki (DeNA RC) and Joseph Gitau (Team JFE Steel), Paul Kamais (Sera H.S.) ran the single fastest time of the day, 14:23.71, to win Heat 3.  Puzzlingly, the rest of the pack in that section made no effort to beat the times in Heat 2 to pick up the extra three qualifying spots for the final, with World Juniors 5000 m runner Shota Onizuka (Omuta H.S.) taking a distant 2nd in 14:44.12.  The final goes down Saturday along with the qualifying heats for the girls' 3000 m, always one of the most competitive events at the National High School Track and Field Championships.

2014 National High School Track and Field Championships Day Three
Kofu, Yamanashi, Aug. 1
click here for official results
click here for comprehensive results in English

Boys' 5000 m Qualifiers
Paul Kamais (Sera H.S.) - 14:23.71 (Heat 3)
Charles Ndungu (Sapporo Yamanote H.S.) - 14:24.50 (Heat 2)
Isaac Mbuguru (Kaishi Kokusai H.S.) - 14:24.65 (Heat 2)
Fuminori Shimo (Iga Hakuho H.S.) - 14:25.94 (Heat 2)
Haruki Minatoya (Akita Kogyo H.S.) - 14:26.57 (Heat 2)
Hiroki Miura (Tohoku H.S.) - 14:26.86 (Heat 2)
Kensuke Horio (Suma Gakuen H.S.) - 14:27.37 (Heat 2)
Kohei Nanba (Senshu Prep Matsudo H.S.) - 14:30.49 (Heat 2)
Silas Kingori (Sendai Ikuei H.S.) - 14:31.01 (Heat 1)
Takumi Kato (Narita H.S.) - 14:36.81 (Heat 2)
Atsushi Yamato (Aichi H.S.) - 14:38.54 (Heat 1)
Shiki Shinsako (Sera H.S.) - 14:38.76 (Heat 1)
Takuya Hanyu (Yachiyo Shoin H.S.) - 14:38.78 (Heat 1)
Hayate Kurumada (Gakuho Ishikawa H.S.) - 14:39.18 (Heat 1)
Shota Onizuka (Omuta H.S.) - 14:44.12 (Heat 3)
John Kariuki (Aomori Yamada H.S.) - 14:44.73 (Heat 3)
Ryuta Tanaka (Kagoshima Jitsugyo H.S.) - 14:44.79 (Heat 3)
Taisei Nakamura (Tohoku H.S.) - 14:45.91 (Heat 3)

Girls' 400 mH Final
1. Yuri Arashima (Kurashiki Chuo H.S.) - 58.76
2. Haruko Ishizuka (Higashi Osaka Prep Keiai H.S.) - 59.02
3. Kanae Kitta (Otsuka H.S.) - 59.45
4. Kasumi Kousa (Yaei H.S.) - 1:00.15
5. Kaede Demizu (Kyoto Bunkyo Gakuen H.S.) - 1:00.18
6. Ryo Matsumura (Kibogaoka H.S.) - 1:00.40
7. Natsuki Ikeda (Saitama Sakae H.S.) - 1:00.54
8. Nao Matsuoka (Takase H.S.) - 1:01.31

Boys' 400 mH Final
1. Takumu Furuya (Soyo H.S.) - 51.33
2. Haruki Maeyama (Narita H.S.) - 51.72
3. Yutaro Mano (Taki H.S.) - 51.75
4. Anthony Tyrell Kuriki (Hachioji Gakuen Hachioji H.S.) - 51.78
5. Takuma Okubo (Tsuchiurako Kita H.S.) - 52.47
6. Yuya Hiramatsu (Hamamatsu Shogyo H.S.) - 52.69
7. Tatsuhiro Yamamoto Yamamoto (Narita H.S.) - 53.37
8. Shinra Katsumoto (Seinan Gakuen H.S.) - 53.71

Girls' 4x100 m Relay Final
1. Soyo H.S. (Kanagawa) - 45.88
2. Kasukabe Higashi H.S. (Saitama) - 46.21
3. Tokyo H.S. (Tokyo) - 46.26
4. Saga Kita H.S. (Saga) - 46.30
5. Aichi H.S. (Aichi) - 46.44
6. Hamamatsu Civic H.S. (Shizuoka) - 46.58
7. Kunori Gakuen H.S. (Yamagata) - 46.81
8. Ritsumeikan Keisho H.S. (Hokkaido) - 46.95

Boys' 4x100 m Relay Final
1. Hosei Daini H.S. (Kanagawa) - 40.18
2. Soyo H.S. (Kanagawa) - 40.22
3. Sakuyakonohana H.S. (Osaka) - 40.27
4. Josai H.S. (Tokyo) - 40.28
5. Tokyo H.S. (Tokyo) - 40.31
6. Narita H.S. (Chiba) - 40.53
7. Isahaya H.S. (Nagasaki) - 40.56
8. Hokkaido Shogyo H.S. (Hokkaido) - 40.93

Boys' 5000 m Race Walk
1. Ryosuke Kashi (Shikama Kogyo H.S.) - 21:05.94
2. Minoru Onogawa (Tokyo Jitsugyo H.S.) - 21:16.46
3. Kazuki Takahashi (Hanamaki Kita H.S.) - 21:17.85
4. Fukusen Aoyama (Nirayama H.S.) - 21:21.99
5. Taiga Takizawa (Kasukabe Higashi H.S.) - 21:31.18

Boys' Long Jump
1. Kodai Sakuma (Hosei Prep Daini H.S.) - 7.80 m +2.0 - MR
2. Motori Matsuzoe (Fujisawa Nishi H.S.) - 7.65 m +0.9
3. Tenji Sotokawa (Shari H.S.) - 7.60 m +2.8
4. Katsufumi Miyauchi (Sakata Nishi H.S.) - 7.53 m +1.9
5. Takato Uchikubo (Sunagawa H.S.) - 7.40 m +1.5

Girls' Discus Throw
1. Mai Shimizu (Shiga Gakuen H.S.) - 46.36 m
2. Asuka Ishii (Ibaraki Christian Gakuen H.S.) - 45.47 m
3. Hiroko Taishi (Omura H.S.) - 44.28 m
4. Yuki Kamisaka (Seya Nishi H.S.) - 43.07 m
5. Misaki Sugita (Seibudai H.S.) - 42.69 m

Boys' Shot Put
1. Ayumu Ishiyama (Hanazono H.S.) - 17.40 m - MR
2. Seiya Tobe (Tokyo Gakukan Funabashi H.S.) - 16.84 m
3. Tetsuo Kawaguchi (Seiko Gakuen H.S.) - 16.71 m
4. Shinichi Yukinaga (Seiko Gakuen H.S.) - 16.70 m
5. Shinnosuke Matsuoka (Gifu Municipal Shogyo H.S.) - 16.60 m

(c) 2014 Brett Larner
all rights reserved

Comments

Most-Read This Week

Shitara a Day After 2:07:50 Gold Coast Win: "Even If We Ran the Trials Right Now I'd Win"

Former marathon national record holder Yuta Shitara (27, Honda) returned to Narita Airport on July 8 a day after scoring his first-ever marathon win at Australia's Gold Coast Marathon. Shitara won in an excellent course record time of 2:07:50, lending momentum to his buildup for the MGC Race 2020 Olympic marathon trials just over two months away.

During the race Shitara suffered a mishap, bleeding from both nipples early on. "It rained right before the start," he said, "and once I started running it started chafing. I was a little worried about it, but if you want to compete at the top of the game then there are no excuses." Shrugging it off, even as his uniform soaked up the blood Shitara kept up his fast pace. "My training paid off in this result," he said with obvious satisfaction. "Winning gives me confidence, and I want to make good use of that after this."

Up to now Shitara has followed his own training program, never running longer t…

Japan Sweeps Half Marathon and Men's 20 km Race Walk Medals at Napoli Universiade

Japan pulled off three medal sweeps in the last two days of track and field competition at the 2019 Napoli Universiade, taking all three individual medals and the team gold medals in the men's 20 km race walk and both the women's and men's half marathons.

Koki Ikeda kicked off the medal rush Friday with a 1:22:49 win in the men's 20 km race walk, opening more than 30 seconds on teammates Masatora Kawano and Yuta Koga. The next morning the Japanese women followed the walkers' lead, waiting until the third time around the three-lap course to drop the competition. Just 19, 2019 National University Half Marathon champion Yuka Suzuki (Daito Bunka Univ.) was really impressive over the last two kilometers, seeming to be going at an all-out sprint and opening more than 20 seconds on Rika Kaseda (Meijo Univ.) and Yuki Tagawa (Matsuyama Univ.) for the win in 1:14:10.

#ユニバーシアード2019
男子ハーフマラソン

スタジアムで表彰待ちをしていたら伊藤くんが繰り上げで3位になった情報が入ってビックリ😳
中国人選手が指定の場所以外で給水を取ったので失格になったのですが、そのシーンを観てて給水…

Kusu Runs Steeplechase World-Leading Time, Yabuta and Yoshimura Break National Records, Tanaka Just Misses Fukushi's NR - Kitami and Liege Highlights

Wednesday afternoon and evening saw the fourth meet in this year's five-part Hokuren Distance Challenge series, this time in the town of Kitami. The program included the little-raced 2000 m steeplechase as a tuneup for Monday's series-closing Abashiri meet, and in both the women's and men's races the national records went down. A top collegiate steepler while at Kyoto Sangyo University, Yui Yabuta (Otsuka Seiyaku) ran 6:27.74 to break the women's record. In the men's race 1500 m specialist Yasunari Kusu (Ami AC) surprised many by breaking the Japanese national record with a world-leading 5:31.82 despite little experience in the steeple.

The women's 3000 m in Kitami was more explicitly set up as a national record attempt, with four of the ten fastest Japanese women ever over the distance lined up to gun for the great Kayoko Fukushi's 8:44.40 record dating back to 2002. From the gun it was out at NR pace, with pacers Hellen Ekalale (Toyota Jidoshokki) an…