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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
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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
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