Skip to main content

Kiryu Returns, Wambui Arrives - National University Track and Field Championships Day One Results

by Brett Larner


Yoshihide Kiryu (Toyo Univ) topped the first day of the 2015 National University Track and Field Championships Sept. 11 at Osaka's Nagai Stadium, returning from a summer lost to injury with a 10.40 win in his 100 m opening heat and a 10.30 win in his semifinal to head into tomorrow's final in the top position despite self-reporting at only 80% fitness.  Rivals Kazuma Oseto (Hosei Univ.) and Takuya Nagata (Hosei Univ.) were both less than 0.5 behind in their semifinals, in Oseto's case despite a strong headwind, promising a competitive final.  Kiryu also helped Toyo 4x100 m make the final, a good first step in his pre-Olympics comeback.


In the women's 400 m, Seika Aoyama (Osaka Seikei Univ.), a member of the national record-setting 4x400 m relay team at last month's Beijing World Championships, had an easy win in 53.33.  Defending women's 10000 m champion Rina Nabeshima (Kanoya Taiiku Univ.) endured a slow 16:57 first half before rival Maki Izumida (Rikkyo Univ.) took charge, sitting on Izumida through an escalating pace until the final lap when she kicked away for the win in 33:18.69.  Both Izumida and 3rd-placer Kotona Ota (Ritsumeikan Univ.) finished within a second of Nabeshima, who quickly came over to apologize to Izumida for beating her after all Izumida's work.  Close races also went down in both the men's and women's 1500 m, with just 0.28 separating the top three in the women's race.


The men's 10000 m featured a changing of the guard as Kenyan first-years Patrick Mathenge Wambui (Nihon Univ.) and Dominic Nyairo (Yamanashi Gakuin Univ.) unseated two-time defending champion Daniel Muiva Kitonyi (Nihon Univ.), running as a trio for much of the race but dropping senior Kitonyi as they dueled over the last lap.  Wambui, who broke 28 minutes over the summer at the Hokuren Distance Challenge, was too strong for #2-ranked Nyairo, taking the national title by just over a second in 28:21.80.  Kitonyi held on for 3rd by a wide margin over top Japanese man Sho Tokunaga (Chuo Univ.), 4th in 28:52.29.

84th National University Track and Field Championships Day One
Nagai Stadium, Osaka, 9/11/15
click here for complete results

Men’s 100 m Semifinal 1 +0.4 m/s
1. Takuya Nagata (Hosei Univ.) – 10.34 - Q
2. Takuya Kawakami (Chuo Univ.) – 10.40 - Q
3. Asuka Cambridge (Nihon Univ.) – 10.45 - q

Men’s 100 m Semifinal 2 -1.6 m/s
1. Kazuma Oseto (Hosei Univ.) – 10.33 - Q
2. Yuki Koike (Keio Univ.) – 10.40 - Q
3. Yusaku Koike (Juntendo Univ.) – 10.52 - q

Men’s 100 m Semifinal 3 +0.5 m/s
1. Yoshihide Kiryu (Toyo Univ.) – 10.30 - Q
2. Hayato Suda (Waseda Univ.) – 10.45 - Q
3. Tatsuro Suwa (Chuo Univ.) – 10.54

Women’s 100 m Semifinal 1 +0.6 m/s
1. Mizuki Nakamura (Osaka Seikei Univ.) – 11.77 - Q
2. Akira Koyama (Ritsumeikan Univ.) – 11.89 - Q
3. Haruka Abe (Fukushima Univ.) – 11.93 - q

Women’s 100 m Semifinal 2 +0.8 m/s
1. Yuki Miyazawa (Toyama Univ.) – 11.86 - Q
2. Anna Fujimori (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.) – 11.91 - Q
3. Chiaki Nagura (Sonoda Gakuen Joshi Univ.) – 11.94 - q

Women’s 100 m Semifinal 3 -0.4 m/s
1. Anna Doi (Daito Bunka Univ.) – 11.83 - Q
2. Kaori Oki (Aichi Seikei Univ.) – 12.02 - Q
3. Mariko Nagano (Konan Univ.) – 12.04

Men’s 400 m Final
1. Takamasa Kitagawa (Juntendo Univ.) – 46.34
2. Naoki Kobayashi (Tokai Univ.) – 46.53
3. Kaisei Yui (Juntendo Univ.) – 46.97

Women’s 400 m Final
1. Seika Aoyama (Osaka Seikei Univ.) – 53.33
2. Kaede Kashiyama (Shigakkan Univ.) – 53.91
3. Hinako Sato (Daito Bunka Univ.) – 54.03

Men’s 1500 m Final
1. Hiroya Inoue (Jobu Univ.) – 3:51.26
2. Tenchi Kamitani (Kwansei Gakuin Univ.) – 3:51.55
3. Yudai Yamamoto (Josai Univ.) – 3:51.88
4. Takafumi Ote (Nittai Univ.) – 3:52.01
5. Yuji Asaishi (Komazawa Univ.) – 3:52.54

Women’s 1500 m Final
1. Kyoko Koyama (Juntendo Univ.) – 4:21.33
2. Maya Iino (Tokyo Nogyo Univ.) – 4:21.58
3. Mina Ueda (Josai Univ.) – 4:21.61
4. Nodoka Aoki (Meijo Univ.) – 4:27.70
5. Sayuri Shiratori (Juntendo Univ.) – 4:28.70

Men’s 10000 m
1. Patrick Mathenge Wambui (Nihon Univ.) – 28:21.80
2. Dominic Nyairo (Yamanashi Gakuin Univ.) – 28:22.94
3. Daniel Muiva Kitonyi (Nihon Univ.) – 28:31.88
4. Sho Tokunaga (Chuo Univ.) – 28:52.29
5. Shinichiro Nakamura (Waseda Univ.) – 28:52.80
6. Shin Kimura (Meiji Univ.) – 28:56.76
7. Kokoro Watanabe (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.) – 28:57.21
8. Takaya Sato (Yamanashi Gakuin Univ.) – 28:58.05
9. Koki Ido (Waseda Univ.) – 29:01.50
10. Kazuki Muramoto (Hyogo Prefectural University) – 29:03.40

Women’s 10000 m
1. Rina Nabeshima (Kanoya Taiiku Univ.) – 33:18.69
2. Maki Izumida (Rikkyo Univ.) – 33:19.12
3. Kotona Ota (Ritsumeikan Univ.) – 33:19.43
4. Ayumi Uehara (Matsuyama Univ.) – 33:23.10
5. Kanade Furuya (Matsuyama Univ.) – 33:26.31
6. Yuri Karasawa (Nittai Univ.) – 33:33.18
7. Wakana Itsuki (Fukuoka Univ.) – 33:35.28
8. Fuyuka Kimura (Daito Bunka Univ.) – 33:36.21
9. Chinatsu Naruoka (Bukkyo Univ.) – 33:37.27
10. Honoka Yuzawa (Meijo Univ.) – 33:38.94

Men’s 3000 mSC
1. Kazuya Shiojiri (Juntendo Univ.) – 8:42.80
2. Shunya Tsuda (Tsukuba Univ.) – 8:45.05
3. Yuki Fujioka (Kwansei Gakuin Univ.) – 8:50.68

Women’s 10000 mW
1. Reina Goto (Chubu Gakuin Univ.) – 45:52.67
2. Nozomi Yagi (Tokyo Gakugei Univ.) – 47:37.37
3. Sae Matsumoto (Kokushikan Univ.) – 47:50.33

Women’s High Jump
1. Yuka Aiba (Aichi Kyoiku Univ.) – 1.76 m
2. Haruka Nakano (Waseda Univ.) – 1.76 m
3. Satomi Teratani (Tsukuba Univ.) – 1.76 m
3. Mio Iwashita (Osaka Kyoiku Univ.) – 1.76 m

Women’s Pole Vault
1. Yuko Enomoto (Tsukuba Univ.) – 3.80 m
2. Remi Odajima (Seiwa Univ.) – 3.80 m
3. Yui Aoyagi (Kanoya Taiiku Univ.) – 3.70 m

Men’s Triple Jump
1. Yuta Tozuka (Toyo Univ.) – 15.80 m +1.6 m/s
2. Kohei Yamashita (Tsukuba Univ.) – 15.77 m -0.3 m/s
3. Yugo Takahashi (Ritsumeikan Univ.) – 15.70 m +0.2 m/s

Men’s Discus Throw
1. Yuki Yonezawa (Tokai Univ.) – 54.14 m
2. Yume Ando (Tokai Univ.) – 53.24 m
3. Kengo Anbo (Tokai Univ.) – 51.86 m

Women’s Discus Throw
1. Natsumi Fujimori (Juntendo Univ.) – 50.38 m
2. Minori Tsujikawa (Tsukuba Univ.) – 48.11 m
3. Kazuko Nakayama (Higashi Osaka Univ.) – 45.70 m

(c) 2015 Brett Larner
all rights reserved

Comments

Most-Read This Week

Kawabata Over Kawauchi at Takashimadaira 20 km

Like a distant echo of the thunder of yesterday's Yosenkai 20 km reverberating across the city, Tokyo's other major 20 km road race took place this morning in the northwestern suburb of Takashimadaira. Narrowly surviving the loss of its main sponsor last year, the Takashimadaira Road Race offers a unique 5 km loop course that delivers fast times. Now in its 42nd year, Takashimadaira is a favorite for upper-tier universities that don't have to run the Yosenkai to requalify for the Hakone Ekiden, for other schools' second-stringers, and for top-level independents and amateurs.

This year's race was fronted by a group of runners from Izumo Ekiden winner Tokai University who didn't make Tokai's final Izumo roster, by London World Championships marathoner Yuki Kawauchi (Saitama Pref. Gov't) and others from yesterday's Yosenkai winner Teikyo University and the Hakone-qualified Juntendo University and Komazawa University. In the same cool and lightly rainy…

Kawauchi and Kanematsu Win Rainy Shimantogawa 100 km

The 23rd edition of the Shimantogawa Ultramarathon took place Oct. 15 in Shimanto, Kochi. 1822 runners started the 100 km division, where Yoshiki Kawauchi (26, Saitama T&F Assoc.) and Aiko Kanematsu (37, Team RxL) took the men's and women's titles for the first time.

The 100 km division started under a heavy downpour at 5:30 a.m. in front of Warabioka J.H.S. The 576 participants in the 60 km division got off 4 1/2 hours later from Koinobori Park, with both races finishing at Nakamura H.S.

Kawauchi, the younger brother of "civil servant runner" Yuki Kawauchi, ran Shimantogawa for the second time, improving dramatically on last year's run to win in 6:42:06. "Last time I was 21st, a total disaster," Kawauchi said afterward. "My brother told me, 'Don't overdo it on the uphills,' and his advie helped me get through it. The scenery around Iwama Chinkabashi was really beautiful."

Kanematsu began running with her husband around age 30…

Osaka Marathon Elite Field

One of the world's ten biggest marathons, in its six runnings to date the Osaka Marathon has continued to avoid the addition of a world-class elite field of the same caliber as at equivalently-sized races like Tokyo, Berlin and Boston. In place of doling out cash to pros, Osaka's women's field has developed into a sort of national championship race for amateur women.

In the field this year are six, probably all six, of the amateur Japan women to have broken 2:40 in the last three years. Last year's top three, Yoshiko Sakamoto (F.O.R.), Yumiko Kinoshita (SWAC) and Hisae Yoshimatsu (Shunan City Hall) lead the way at the 2:36 +/- level, with a second trio of Marie Imada (Iwatani Sangyo), Mitsuko Ino (R2 Nishin Nihon) and Chika Tawara (RxL) all around the 2:39 level.

Last year's winner Sakamoto and 3rd placer Yoshimatsu squared off in September at Germany's Volksbank Muenster Marathon, Yoshimatsu tying Sakamoto's Osaka winning time of 2:36:02 to take 3rd over …