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Ejima Breaks Pole Vault High School National Record - National High School Championships Day Two Results

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by Brett Larner
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Back in action after his 6th-place finish at last week's World U20 Championships in Bydgoszcz, Poland, Masaki Ejima (Eda H.S.) cleared 5.43 m to win the 2016 National High School Track and Field Championships boys' pole vault July 30 at Okayama's City Lights Stadium.  Ejima's mark broke the meet record by 2 cm and his own high school national record set earlier this year by 1 cm.



8th in the Bydgoszcz girls' 3000 m and 2nd in June's National Championships 1500 m, Nozomi Tanaka (Nishiwaki Kogyo H.S.) was likewise back in the 1500 m.  In a tight race with teammates Hina Takahashi and Yume Goto, Tanaka tried to frontrun her way to a national title but lost to Takahashi by a slim margin in the home straight, 4:15.82 to 4:15.95, with Goto just behind in 4:16.69.  Tanaka's performance at the National Championships already had her in the all-time Japanese high school top ten, but with Takahashi and Goto joining her in the top ten this race may have been the greatest girls' 1500 m in Japanese high school history.  And with all three running for Nishiwaki Kogyo H.S. the fall's ekiden season should be interesting.

Another record came in the boys' octathlon.  Yuma Maruyama (Shinoda H.S.) and Wilson Takashi Koha (Shibata H.S.) battled each other over to a new meet record over the course of two days.  Both cleared last year's record-setting mark of 6002, Maruyama getting the win in 6085 just off the year-old high school national record of 6093.

69th National High School Track and Field Championships 
Day Two Highlights
City Lights Stadium, Okayama, 7/30/16
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Girls' 100 m Final -1.6 m/s
1. Ami Saito (Kurashiki Chuo H.S.) - 11.78
2. Yuna Ito (Gifu Shogyo H.S.) - 11.98
3. Azusa Sasaki (Higashi Osaka Prep Keiai H.S.) - 12.03

Boys' 100 m Final -3.0 m/s
1. Daisuke Miyamoto (Rakunan H.S.) - 10.61
2. Ryuga Matsuo (Kannabe Asahi H.S.) - 10.72
3. Kazuki Tamura (Shimonoseki Shogyo H.S.) - 10.78

Girls' 1500 m Final
1. Hina Takahashi (Nishiwaki Kogyo H.S.) - 4:15.82
2. Nozomi Tanaka (Nishiwaki Kogyo H.S.) - 4:15.95
3. Yume Goto (Nishiwaki Kogyo H.S.) - 4:16.69

Boys' 1500 m Final
1. Hyuga Endo (Gakuho Ishikawa H.S.) - 3:47.75
2. Ryohei Iio (Yawatahama H.S.) - 3:48.52
3. Yuzuki Maekawa (Hamamatsu Shogyo H.S.) - 3:49.19

Girls' 5000 m Race Walk Final
1. Nanako Fujii (Kitakyushu Municipal H.S.) - 23:17.23
2. Aiko Moriguchi (Nishinomiya H.S.) - 23:23.46
3. Maika Yagi (Nishinomiya H.S.) - 23:30.14

Girls' High Jump Final
1. Sakura Asai (Okazaki Josai Prep H.S.) - 1.81 m
2. Riko Kamisaka (Funabashi Municipal H.S.) - 1.74 m
3. Moe Takeuchi (Honjo Daiichi H.S.) - 1.74 m

Boys' Pole Vault Final
1. Masaki Ejima (Eda H.S.) - 5.43 m - HS NR
2. Takaaki Yoshida (Kanonji Chuo H.S.) - 5.15 m
3. Tomoya Uchiyama (Nagano Yoshida H.S.) - 5.05 m

Girls' Javelin Throw Final
1. Mahiro Osa (Wakayama Kita H.S.) - 56.48 m
2. Sae Takemoto (Amagasaki Municipal H.S.) - 52.74 m
3. Tomoka Kuwazoe (Furukawa Reiai H.S.) - 49.70 m

Boys' Octathlon Overall
1. Yuma Maruyama (Shinoda H.S.) - 6085 - MR
2. Wilson Takashi Koha (Shibata H.S.) - 6024 (MR)
3. Ryoya Moriguchi (Tokai Prep Gyosei H.S.) - 5692

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