translated by Brett Larner
A third-year at Sakuragahara J.H.S. in Omura, 3000 m junior high school national record holder Hiroto Hayashida announced on Feb. 10 that he has committed to attend Keiho H.S. in Nagasaki. Hayashida received offers from a number of top running schools both within and outside Kyushu, but, he said of his decision, "I want to do my part to raise the level of athletics in Nagasaki where I was born and raised."
In last October's Iwate National Sports Festival junior 3000 m Hayashida won in 8:19.14, breaking his own junior high school national record. In January he set a new course record of 8:20 on the 3.0 k m Second Stage at the National Men's Ekiden in Hiroshima. Keiho H.S. has competed at the National High School Ekiden five times. Asked about his goals in high school, Hayashida replied with determination, "I want to win the 1500 m and 5000 m at the National High School Championships."