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2/19 郡市対抗県下一周駅伝— manamin (@kinokonoko0916) February 19, 2017
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On the final day of the three-day Nagasaki Intraprefecture Ekiden on Feb. 19, the Seihi-Saikai municipal team scored its first overall win in three years. Seihi-Saikai led both of the first two days of the race before leading the way to the finish line on day three. The city of Nagasaki team was 2nd, with the Omura-Higashi Sonogi municipal team 3rd.
3000 m junior high school national record holder Hiroto Hayashida, a third-year at Sakuragahara J.H.S., ran the 3.0 km Seventh Stage for Omura-Higashi Sonogi. Having set a new 3.0 km course record at last month's National Men's Ekiden, Hayashida did it again as he passed three people en route to a new course record of 7:51, an amazing 31 seconds off the old record.
"This was the last ekiden I'll run as a junior high school student," Hayashida commented post-race. "I wanted to maintain the flow that our team had going and do everything I could to keep us within range of the podium." The runner-up on the same stage, the Shimabara Hanto team's Kaito Takeshita, was also under the old record by 7 seconds in 8:15.