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Kariuki Doubles With D2 Half Marathon Meet Record - Kanto Regionals Day Four Highlights

Japan's best meet of the season wrapped up Sunday at Yokohama's Nissan Stadium. Day four of the Kanto Region University Track and Field Championships with the men's half marathon, its two divisions running with a staggered start over a circuit course starting and ending inside the stadium. D1 runner-up in the 10000 m Dominic Nyairo (Yamanashi Gakuin Univ.) took a second-straight title in the D1 race, bettering his winning time from last year by almost two minutes to win in 1:03:22. Back from setting a D2 10000 m meet record of 28:00.66 on Thursday, Simon Kariuki (Nihon Yakka Univ.) set another D2 meet record as he outran Hakone Ekiden champion Aoyama Gakuin University's Yuta Shimoda to win in 1:02:38.

Like the 10000m and half marathon, in both divisions Africans dominated the 5000 m. Patrick Wambui (Nihon Univ.) doubled on his D1 10000 m title to take the 5000 m in 13:43.97 in a close race with Shota Onizuka (Tokai Univ.). Africans took the top four spots in the D2 race, Muiri Muthoni (Soka Univ.) getting the win in 13:43.20, top-placing Japanese man Yuki Suzuki (Kanagawa Univ.) running only 14:09.24 for 5th. Like Wambui, women's 10000 m champ Natsuki Sekiya (Daito Bunka Univ.) doubled in the 5000 m, holding off last year's winner Ai Hosoda (Nittai Univ.) by a second to win in 15:56.21.

Along with Kariuki's D2 meet record in the half, four other meet records also fell on the final day. In the women's 4x400 m relay Nittai University ran 3:37.80 to break both the meet and Kanto Region records. The Surugadai University men also broke the meet record in the D2 4x400 m, winning in 3:07.40. Collegiate heptathlon record holder Meg Hemphill (Chuo Univ.) broke her own meet record with a new mark of 5631. Most impressively, the top four in the D2 men's 800 m all broke the meet record, Miran Saito (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.) lopping two seconds off a record dating back to 1994 to win in 1:48.74.

No record came in the men's 200 m, but there Rio Olympics 4x100 m silver medalist Yoshihide Kiryu (Toyo Univ.) brought his Kanto Regionals career to an end as he added the 200 m title to the 100 m title he won Friday. Opening with 20.79 +1.3 m/2 in Saturday's heats, Kiryu went on to run 20.59 +0.3 m/s to lead the semis before winning the final in 20.46 +2.9 m/s.

96th Kanto Region University Track and Field Championships
Day Four Highlights
Nissan Stadium, Yokohama, 5/28/17
click here for complete results

Men's 200 m Final - Division 1 +2.9 m/s
1. Yoshihide Kiryu (Toyo Univ.) - 20.46
2. Jun Yamashita (Tsukuba Univ.) - 20.84
3. Sho Kitagawa (Juntendo Univ.) - 20.89

Men's 200 m Final - Division 2 +1.6 m/s
1. Yusuke Tanaka (Wellness Univ.) - 20.71
2. Fuga Sato (Sakushin Gakuin Univ.) - 21.11
3. Yuya Ishii (Tokyo Nogyo Univ.) - 21.36

Women's 200 m Final +1.5 m/s
1. Sayaka Takeuchi (Keio Univ.) - 24.27
2. Kotomi Eguchi (Saitama Univ.) - 24.39
3. Hikaru Watanabe (Surugadai Univ.) - 24.43

Men's 800 m Final - Division 1
1. Takumi Murashima (Juntendo Univ.) - 1:50.37
2. Tatsuya Nishikubo (Waseda Univ.) - 1:50.98
3. Mamoru Takeayashi (Tokai Univ.) - 1:51.24

Men's 800 m Final - Division 2
1. Miran Saito (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.) - 1:48.74 - MR
2. Koki Kanbe (Daito Bunka Univ.) - 1:50.12 (MR)
3. Jiro Shikai (Asia Univ.) - 1:50.17 (MR)
4. Takanori Shoji (Sugurdai Univ.) - 1:50.39 (MR)

Women's 800 m Final
1. Yume Kitamura (Nittai Univ.) - 2:05.73
2. Airi Ikezaki (Juntendo Univ.) - 2:07.41
3. Ran Urabe (Tokyo Gakugei Univ.) - 2:07.93

Men's 5000 m - Division 1
1. Patrick Mathenge Wambui (Nihon Univ.) - 13:43.97
2. Shota Onizuka (Tokai Univ.) - 13:46.49
3. Yuta Bando (Hosei Univ.) - 13:47.26
4. Kazuya Shiojiri (Juntendo Univ.) - 13:47.58
5. Wataru Tochigi (Juntendo Univ.) - 13:58.04

Men's 5000 m - Division 2
1. Muthoni Muiru (Soka Univ) - 13:43.20
2. Titus Wambua (Musashino Univ.) - 13:52.32
3. Titus Mogusu (Tokyo Kokusai Univ.) - 13:59.27
4. Workneh Derese (Takushoku Univ.) - 14:02.21
5. Yuki Suzuki (Kanagawa Univ.) - 14:09.24

Women's 5000 m
1. Natsuki Sekiya (Daito Bunka Univ.) - 15:56.21
2. Ai Hosoda (Nittai Univ.) - 15:57.30
3. Rino Goshima (Chuo Univ.) - 15:57.78
4. Erina Shirakawa (Toyo Univ.) - 16:04.12
5. Maki Izumida (Rikkyo Univ.) - 16:07.45

Men's Half Marathon - Division 1
1. Dominic Nyairo (Yamanashi Gakuin Univ.) - 1:03:22
2. Shuji Yamamoto (Toyo Univ.) - 1:04:33
3. Yusei Shirokoshi (Nittai Univ.) - 1:04:34
4. Genki Kaneko (Josai Univ.) - 1:04:46
5. Yasuyuki Ishida (Waseda Univ.) - 1:04:49

Men's Half Marathon - Division 2
1. Simon Kariuki (Nihon Yakka Univ.) - 1:02:38 - MR
2. Yuta Shimoda (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.) - 1:04:14
3. Kyohei Hosoya (Chuo Gakuin Univ.) - 1:04:29
4. Kazuya Azegami (Teikyo Univ.) - 1:04:53
5. Yamato Otsuka (Kanagawa Univ.) - 1:04:54

Men's 400 mH Final - Division 1
1. Ryo Kajiki (Josai Univ.) - 50.23
2. Tatsuhiro Yamamoto (Nihon Univ.) - 50.46
3. Yusuke Ishida (Waseda Univ.) - 50.93

Men's 400 mH Final - Division 2
1. Ryusei Fujii (Daito Bunka Univ.) - 52.18
2. Yumeto Suzuki (Gunma Univ.) - 52.78
3. Ken Suto (Gunma Univ.) - 52.95

Women's 400 mH Final
1. Kana Koyama (Waseda Univ.) - 59.16
2. Yuriko Mito (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.) - 59.69
3. Yuki Shimizu (Keio Univ.) - 1:00.40

Men's 4x400 m Final - Division 1
1. Tokai Univ. - 3:06.04
2. Juntendo Univ. - 3:06.47
3. Nihon Univ. - 3:07.50

Men's 4x400 m Final - Division 2
1. Surugadai Univ. - 3:07.40 - MR
2. Daito Bunka Univ.- 3:09.14
3. Tokyo Nogyo Univ. - 3:11.14

Women's 4x400 m Final
1. Nittai Univ. - 3:37.80 - MR, RR
2. Chuo Univ. - 3:39.89
3. Tsukuba Univ. - 3:40.60

Men's High Jump - Division 2
1. Masayuki Kubota (Jobu Univ.) - 2.06 m
2. Kaihei Suzuki (Tokyo Keizai Univ.) - 2.03 m
3. Takayuki Toriumi (Ryutsu Keizai Univ.) - 2.03 m

Men's Pole Vault - Division 2
1. Kazuya Ishibashi (Seiwa Univ.) - 5.00 m
2. Yoshiki Shinozuka (Seiwa Univ.) - 4.90 m
3. Kazuto Takahashi (Seiwa Univ.) - 4.90 m

Men's Triple Jump - Division 1
1. Ryoma Yamamoto (Juntendo Univ.) - 16.40 m -0.7 m/s
2. Yuki Yamashita (Kokushikan Univ.) - 16.19 m +1.4 m/s
3. Ryosuke Inui (Tsukuba Univ.) - 15.90 m -0.6 m/s

Women's Shot Put
1. Hitomi Naganuma (Kokushikan Univ.) - 15.16 m
2. Yuri Saito (Tsukuba Univ.) - 14.26 m
3. Haruka Kitaguchi (Nihon Univ.) - 14.02 m

Men's Discus Throw - Division 1
1. Yume Ando (Tokai Univ.) - 54.01 m
2. Jun Yoshida (Tokai Univ.) - 52.93 m
3. Daiki Shuto (Nihon Univ.) - 50.39 m

Women's Heptathlon
1. Meg Hemphill (Chuo Univ.) - 5631 - MR
2. Konoka Takahashi (Tokyo Gakugei Univ.) - 5378
3. Ayuka Watanabe (Nittai Univ.) - 5203

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