Skip to main content

Kisaisa, Sekiya and Wambui Lead Kanto Regionals Day One


Japan's biggest university meet kicked off Thursday at a new home in the wildlands of suburban Kanagawa. Day 1 of the 97th Kanto Region University Track and Field Championships started off hot, humid and sunny, shifting toward cool and windy as the afternoon wore on. Not ideal for the day's main final, the women's and men's 10000 m.

The women's 10000 m was probably the best race of the day. #1-ranked Natsuki Sekiya (Daito Bunka Univ.), the only woman in the race with a PB under 32:30, predictably took control early, challenged mid-race by the talented Rino Goshima (Chuo Univ.) but effortlessly dropping her after 7000 m. An unexpected challenge to Sekiya's second-straight Kanto 10000 m title came from unknown mid-33 runner Yukina Ueda (Tsukuba Univ.). As the other competition dropped away Ueda stayed locked to Sekiya looking fresh and ready to go. But in the back straight on the final lap Sekiya inched away, opening a 5-second lead to win in 33:29.53. Ueda shaved 3 seconds off her best for 2nd in 33:34.70, going on to help a fallen teammate to her feet after the race. Goshima held on to 3rd in 33:54.25, the only other woman to break 34 minutes.



The D1 men's 10000 m was an eerily familiar sight, with Patrick Mathenge Wambui (Nihon Univ.), Dominic Nyairo (Yamanashi Gakuin Univ.) and Kazuya Shiojiri (Juntendo Univ.) going 1-2-3 for the third year in a row. Check this out:

2016
1. Wambui - 28:21.69
2. Nyairo - 28:22.50
3. Shiojiri - 28:42.56

2017
1. Wambui - 28:21.65
2. Nyairo - 28:23.90
3. Shiojiri - 28:35.44

2018
1. Wambui - 28:21.45
2. Nyairo - 28:25.55
3. Shiojiri - 28:26.64

Mr. Consistency, Patrick is. Shiojiri got closer every year but couldn't quite seal the deal despite making a big move with 800 m to go. All three are seniors, making this the last time they'll top the Kanto podium.



The D2 race also saw familiar faces up front. with last year's meet record-breaker Simon Kariuki (Nihon Yakka Univ.) and up-and-comer Josphat Ledama Kisaisa (Obirin Univ.) duking it out again. Where Kariuki opened more than 20 seconds over Kisaisa last year, this time it was the younger Kisaisa who went on the attack, surging mid-race to drop Kariuki and sail on alone to the win in 28:26.94, 5 seconds slower than his runner-up time last year but more than 25 seconds ahead of Kariuki. "The conditions were tough, too windy," Kisaisa's coach Stephen Mayaka told JRN post-race. "But he tried. Write something good about him." Workneh Derese (Takushoku Univ.) held off top Japanese man Takato Suzuki (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.) for 3rd, 29:16.77 to 29:20.84.

Apart from the 10000 m, three events saw meet records. Misaki Morota (Chuo Univ.) tied the meet record of 4.00 m in the D1 women's pole vault. Misaki Kodera (Sakushin Gakuin Grad School) set a record of 12.02 (-1.1 m/s) in the women's 100 m hurdles for D2, the division reserved for grad school programs.  Taito Tsumaki (Tokyo Kogyo Grad School) did the same in the D3 grad school division men's 400 m with a mark of 47.69.

97th Kanto Region University Track and Field Championships 

Day One Highights
Sagamihara Gion Stadium, Kanagawa, 5/24/18
click here for complete results

Women

D1
D1 Women's 10000 m Final
1. Natsuki Sekiya (Daito Bunka Univ.) - 33:29.53
2. Yukina Ueda (Tsukuba Univ.) - 33:34.70 - PB
3. Rino Goshima (Chuo Univ.) - 33:54.25
4. Momoko Hanano (Nittai Univ.) - 34:04.56
5. Yumi Motohiro (Daito Bunka Univ.) - 34:14.54

D1 Women's Pole Vault Final
1. Misaki Morota (Chuo Univ.) - 4.00 m - MR
2. Aina Kubo (Seiwa Univ.) - 3.80 m
3. Mana Nakabayashi (Nittai Univ.) - 3.70 m

D1 Women's Long Jump Final
1. Ayane Kamiyama (Nittai Univ.) - 6.20 m +4.4 m/s
2. Mirei Yoshioka (Tsukuba Univ.) - 6.19 m +2.7 m/s
3. Riko Ryono (Waseda Univ.) - 6.12 m +5.5 m/s

D1 Women's Discus Throw Final
1. Asuka Ishii (Tokyo Joshi Taiiku Univ.) - 46.84 m
2. Ririka Sakai (Tokyo Joshi Taiku Univ.) - 46.58 m
3. Akane Kawaguchi (Nittai Univ.) - 46.20 m

D2
D2 Women's 100 m Final -1.1 m/s
1. Misaki Kodera (Sakushin Gakuin Grad School) - 12.02 - MR

D2 Women's 400 m Final
1. Konomi Anzai (Yokohama Kokusai Grad School) - 56.88

D2 Women's 100 m Hurdles Final -0.4 m/s
1. Risa Kojima (Tokyo Gakugei Grad School) - 14.58

D2 Women's Pole Vault Final
1. Kaede Okawa (Tokyo Gakugei Grad School) - 3.30 m

D2 Women's Long Jump Final
1. Miku Morioka (Yokohama Kokusai Grad School) - 5.45 m +3.6 m/s

D2 Women's Discus Throw Final
1. Minori Tsujikawa (Tsukuba Grad School) - 48.89 m

Men

D1
D1 Men's 10000 m Final
1. Patrick Mathenge Wambui (Nihon Univ.) - 28:21.45
2. Dominic Nyairo (Yamanashi Gakuin Univ.) - 28:25.55
3. Kazuya Shiojiri (Juntendo Univ.) - 28:26.64
4. Kazuya Nishiyama (Toyo Univ.) - 28:54.82
5. Katsuya Kawasumi (Daito Bunka Univ.) - 29:04.65 - PB

D1 Men's Javelin Throw Final
1. Shu Mori (Nihon Univ.) - 73.29 m
2. Yuta Sakiyama (Nihon Univ.) - 73.10 m
3. Riki Aonuma (Yamanashi Gakuin Univ.) - 70.43 m - PB

D2
D2 Men's 10000 m Final
1. Josphat Ledama Kisaisa (Obirin Univ.) - 28:26.94
2. Simon Kariuki (Nihon Yakka Univ.) - 28:52.23
3. Workneh Derese (Takushoku Univ.) - 29:16.77
4. Takato Suzuki (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.) - 29:20.84
5. Naoki Koyama (Tokyo Nogyo Univ.) - 29:24.01

D2 Men's Shot Put Final
1. Yasuhiro Kurimoto (Tokyo Gakugei Univ.) - 14.87 m - PB
2. Ryuma Funakoshi (Wellness Univ.) - 14.20 m - PB
3. Tatsuya Kubota (Jobu Univ.) - 14.12 m - PB

D3
D3 Men's 100 m Final -1.4 m/s
1. Yuta Wada (Keio Grad School) - 10.80
2. Takayuki Haranaga (Juntendo Grad School) - 10.90
3. Kan Hasegawa (Tokyo Gakugei Grad School) - 10.92

D3 Men's 400 m Final
1. Taito Tsumaki (Tokyo Kogyo Grad School) - 47.69 - MR
2. Miran Saito (Aoyama Gakuin Grad School) - 48.74 - PB
3. Kaisei Yui (Juntendo Grad School) - 48.89

D3 Men's 1500 m Final
1. Yoshihide Aoyagi (Yokohama Kokusai Grad School) - 3:57.87

D3 Men's 110 m Hurdles -2.3 m/s
1. Shuhei Ishikawa (Tsukuba Grad School) - 14.16
2. Ryo Kumada (Tokyo Bunri Grad School) - 14.46
3. Yuma Nagashima (Tokyo Kogyo Grad School) - 14.78

D3 Men's Shot Put Final
1. Yoshimasa Uzawa (Yokohama Kokusai Grad School) - 12.04 m
2. Yasushi Okamura (Dentsu Grad School) - 11.08 m
3. Teruhito Kato (Tokyo Grad School) - 10.93 m

D3 Men's 4x100 m Final
1. Shuto Grad School - 42.45

© 2018 Brett Larner, all rights reserved

Comments

Most-Read This Week

National Track and Field Championships Entry Lists

The JAAF has released the entry lists for the 2019 National Track and Field Championships to be held June 27-30 in Fukuoka. Anyone who has the standard for this fall's Doha World Championships and wins their event will be guaranteed a place on the Doha team, with most others having to wait until the IAAF's September deadline to find out if the JAAF will add them based on qualifying standard or world ranking. Fourteen athletes on the Nationals entry list across eight events currently have the standard and stand to firm up their fall schedules in Fukuoka, with another twenty-two in range of making the final cut based on current world rankings. Entry list highlights below.
103rd National Track and Field ChampionshipsEntry List Highlights
Fukuoka, June 27-30, 2019
marks listed are best in last two years except where noted
athletes in bold have cleared 2019 Doha World Championships standard
athletes in italics are currently ranked inside Doha field size without standard
complete entry …

17-Year-Old Ryuji Miura Breaks 3000 m Steeplechase High School Record in World-Leading Time

At the Kinki Region High School Track and Field Championships Saturday in Osaka’s Nagai Stadium, 17-year-old Ryuji Miura of Rakunan H.S. took down one of the oldest records in Japanese athletics, breaking the 30-year-old 3000 m steeplechase high school record by 5 seconds to win in 8:39.49.

Running in heavy rain after clocking the fastest time in the qualifying rounds, Miura went straight to the front in the final and was on his own within 200 m. From the start the record was in reach as he went through 1000 m in 2:49 and 2000 m in 5:43, building up a lead of about 200 m over the rest of the field.

Miura’s final time of 8:39.49 was the fastest in the world this year by an U18 athlete and 6th-best among U20 men, a new Japanese U18 record and all-time #2 for the U20 category. He came short of the outright Japanese high school record of 8:19.21 held by future marathon great Daniel Njenga, but took 5 seconds off the Japanese citizen high school record of 8:44.77 set back in 1989 by futu…

Japan Announces Team of 42 for Napoli Universiade

The JOC has announced a team of 42, 16 women representing 11 universities and 26 men from 13 universities, for track and field competition at next month's 30th anniversary Napoli Universiade. Jun Yamashita (Tsukuba Univ.) is the only returning medalist from the 2017 Universiade on the Japanese team, part of last time's gold medal-winning men's 4x100 m lineup. But medal chances are good in the men's and women's half marathons, both areas of traditional strength, in the men's 20 km race walk, where Masatora Kawano (Toyo Univ.) and Koki Ikeda (Toyo Univ.) have the 2nd and 3rd-best times in the world so far this year, the men's long jump, where Yuki Hashioka (Nihon Univ.) is tied for 4th-best in the world, the women's javelin throw, with Haruka Kitaguchi (Nihon Univ.) throwing 8th-best in the world this season, the men's 400 m hurdles, where Masaki Toyoda (Hosei Univ.) is ranked 18th in the world this season, and the men's pole vault, with Masaki E…