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National University Track and Field Championships Day One Highlights

Thursday saw the first day of the 87th National University Track and Field Championships get underway at Kanagawa's Todoroki Stadium. The most surprising result of the day came in the first heat of the women's 4x100 m relay qualifying round, where both Ritsumeikan University and Aoyama Gakuin University broke the meet record. Ritsumeikan was just 0.02 off the national collegiate record in 44.82 with AGU right behind in 44.89. No other team broke 45 seconds, promising a head-to-head race for the collegiate record and national title in tomorrow's final.

In the men's 4x100 m qualifying round national collegiate record holder Chuo University was the only team to break 39 seconds, marking itself as the heavy favorite in the final with a time of 38.90.

In early finals action, Rika Kaseda (Meijo Univ.) and Josphat Ledama Kisaisa (Obirin Univ.) won the women's and men's 10000 m, Kaseda in 33:29.20 and Kisaisa in 28:28.48. Mayu Nasu (Sonoda Gakuen Joshi Univ.) won the women's pole vault in 3.90 m and Nanaka Kori (Kyushu Kyoritsu)  the women's discus with a throw of 55.31 m. Shinichi Yukinaga (Shikoku Univ.)  took the men's shot put title with a 17.47 m throw.

The National University Track and Field Championships continue through Sunday.

87th National University Track and Field Championships

Day One Highlights
Todoroki Stadium, 9/6/18
complete results

Women's 10000 m Final
1. Rika Kaseda (2nd yr., Meijo Univ.) - 33:29.20
2. Hitomi Mizuguchi (4th yr., Osaka Gakuin Univ.) - 33:35.41
3. Yukina UEda (3rd yr., Tsukuba Univ.) - 33:37.34
4. Ena Kagayama (4th yr., Ritsumeikan Univ.) - 33:44.66
5. Hikaru Sudo (2nd yr., Tohoku Fukushi Univ.) - 33:45.91

Women's Pole Vault Final
1. Mayu Nasu (4th yr., Sonoda Gakuen Joshi Univ.) - 3.90 m
2. Akane Wakazono (4th yr., Tsukuba Univ.) - 3.80 m
3. Misaki Morota (2nd yr., Chuo Univ.) - 3.80 m

Women's Discus Throw Final
1. Nanaka Kori (3rd yr., Kyushu Kyoritsu Univ.) - 55.31 m
2. Minori Tsujikawa (1st yr., Tsukuba Univ. Grad School) - 50.71 m
3. Ririka Sakai (3rd yr., Tokyo Joshi Taiiku Univ.) - 48.89 m

Women's 1500 m Final Qualifying Standings
Nanako Iwamura (3rd yr., Fukuoka Univ.) - 4:26.53 - 1st, Heat 1
Kana Tsuchida (3rd yr., Tokyo Nogyo Univ.) - 4:26.25 - 2nd, Heat 1
Tomomi Musembi Takamatsu (1st yr., Meijo Univ.) - 4:26.26 - 3rd, Heat 1
Natsu Hashimoto (3rd yr., Kyoto Sangyo Univ.) - 4:26.52 - 4th, Heat 1 - q
Mana Aomatsu (1st yr., Bukkyo Univ.) - 4:28.30 - 5th, Heat 1 - q
Ayano Sugahara (2nd yr., Biwagaku Univ.) - 4:29.02 - 6th, Heat 1 - q
Nokoka Hosaka (3rd yr., Tokyo Nogyo Univ.) - 4:29.04 - 1st, Heat 3
Mina Ueda (4th yr., Josai Univ.) - 4:29.35 - 2nd, Heat 3
Hina Yanagitani (1st yr., Kansai Univ.) - 4:29.37 - 3rd, Heat 3
Ayani Higuma (3rd  yr., Kanoya Taiiku Univ.) - 4:29.37 - 4th, Heat 4 - q
Mai Ota (1st yr., Ritsumeikan Univ.) - 4:29.55 - 7th, Heat 1 - q
Yuzu Nishide (1st yr., Kansai Gaikokugo Univ.) - 4:29.59 - 8th, Heat 1 - q
Haruka Fujikawa (2nd yr., Kanoya Taiiku Univ.) - 4:31.39 - 1st, Heat 2
Ayano Ide (2nd yr., Fukuoka Univ.) - 4:32.05 - 2nd, Heat 2
Chika Sakurai (3rd yr., Hyogo Univ.) - 4:33.00 - 3rd, Heat 2

Women's 4x100 m Final Qualifying Standings
Ritsumeikan Univ. - 44.82 - MR - 1st, Heat 1
Aoyama Gakuin Univ. - 44.89 (MR) - 2nd, Heat 1 -q
Fukuoka Univ. - 45.09 - 1st, Heat 4
Nittai Univ. - 45.14 - 1st, Heat 3
Osaka Seikei Univ. - 45.33 - 2nd, Heat 4 - q
Konan Univ. - 45.60 - 1st, Heat 2
Yamanashi Gakuin Univ. - 45.62 - 2nd, Heat 3 - q
Sonoda Gakuen Joshi Univ. - 45.72 - 2nd, Heat 2 - q

Men's 10000 m Final
1. Josphat Ledama Kisaisa (3rd yr., Obirin Univ.) - 28:28.48
2. Patrick Mathenge Wambui (4th yr., Nihon Univ.) - 28:34.09
3. Yuya Yoshida (3rd yr., Aoyama Gakuin Univ.) - 29:47.93
4. Takato Imai (3rd yr., Ritsumeikan Univ.) - 29:52.73
5. Yuki Ishii (3rd yr., Kwansei Gakuin Univ.) - 29:58.29

Men's Shot Put Final
1. Shinichi Yukinaga (3rd yr., Shikoku Univ.) - 17.47 m
2. Tetsuo Kawaguchi (4th yr., Nihon Univ.) - 17.10 m
3. Reiji Takeda (1st yr., Shikoku Univ. Grad School) - 17.00 m

Men's 1500 m Final Qualifying Standings
Ryoji Tatezawa (3rd yr., Tokai Univ.) - 3:44.91 - 1st, Heat 3
Masato Saiki (2nd yr., Tsukuba Univ. Grad School) - 3:45.28 - 2nd, Heat 3
Kazuyoshi Tamogami (3rd yr., Chuo Univ.) - 3:46.68 - 3rd, Heat 3
Shunpei Okawa (4th yr., Kokushikan Univ.) - 3:46.87 - 4th, Heat 3 - q
Yusuke Takahashi (1st yr., Hokkaido Univ.) - 3:47.01 - 5th, Heat 3 - q
Aoshi Kobayashi (1st yr., Kanoya Taiiku Univ.) - 3:47.05 - 1st, Heat 2
Ryota Sasaya (1st yr., Juntendo Univ.) - 3:47.13 - 6th, Heat 3 - q
Chota Ichisawa (2nd yr., Komazawa Univ.) - 3:47.20 - 7th, Heat 3 - q
Kakeru Nakamura (3rd yr., Toyo Univ.) - 3:47.55 - 8th, Heat 3 -q
Kohei Otake (2nd, Hiroshima Keizai Univ.) - 3:47.60 - 9th, Heat 3 - q
Riku Kimura (3rd yr., Tokai Univ.) - 3:48.57 - 2nd, Heat 2
Kodai Chihara (3rd yr., Asia Pacific Univ.) - 3:48.60 - 3rd, Heat 2
Rikuto Iijima (3rd yr., Waseda Univ.) - 3:51.55 - 1st, Heat 1
Jun Mikami (2nd yr., Kyoto Kyoiku Univ. Grad School) - 3:51.80 - 2nd, Heat 1
Kosuke Moritani (1st yr., Osaka Kyoiku Univ. Grad School) - 3:51.99 - 3rd, Heat 1

Men'x 4x100 m Relay Final Qualifying Standings
Chuo Univ. - 38.90 - 1st, Heat 1
Daito Bunka Univ. - 39.16 - 1st, Heat 2
Kwansei Gakuin Univ. - 39.33 - 1st, Heat 5
Keio Univ. - 39.34 - 2nd, Heat 2 - q
Chukyo Univ. - 39.36 - 2nd Heat 5 - q
Kinki Univ. - 39.39 - 3rd, Heat 2 - q
Nittai Univ. - 39.51 - 1st, Heat 4
Josai Univ. - 39.74 - 1st, Heat 3

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