http://www.hochi.co.jp/sports/etc/20150225-OHT1T50141.html translated by Brett Larner This week the Federation announced the Japanese national team for the Mar. 28 World Cross Country Championships in Guiyang, China. Making the senior women's 8 km squad for the first time is the Star of the North, Hokkaido's native daughter Miho Shimizu (24, Team Hokuren). Her first time making a Japanese national team, Shimizu was hopeful as she said, "It's a great honor. I want to run an aggressive race, experience the level and strength of the world's top athlete and apply what I learn there to track season." At the first of the two selection races, the Feb. 8 Chiba International Cross Country Meet she ran 29:30 for 8 km to place 5th overall as the 4th Japanese woman. At the second selection race, the Feb. 21 Fukuoka International Cross Country Meet, she took 3rd overall in the 6th in 20:02, scoring her place on the team by finishing as the 2nd Japanese woman.