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Kobayashi and Yamashita Break National Records at National High School Championships

The 2018 National High School Track and Field Championships took place in the midst of a heatwave that saw temperatures in nearby Nagoya go over 40˚C on a nearly daily basis. Track events mostly suffered, but all the same there were two new high school national records and five other meet records, all but one on the field.

The only record on the track came in the girls' 100 m hurdles, where Ayumi Kobayashi (Funabashi H.S.) broke the high school national record with a mark of 13.34 (-0.3 m/s), bettering the 2007-era record by 0.05 seconds. The other new national record was in the boys' discus throw, where Kosei Yamashita (Gifu Shogyo H.S.)  threw 58.02 m  to surpass the previous record by almost a meter and a half.

The only record on the boys' side was a meet record 65.98 m Yuki Taneichi (Hirosaki Jitsugyo H.S.) in the hammer throw, less than a meter and a half off the high school national record. 2nd-placer Daisuke Kumon (Imabari Meitoku) was also under the old meet record, just 10 cm off Taneichi's mark at 65.88 m Meet records were tied or broken in four girls' field events including the hammer throw, where a 54.60 m throw by Momoko Watanabe (Tsuruga H.S.) led the top three under the old meet record.

In distance events, the lone noteworthy mark came in the girls' 3000 m where 18-year-old Marta Mokaya (Oita Tomei H.S.) ran a quick 8:51.41 PB on the final day of the championships to win the national title. Her fellow Kenyan teammate Benuel Mogeni did the double in the boys' distance events, winning the 1500 m in 3:47.65 and the 5000 m in 14:05.49.

71st National High School Track and Field Championships

Mie, Aug. 2-6, 2018
complete results

100 m - Midori Mikase (Eniwa Kita H.S.) - 11.74 +0.0 m/s
200 m - Aiko Iki (Kyoto Tachibana H.S.) - 23.78 +0.8 m/s
400 m - Saki Takashima (Soyo H.S.) - 53.78
800 m - Mami Yamaguchi (Kitakyushu Municipal H.S.) - 2:07.98
1500 m - Agnes Mukari (Kurashiki H.S.) - 4:17.17
3000 m - Marta Mokaya (Oita Tomei H.S.) - 8:51.41 - PB
100 mH - Ayumi Kobayashi (Funabashi H.S.) - 13.34 -0.3 m/s - HS NR
400 mH - Saori Oike (Tokushima Shiritsu H.S.) - 59.00
5000 mRW - Ai Murakami (Shokei Gakuen H.S.) - 23:24.86
4x100 m Relay - Ritsumeikan Keisho H.S. - 45.68
4x400 m Relay - Soyo H.S. - 3:40.99
High Jump - Sawa Otaki (Hamamatsu Nishi H.S.) - 1.75 m
Pole Vault - Reina Tanaka (Kanonji Daiichi H.S.) - 3.90 m - MR
Long Jump - Ayaka Kora (Sonoda Gakuen H.S.) - 6.14 m -0.5 m/s
Triple Jump - Chiaki Kawazoe (Matsuyama Kita H.S.) - 12.61 m -1.3 m/s - MR
Shot Put - Fumika Ono (Seibudai H.S.) - 14.55 m
Discus Throw - Maki Saito (Tsuruoka Kogyo H.S.) - 49.51 m - MR
Hammer Throw - Momoko Watanabe (Tsuruga H.S.) - 54.60 m - MR
Javelin Throw - Asuka Nishikawa (Sakuya Konohana H.S.) - 50.87 m
Heptathlon - Kyoka Ikeda (Toba H.S.) - 5063

100 m - Justin Junpei Tsukamoto (Josai H.S.) - 10.43 -0.3 m/s
200 m - Yuki Takagi (Tokai Shizuoka Shoyo H.S.) - 21.13 -1.6 m/s
400 m - Shushi Mori (Hokkaido Sakae H.S.) - 47.14
800 m - Aaron Clay (Soyo H.S.) - 1:50.05
1500 m - Benuel Mogeni (Oita Tomei H.S.) - 3:47.65
5000 m - Benuel Mogeni (Oita Tomei H.S.) - 14:05.49
110 mH - Ryuto Abe (Fukuoka Ohori H.S.) - 14.09 +1.6 m/s
400 mH - Haruto Deguchi (Higashi Fukuoka H.S.) - 51.17
3000 mSC - Philemon Kiplagat (Kurashiki H.S.) - 8:49.06
5000 mRW - Kazuki Yanagibashi (Ryukoku Toyama H.S.) - 21:11.94
4x100 m Relay - Yachiyo Gakuen H.S. - 40.10
4x400 m Relay - Hosei Daini H.S. - 3:13.92
High Jump - Ryotaro Shibata (Yashiro H.S.) - 2.09 m
Pole Vault - Yosuke Osaki (Akaishi Shogyo H.S.) - 5.00 m
Long Jump - Taiki Kaihoko (Seibudai Chiba H.S.) - 7.67 m +3.9 m/s
Triple Jump - Motoki Matsuda (Yamagata Chuo H.S.) - 15.70 m +3.5 m/s
Discus Throw - Kosei Yamashita (Gifu Shogyo H.S.) - 58.02 m - HS NR
Hammer Throw - Yuki Taneichi (Hirosaki Jitsugyo H.S.) - 65.98 m - MR
Javelin Throw - Kentaro Nakamura (Seifu Nankai H.S.) - 69.84 m
Shot Put - Hayate Inafuku (Gifu Shogyo H.S.) - 18.14 m
Octathlon - Toma Komai (Nishi Joyo H.S.) - 5934

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