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First-Years Dominate 1500 m Finals - Kanto Region University Track and Field Championships Day Two Highlights

Day Two of Kanto Regionals dawned windy, bringing loads of performances that exceeded the meet records but missed the books thanks to a tailwind over the limit. The D1 men's 1500 m wasn't one of them.

A slow 72 second first lap led to a 2:22 split at 800 m, a full 5 seconds slower than what the women's final went through it in. Yudai Noguchi (Juntendo Univ.) made a break for it from around 700 m out, but it wasn't until just into the last lap that former indoor mile national record holder and captain of 2019 Hakone Ekiden champion Tokai University's Ryoji Tatezawa went after him with rookie first-year teammate Kazuto Iizawa in tow. In the home straight Tatezawa reeled Noguchi in and looked to have a senior year title sealed up, but at the last second Iizawa pulled even with him.

Both throwing their arms straight forward at the line and Tatezawa going into full dive mode, when the results came up on the screen Iizawa had taken his team captain down by the tiniest of margins, 3:56.80 to 3:56.81, both with a 53-second last lap. Quite the star recruit for Tokai to add to is Hakone champ roster. Shoma Funatsu (Chuo Univ.) overtook Noguchi for 3rd in 3:58.01.

The women's 1500 m final went out right on pace for the 4:16.64 meet record, splitting 2:17 at 800 m, 5 seconds faster than what the D1 men split. First-year Reimi Yoshimura (Daito Bunka Univ.) was the only one to make a go of sustaining that, going to the front 50 m before the bell and kicking away from the field to win in 4:18.40, just off the MR but a big PB and over 5 seconds faster than 2nd-placer Wakana Kabasawa (Keio Univ.). Yoshimura's win gave DBU another distance title along with teammate Yuka Suzuki's win in yesterday's 10000 m.

Yet another first-year won the D2 men's 1500 m. Kenyan Daniel Kayiok (Obirin Univ.) soloed his way to the win in 3:45.32, 0.15 under the D2 meet record set four years ago by Hiroya Inoue (Jobu Univ.). Kohei Yano (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.) was a distant 2nd in 3:49.05, with the top nine all bettering D1 winner Iizawa's time.

The D1 men's 100 m, 110 m hurdles and triple jump, and the women's 100 m and 110 m hurdles all saw winning times under the meet records, in the case of the men's hurdles and triple jump under the Kanto Region record, but all with illegal wind aid. Which pretty much shows why that rule is in place. For the most part the wind hovered around the +2.6 m/s level, but in the D1 men's 100 m final it was up to +4.3 m/s. That pushed second-year Daisuke Miyamoto, heir to national record holder Yoshihide Kiryu's legacy at Toyo University and to Toyo's infrastructural investments in making Kiryu what he became, to a 10.02 winning time, 0.03 under Kiryu's legal meet record. It'll have to wait for another day for Miyamoto to try to get there for real, but even so he was the class of the field, pulling away from Bruno Dede (Tokai Univ.) and the rest of the competition to win by a margin of 0.09.

Kanto Regionals continue through Sunday.

98th Kanto Region University Track and Field Championships

Day Two Highlights
Gion Stadium, Sagamihara, Kanagawa, 5/24/19
complete results


Women's 100 m Final +2.6 m/s
1. Kanako Yuasa (Nittai Univ.) - 11.43
2. Miko Yamada (Nittai Univ.) - 11.62
3. Shuri Aono (Yamanashi Gakuin Univ.) - 11.66

Women's 400 m Final
1. Kana Koyama (Waseda Univ.) - 54.57
2. Yuna Iwata (Chuo Univ.) - 54.68
3. Airi Oshima (Chuo Univ.) - 55.30

Women's 1500 m Final
1. Reimi Yoshimura (Daito Bunka Univ.) - 4:18.40
2. Wakana Kabasawa (Keio Univ.) - 4:23.66
3. Haruru Asahi (Nittai Univ.) - 4:25.33
4. Minami Sato (Juntendo Univ.) - 4:25.71
5. Momoka Hatta (Takushoku Univ.) - 4:26.31

Women's 100 m Hurdles Final +2.6 m/s
1. Nana Fujimori (Meiji Univ.) - 13.24
2. Ayumi Kobayashi (Keio Univ.) - 13.25
3. Marumi Kanai (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.) - 13.41

Women's 10000 m Race Walk Final
1. Nami Hayashi (Juntendo Univ.) - 47:48.83
2. Sae Kitakoji (Rikkyo Univ.) - 48:32.81
3. Ai Murakami (Juntendo Univ.) - 49:10.41

Women's 4x100 m Relay Final
1. Nittai Univ. - 45.09
2. Aoyama Gakuin Univ. - 45.50
3. Kokushikan Univ. - 45.72

Women's High Jump Final
1. Moe Takeuchi (Daito Bunka Univ.) - 1.77 m
2. Nagisa Takahashi (Nihon Univ.) - 1.74 m
3. Haruna Umehara (Nihon Univ.) - 1.74 m

Women's Hammer Throw Final
1. Kiyono Sekiguchi (Tsukuba Univ.) - 59.86 m
2. Miharu Kodate (Ryutsu Keizai Univ.) - 59.50 m
3. Momoko Watanabe (Tsukuba Univ.) - 57.53 m

Women's Javelin Throw Final
1. Tomoka Kuwazoe (Tsukuba Univ.) - 56.72 m
2. Akiho Hyodo (Tsukuba Univ.) - 52.77 m
3. Sayaka Morinishi (Tokyo Gakugei Univ.) - 50.85 m

Divison 1 Men

D1 Men's 100 m Final +4.3 m/s
1. Daisuke Miyamoto (Toyo Univ.) - 10.02
2. Bruno Dede (Tokai Univ.) - 10.11
3. Soshi Mizukubo (Josai Univ.) - 10.19

D1 Men's 400 m Final
1. Naoki Kitadani (Tokai Univ.) - 46.28
2. Kota Wakabayashi (Surugadai Univ.) - 46.34
3. Rikuya Ito (Waseda Univ.) - 46.82

D1 Men's 1500 m Final
1. Kazuto Iizawa (Tokai Univ.) - 3:56.80
2. Ryoji Tatezawa (Tokai Univ.) - 3:56.81
3. Shoma F unatsu (Chuo Univ.) - 3:58.01
4. Yudai Noguchi (Juntendo Univ.) - 3:58.57
5. Ryosuke Iwaki (Nihon Univ.) - 3:59.24

D1 Men's 110 m Hurdles Final +2.7 m/s
1. Shunsuke Izumiya (Juntendo Univ.) - 13.41
2. Kaito Yoshima (Hosei Univ.) - 13.80
3. Kyohei Terada (Kokusai Budo Univ.) - 13.84

D1 Men's 4x100 m Relay Final
1. Chuo Univ. - 39.04
2. Toyo Univ. - 39.06
3. Hosei Univ. - 39.41

D1 Men's Long Jump Final
1. Hibiki Tsuha (Toyo Univ.) - 8.26 m +2.3 m/s
2. Shunsuke Izumiya (Juntendo Univ.) - 8.09 m +3.8 m/s
3. Yuki Hashioka (Nihon Univ.) - 8.04 m +2.7 m/s

D1 Men's Shot Put Final
1. Ryuji Iwasa (Tokai Univ.) - 17.07 m
2. Satoshi Hanyuda (Tsukuba Univ.) - 16.61 m
3. Hiroto Sato (Nihon Univ.) - 16.39 m

D1 Men's Decathlon Final Standings
1. Yuma Maruyama (Nihon Univ.) - 7585
2. Shun Taue (Juntendo Univ.) - 7428
3. Ryoya Moriguchi (Tokai Univ.) - 7162

Divison 2 Men

D2 Men's 100 m Final +3.0 m/s
1. Yusaku Tanaka (Ryutsu Keizai Univ.) - 10.40
2. Subaru Inoue (Tokyo Univ.) - 10.42
3. Shuta Moro (Sakushin Gakuin Univ.) - 10.49

D2 Men's 400 m Final
1. Naofumi Oya (Keio Univ.) - 46.99
2. Sota Hoshino (Tokyo Keizai Univ.) - 47.52
3. Shun Iijima (Rikkyo Univ.) - 47.74

D2 Men's 1500 m Final
1. Daniel Kayiok (Obirin Univ.) - 3:45.32 - MR
2. Kohei Yano (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.) - 3:49.05
3. Yu Saito (Jobu Univ.) - 3:49.41
4. Atsuya Ubukata (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.) - 3:52.06
5. Keiichi Terashima (Teikyo Univ.) - 3:52.08

D2 Men's 100 m Hurdles Final +3.8 m/s
1. Subaru Nakano (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.) - 14.01
2. Keita Shoji (Ryutsu Keizai Univ.) - 14.32
3. Takaki Maemitsumori (Tokyo Gakegei Univ.) - 14.38

D2 Men's 4x100 m Relay Final
1. Sakushin Gakuin Univ. - 39.93
2. Rikkyo Univ. - 40.34
3. Ryutsu Keizai Univ. - 40.42

D2 Men's Triple Jump Final
1. Tomoro Yokomori (Yamanashi Gakuin Univ.) - 15.20 m +2.0 m/s
2. Ryo Kikuchi (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.) - 15.34 m +2.8 m/s
3. Toshimitsu Kosaka (Tokyo Noko Univ.) - 15.06 m +3.8 m/s

D2 Men's Decathlon Final Standings
1. Teruhisa Motohashi (Tokyo Gakugei Univ.) - 7072
2. Masato Kotsubo (Tokyo Gakugei Univ.) - 6563
3. Taiki Amemiya (Tokyo Gakugei Univ.) - 6464

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