Kanagawa Wins Nationwide College Ekiden Kanto Area Qualifier

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House to Japan’s finest college males’s distance operating groups, the Tokyo space held its qualifier for November’s Nationwide College Males’s Ekiden Sunday at Sagamihara Gion Stadium in rural Kanagawa. 20 groups of 8 runners every competed for 7 spots accessible at Nationals, with 2 runners from every workforce operating in 4 heats of 10000 m and groups scored on their 8 runners’ complete instances. For the primary time, 3 of the 4 heats had successful instances below 29 minutes, making it the highest-level version in occasion historical past.

Tokai College, Toyo College and Soka College had been the favorites to take the highest 3 spots, with a minimum of 9 groups in competition for the remaining 4. Tokai was robust out of the gate, 2nd-year Hibiki Yoshida operating a PB 28:59.50 to win Warmth 1 by over 45 seconds. Toyo’s Ren Umezaki was third in 29:49.77 and Soka’s Kaiya Yokoyama fifth in 29:50.51, and interspersed between them in an indication of issues to come back had been Kanagawa College 1st-year Haruto Miyamoto and Daito Bunka College‘s Yugo Nishidai.

DBU’s Peter Wanjiru, the one Kenyan athlete to not run in Warmth 4, beat Toyo duo Takaya Kumazaki and Keishun Kushima to win Warmth 2 in 28:48.57, and with a PB from its different runner Yukihiro Otani DBU was in an unexpectedly robust place midway via the meet. Tokai and Soka dropped, neither Tokai runner clearing half-hour and Soka’s Ryo Yoshida operating solely 30:24.01.

Warmth 3 was the slowest, nevertheless it had one other DBU runner, 4th-year Haruto Ono, out entrance with a 29:41.26 for the win. Kanagawa’s Atsuki Kobayashi and Atsushi Utsuno took 2nd and fifth, whereas Tokai and Toyo took hits with their 2nd runners each over half-hour. Kanagawa led the workforce standings after the third race, with solely 25 seconds separating fifth and ninth.

Soka 4th-year Philip Mulwa took Warmth 4 out laborious, main a pack of 9 Kenyans from completely different colleges to win in 28:21.68. Submit-race Mulwa was blissful, saying he’d been injured post-Hakone and that the win in his first race this season gave him a good suggestion of the place he stands in his health. He had extra purpose to be blissful when teammate Yudai Shimazu got here dwelling in 29:06.39, sealing Soka’s first-ever Nationals look.

Boniface Mulwa of Yamanashi Gakuin College was 2nd in 28:38.56 and Peter Kamau of Kokushikan College third in 28:44.66. Toyo’s Kazuki Matsuyama was the highest Japanese man at fifth in 28:52.36, main the chase pack behind Mulwa’s quick early tempo and stopping a breakaway problem from Tokai’s Yuto Kajitani.

When the workforce scores had been in Kanagawa was the shock winner in 3:57:35.80 by lower than 18 seconds, not successful any particular person races however the one workforce with all 8 runners below half-hour. Toyo, a top-tier workforce operating the qualifier for the primary time in 14 years after a nasty race at Nationals final yr, was 2nd, with fellow pre-race favorites Soka and Tokai going 3-4 and DBU a stable fifth 25 seconds behind Tokai. Chuo Gakuin College was sixth, with Nihon College beating Josai College by 40 seconds to take the ultimate qualifying spot. Nihon Yakka College was a uncommon DNF when Kenyan 4th-year Noah Kiplimo slowed to a stroll, then dropped out of Warmth 4. All 7 groups qualifying groups now be a part of the 8 different Tokyo-area colleges that crammed the rostrum ultimately yr’s Nationals and the most effective from the remainder of the nation at November’s foremost occasion.

54th Nationwide College Males’s Ekiden Kanto Area Qualifier

Sagamihara Gion Stadium, Kanagawa, 19 June, 2022

workforce scores are cumulative instances for 8×10000 m

Workforce Outcomes – prime 7 qualify for Nationals

1. Kanagawa College – 3:57:35.80

2. Toyo College – 3:57:54.30

3. Soka College – 3:58:09.99

4. Tokai College – 3:58:10.86

5. Daito Bunka College – 3:58:36.05

6. Chuo Gakuin College – 3:58:48.82

7. Nihon College – 3:59:04.40

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8. Josai College – 3:59:44.33

9. Teikyo College – 4:00:05.07

10. Kokushikan College – 4:00:32.79

11. Rikkyo College – 4:01:03.46

12. Yamanashi Gakuin College – 4:01:08.38

13. Surugadai College – 4:01:19.69

14. Hosei College – 4:03:00.70

15. Nittai College – 4:05:07.57

16. Senshu College – 4:05:25.59

17. Jobu College – 4:06:42.50

18. Takushoku College – 4:08:18.49

19. Tokyo Nogyo College – 4:08:57.35

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DNF – Nihon Yakka College

Particular person Outcomes

Warmth 1

1. Hibiki Yoshida (2nd yr., Tokai Univ.) – 28:59.50 – PB

2. Haruto Miyamoto (1st yr., Kanagawa Univ.) – 29:45.40

3. Ren Umezaki (2nd yr., Toyo Univ.) – 29:49.77

4. Yugo Nishidai (2nd yr., Daito Bunka Univ.) – 29:50.12 – PB

5. Kaiya Yokoyama (4th yr., Soka Univ.) – 29:50.51

Warmth 2

1. Peter Wanjiru (2nd yr., Daito Bunka Univ.) – 28:48.57

2. Takaya Kumazaki (third yr., Toyo Univ.) – 29:29.31

3. Keishun Kushima (third yr., Toyo Univ.) – 29:41.49

4. Kaito Suetsugu (third yr., Teikyo Univ.) – 29:46.86

5. Shota Shimazaki (4th yr., Kanagawa Univ.) – 29:49.84

Warmth 3

1. Haruto Ono (4th yr., Daito Bunka Univ.) – 29:41.26

2. Atsuki Kobayashi (third yr., Kanagawa Univ.) – 29:44.53

3. Daisuke Kuwata (third yr., Soka Univ.) – 29:45.45

4. Tatsuya Matsuoka (4th yr., Nihon Univ.) – 29:45.99

5. Atsushi Utsuno (third yr., Kanagawa Univ.) – 29:47.29

Warmth 4

1. Philip Mulwa (4th yr., Soka Univ.) – 28:21.68

2. Boniface Mulwa (4th yr., Yamanashi Gakuin Univ.) – 28:38.56

3. Peter Kamau (2nd yr., Kokushikan Univ.) – 28:44.66

4. Godfrey Musanga (1st yr., Surugadai Univ.) – 28:47.58 – PB

5. Kazuki Matsuyama (third yr., Toyo Univ.) – 28:52.36

6. Toru Kubota (third yr., Daito Bunka Univ.) – 28:53.61

7. Yuto Kajitani (2nd yr., Tokai Univ.) – 28:57.56

8. Reishi Yoshida (2nd yr., Chuo Gakuin Univ.) – 28:58.47

9. Ryosuke Yamasaki (4th yr., Kanagawa Univ.) – 28:58.74 – PB

10. Charles Ndungu (4th yr., Nihon Univ.) – 28:58.75

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