Student runners show tough form in 10K, half marathon
By Roselyn B. Monroyo
Variety News Staff
MARIANAS High School runners lead the students’ rush in the 10K and half marathon races in last Saturday’s 2008 Saipan Winter Festival of Runs.
MHS’s Nate Mateo, Ken Yoshimoto and Champ Untalan placed in the top three of the 15-19 age-group division of the boys’ 10K race.
Mateo, who was the top finisher in last year’s 10K with a time of 41 minutes, 27 seconds, clocked in at 46:49. Yamamoto posted 46:51, while Untalan recorded 47:03.
In the 14-and-under division, Saipan International School’s Angelo Jones was the first finisher timing in at 55:50, followed by Whispering Palms students and siblings Kenyon (1:00:19) and Crosby Schultz (1:02:53).
In the women’s division, Madison Schultz, also of Whispering Palms, topped the 14-and-under division timing in at 1:10:15.
SIS’s Kathy Johnson was the first finisher in the 15 to 19 age group clocking in at 58:03 in the 10K race.
In the longest race, the 42.91-k marathon, the youngest participant was Saipan Southern High School and 18-year old David Bautista, who finished 19th in the 36-man field after timing in at 5:11:55.
Matt Mancao of MHS took a longer course than his Dolphins teammates and conquered the 20.96-k half marathon.
He was the top finisher in the 15 to 19 age group and seventh overall among 40 participants, clocking in at 1:43:32.
Eli Torgeson won the half marathon timing in at 1:21: 00 and breaking the 1:23:00 record set by Japan’s Hiyoshi Tanabe in the inaugural race in 2006. Guam’s Amy Atkinson topped the women’s division with her time of 1:37:47, but failed to shatter Miyo Tanabe’s record of 1:31:40.
Listed below were the top placers in various age groups in the 10K, half marathon and marathon races.
10K: Rebecca Newman and Daisuke Matsuo (20-29); Nikki Gabaldon and Kenichiro Watanabe (30-39); Melanie Daly and Irineo Isip (40-49); Suzy Kindel and Steve Pixley (50-59); and Setsuko Fujita and Stan Good (60-and-above).
Half marathon: Noemie Neipert and Takahiro Tsushima (20-29); Akiko Hagiwara and Lester Kenneth Neipert (30-39); Keiko Nakakarumai and Amando Danao (40-49); Uryu Hideaki and Fumiko Okubo (50-59); and Richard Harvey (60-and-above).
Marathon: Yoshie Matsushita and Kamiya Tsuyoshi (20-29); Barbara Tayama and Eiji Ishiyama (30-39); Yohihiro Narui (40-49); Murayama Kumiko and Masahiko Iida (50-59); and Ota Mikiko and Motoharu Baba (60-and-above).