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Kiryu Takes Final Kanto 100 m Title - Kanto Regionals Day Two Highlights

by Brett Larner


Day two of the Kanto Region University Track and Field Championships saw one of the the country's greats, Rio Olympics men's 4x100 m silver medalist Yoshihide Kiryu (Toyo Univ.), lining up in the meet's 100 m for the final time of his college career. Heading into the semi-finals with the fastest time in the heats, Kiryu easily topped the semis with a 10.15 +1.8 m/s to take the top spot among the qualifiers for the final. There he ran 10.24 -0.5 m/s to add one last Kanto 100 m title to his collection. Anchoring Toyo's 4x100 m team he brought them home in 4th in 39.56, leaving just one more event, the 200 m, before he wraps up his final appearance at Japan's best meet.


Kiryu aside, the day was highlighted by four meet records on both the track and field. In the D2 men's 400 m final Fuga Sato (Sakushin Gakuin Univ.) set a new meet record of 46.32, a time that would have put him 3rd in the D1 final. In the D1 men's 110 mH final  Taio Kanai (Hosei Univ.) shaved 0.01 off the meet record to win in 13.63 +0.4 m/s.  In the women's javelin throw Marina Saito (Kokushikan Univ.) threw a meet record 61.07 m to win by almost 9 meters. The final new record came in the men's D1 long jump with the day's most exciting competition. Going into their final jumps Nihon University teammates Yuki Hashioka and Daiki Oda were tied at 7.78 m. On his final attempt Hashioka, a first-year, miraculously jumped a meet record 8.04 m, and when four-year Oda blew his last try the title went to the younger new star.


The day's main long distance action was the women's 10000 m. Due to the Hakone Ekiden-induced predominance of men's long distance in the Hakone region, the Kansai region is traditionally stronger in university women's distance. But nevertheless, this year's women's 10000 m had both quality and depth. Natsuki Sekiya (Daito Bunka Univ.), runner-up in the 5000 m last year, edged local Saitama rival Maki Izumida (Rikkyo Univ.) and last year's winner Ai Hosoda (Nittai Univ.) by 0.11 to take the title in 33:12.05. Last year Hosoda doubled back from her 10000 m title to win the 5000 m. On Sunday Sekiya will try to duplicate that feat on the meet's closing day.

96th Kanto Region University Track and Field Championships
Day Two Highlights
Nissan Stadium, Yokohama, 5/26/17
click here for complete results

Men's 100 m Final - Divison 1 -0.5 m/s
1. Yoshihide Kiryu (Toyo Univ.) - 10.24
2. Akihiro Higashida (Tsukuba Univ.) - 10.39
3. Ippei Takeda (Chuo Univ.) - 10.40

Men's 100 m Final - Division 2 +0.9 m/s
1. Yusuke Tanaka (Wellness Univ.) - 10.40
2. Issei Kobayashi (Surugadai Univ.) - 10.54
3. Kirara Shiraishi (Daito Bunka Univ.) - 10.55

Women's 100 m Final +1.5 m/s
1. Arisa Kimishima (Nittai Univ.) - 11.73
2. Sayaka Adachi (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.) - 11.76
3. Sayaka Takeuchi (Keio Univ.) - 11.79

Men's 400 m Final - Division 1
1. Takamasa Kitagawa (Juntendo Univ.) - 46.17
2. Mizuki Obuchi (Tokai Univ.) - 46.19
3. Kakeru Yamaki (Nihon Univ.) - 46.92

Men's 400m Final - Division 2
1. Fuga Sato (Sakushin Gakuin Univ.) - 46.32 - MR
2. Kota Wakabayashi (Surugadai Univ.) - 46.70
3. Shigeki Nakagawa (Surugadai Univ.) - 47.50

Women's 400 m Final
1. Yuna Iwata (Chuo Univ.) - 54.36
2. Kana Koyama (Waseda Univ.) - 54.82
3. Hinako Sato (Daito Bunka Univ.) - 55.54

Women's 10000 m
1. Natsuki Sekiya (Daito Bunka Univ.) - 33:12.05
2. Maki Izumida (Rikkyo Univ.) - 33:12.16
3. Ai Hosoda (Nittai Univ.) - 33:13.29
4. Saori Imamura (Juntendo Univ.) - 33:15.21
5. Yuki Munehisa (Tokyo Nogyo Univ.) - 33:21.97
6. Yumi Motohiro (Daito Bunka Univ.) - 33:26.07
7. Rino Goshima (Chuo Univ.) - 33:27.19
8. Yuri Karasawa (Nittai Univ.) - 33:43.69
9. Yuki Sato (Tokyo Nogyo Univ.) - 34:05.12
10. Maho Okura (Toyo Univ.) - 34:05.82

Men's 110 m Hurdles Final - Division 1 +0.4 m/s
1. Taio Kanai (Hosei Univ.) - 13.63 - MR
2. Shuhei Ishikawa (Tsukuba Univ.) - 13.72
3. Takumu Furuya (Waseda Univ.) - 13.78

Men's 110 m Hurdles Final - Division 2 +0.5 m/s
1. Takafumi Iguchi (Rikkyo Univ.) - 14.25
2. Ryo Kumada (Tokyo Rika Univ.) - 14.28
3. Takashi Yagi (Surugadai Univ.) - 14.33

Women's 100m Hurdles Final +1.9 m/s
1. Mako Fukube (Nittai Univ.) - 13.46
2. Megumi Hemphill (Chuo Univ.) - 13.53
3. Kaho Horiike (Kokushikan Univ.) - 13.59

Women's 10000 m Race Walk
1. Yuki Yoshizumi (Chiba Hoken Iryo Univ.) - 46:21.11
2. Yukiho Mizoguchi (Waseda Univ.) - 46:44.10
3. Nami Kumagai (Kokushikan Univ.) - 47:03.35

Men's 4x100 m Relay Final - Division 1
1. Chuo Univ. - 39.07
2. Tokai Univ. - 39.51
3. Juntendo Univ. - 39.51

Men's 4x100 m Relay Final - Division 2
1. Wellness Univ - 40.00
2. Daito Bunka Univ. - 40.08
3. Ryutsu Keizai Univ. - 40.45

Women's 4x100 m Relay Final
1. Aoyama Gakuin Univ. - 45.18
2. Nittai Univ. - 45.41
3. Keio Univ. - 45.89

Women's High Jump
1. Haruka Nakano (Waseda Univ.) - 1.76 m
2. Satomi Teratani (Tsukuba Univ.) - 1.70 m
3. Seiyu Iwata (Nihon Joshi Taiiku Univ.) - 1.70 m

Men's Long Jump - Division 1
1. Yuki Hashioka (Nihon Univ.) - 8.04 m +0.1 m/s - MR
2. Daiki Oda (Nihon Univ.) - 7.78 m +0.3 m/s
3. Kodai Sakuma (Hosei Univ.) - 7.76 m +0.7 m/s

Men's Triple Jump - Division 2
1. Takuro Ban (Seigakuin Univ.) - 15.46 m -1.2 m/s
2. Yuta Saito (Sakushin Gakuin Univ.) - 15.33 m -0.5 m/s
3. Yasuhiro Nakaya (Daito Bunka Univ.) - 15.25 m -0.3 m/s

Men's Shot Put - Division 1
1. Tetsuo Kawaguchi (Nihon Univ.) - 17.46 m
2. Yuichi Akama (Tsukuba Univ.) - 17.35 m
3. Reiji Takeda (Nihon Univ.) - 17.18 m

Women's Javelin Throw
1. Marina Saito (Kokushikan Univ.) - 61.07 m - MR
2. Tomoka Kuwazoe (Tsukuba Univ.) - 52.66 m
3. Asuka Goto (Tsukuba Univ.) - 52.40 m

Men's Decathlon - Division 1
1. Shun Taue (Juntendo Univ.) - 7411
2. Suguru Shiozaki (Nihon Univ.) - 7383
3. Keisuke Okuda (Tokai Univ.) - 7113

Men's Decathlon - Division 2
1. Toshiki Tanaka (Daito Bunka Univ.) - 6541
2. Masaru Fukushima (Ryutsu Keizai Univ.) - 6394
3. Tomoharu Sato (Chiba Univ.) - 6272

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