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JAPAN RUNNERS SET NEW KO’KO’S COURSE RECORD

The 2017 Koko Road Race Half Marathon, 10k and 5k debuted it’s new starting and finishing point in the Island’s Capital Hagatna early Sunday morning. Stealing the show were visiting runners from Japan who set new course records in both the male and female divisions.

By Robert Balajadia

The 2017 Ko’ko’ Road Race Half Marathon, 10k and 5k debuted it’s new starting and finishing point in the island’s capital ofHagatna early Sunday morning. Stealing the show were visiting runners from Japan who set new course records in both the male and female divisions.

Japan’s Shota Fujimura clocked in a speedy 1:11:40 to earn the first place nod while fellow countryman Taisuke Ueda came in close behind at 1:12:54. The first local finisher was Ryan Matienzo, who came in 5th place at 1:18:44.

Matienzo didn’t reach his goal and a lot gave credit to the speedy Japan runners for their performance.

“Mentally I came in 110%, but my body wasn’t at the same level. I tried to keep up with the Japan runners, but eventually I had to slow up and go at my own pace. I just couldn’t catch it; there was something really missing from me out there and maybe it was the training and I was too excited,” said Matienzo.

Matienzo also said that the heat was bearing down on the run even though the course featured a flatter, more straight forward style.

“It was flat, but it still wasn’t easy. The headwind on the way back was tough. And that heat, oh my gosh. I was hoping that it was going to rain to cool us off,” laughed Matienzo.

First female finisher Toshika Yoshikawa blazed through the course, finishing 1:27:24. Guam’s fast females rounded out the top three as Laura Nadeau finished 1:34:13 and Kristina Ingvarsson clocked in at 1:42:18.

Check out the Top 5 finishers in each category below!

Guam’s first finisher Ryan Matienzo took up a spot in the Half Marathon’s Top 5 finishers.

HALF MARATHON Male
Rank Time Name
1st 1:11:40 SHOTA FUJIMURA
2nd 1:12:54 TAISUKE UEDA
3rd 1:17:06 IKURU MANASE
4th 1:18:13 Tomoya Tabuchi
5th 1:18:44 Ryan Matienzo
HALF MARATHON Female
Rank Time Name
1st 1:27:24 Toshiko Yoshikawa
2nd 1:34:13 Laura Nadeau
3rd 1:42:18 Kristina Ingvarsson
4th 1:46:03 Yumika Sugahara
5th 1:46:52 MIYUKI ATSUTA
10K Male
Rank Time Name
1st 35:39 HISAO SEKIGUCHI
2nd 40:44 Derek Mandell
3rd 44:30 KEIICHI UEDA
4th 44:38 HAKSIK GO
5th 45:36 Tyler Atoigue
10K Female
Rank Time Name
1st 41:42 Sunok Hwang
2nd 43:46 Yumiko Hansen
3rd 46:32 Kate Guerrero
4th 48:54 Aya Vessels
5th 49:07 Meghan Hickey
5K Male
Rank Time Name
1st 17:28 Isaac Ventura
2nd 17:44 Kenta Togashi
3rd 18:18 Joshua Ilustre
4th 18:30 Justin Berroya
5th 19:39 Zachary Criss
5K Female
Rank Time Name
1st 20:55 Genina Criss
2nd 24:15 Caroline Castillo
3rd 24:17 Rowena Vega-Castro
4th 24:38 AIRI INOUE
5th 24:38 Chasity Tenorio

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