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ISLANDERS RUN FREE IN FIRST MEET OF ISA CROSS COUNTRY

The sun was working overtime during the ISA’s first Cross Country meet of the season between JFK and Okkodo.

By Robert Balajadia

The JFK Islanders were playing cautious in their first meet of the season with the humid Guam 4 pm heat being felt before they could even begin their warm ups. Despite the blazing heat, the Islanders still ran away to a 21-36 victory over the visiting Okkodo Bulldogs. The Lady Bulldogs were awarded the win over the Lady Islanders with JFK only able to field two runners.

Islander Hugh Kent was the first finisher of the day with a strong time of 18:36. The sophomore Kent wasn’t sure what to expect heading into his first race of the season and he was going to listen to whatever his body was telling him it was capable of doing.

Wendy’s Player’s of the Game: JF Islanders Chastity Minor and Hugh Kent. (Photo by Robert Balajadia)

“I wanted to pace myself in the beginning since I haven’t really gotten an actual feel of how fast and long I can run. To be safe I decided to slow it down, but overall if the conditions were right, a lot of hills and rocks, I probably could’ve gone faster, but I’m fine with my time right now,” said Kent.

JFK would proceed to capture key spots in the 2nd, 5th and 6th spot behind Isaac Valdez, Ivan Aguilar and Landon Taitingfong. Okkodo’s Jadrian Juico (21:44) and Jone Himoto (21:49) were the fastest Bulldogs on the day to claim the 3rd and 4th spots.

Despite not having enough runners to qualify, Islander senior Chasity Minor was the first female finisher at 28:27 in her return to not just cross country running, but running in general since the island’s strict quarantine regulations were lifted.

“I haven’t ran since we were in quarantine and I’m trying to build myself up again, so it was kind of nerve wrecking since it is my first as a senior. I guess I was a little nervous because this is my last year, but I’ll get better. The heat also psyched me out, I was hoping that it was going to rain today” said Chasity on her sub 29-minute.

Bulldog Kokona Okada was the first Okkodo female to finish with a 30:57. Check out the full results below the photo gallery!

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Results

Okkodo vs John F. Kennedy – 10/19/2021 8:47:29 AM
JFKHS, Tamuning, GU
Okkodo vs John F. Kennedy
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Name Yr Team Time Pts
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Girls
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1 Chasity Minor 12 John F. Kennedy High 28:27.03
2 Kokona Okada 11 Okkodo High School 30:57.02 1
3 Yoon Chung 12 John F. Kennedy High 30:58.03
4 Eliza Manacmul 12 Okkodo High School 33:48.04 2
5 Joanna Agsalud 11 Okkodo High School 38:40.07 3
6 Tiffany Nguyen 11 Okkodo High School 39:29.01 4
7 Jayna Rose Cruz 9 Okkodo High School 40:20.05 5
8 Jeanelle Maza 11 Okkodo High School 40:57.00 6
9 Sarah Cabaltera 11 Okkodo High School 41:53.04 7
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Boys
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1 Hugh Kent 10 John F. Kennedy High 18:36.07 1
2 Isaac Valdez 10 John F. Kennedy High 20:51.04 2
3 Jadrian Juico 12 Okkodo High School 21:44.03 3
4 Jone Gimoto 11 Okkodo High School 21:49.03 4
5 Ivan Aguilar 11 John F. Kennedy High 21:56.02 5
6 Landon Taitingfong 11 John F. Kennedy High 22:07.04 6
7 Thomas Cepeda 11 John F. Kennedy High 22:36.07 7
8 Genoel Asuncion 10 Okkodo High School 24:05.00 8
9 Patrick Buot 12 Okkodo High School 24:36.09 9
10 Dino Sato 9 John F. Kennedy High 24:41.03 10
11 Evan Tydingco 9 John F. Kennedy High 26:12.05 11
12 Damen Weilbacher 11 John F. Kennedy High 27:14.01
13 Tyler Ando 9 John F. Kennedy High 27:39.00
14 Scott Aflague 11 Okkodo High School 27:47.03 12
15 Gavyn Balbas 11 John F. Kennedy High 28:02.00
16 Hunter Wood 9 John F. Kennedy High 28:06.03
17 Frank Ambunan 11 John F. Kennedy High 30:18.03
18 Tristan Reyes 11 John F. Kennedy High 30:53.07
19 Cain Esteban 11 Okkodo High School 36:10.04 13
20 John Lapid 9 John F. Kennedy High 42:18.00
Girls Okkodo vs John F. Kennedy Team Scores
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Team Pts 1 2 3 4 5 (6) (7)
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1 Okkodo High School 15 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
Total Time: 3:03:15 Average: 36:38.84 1-5 Split: 9:24
Okkodo vs John F. Kennedy Page 2 of 2
Boys Okkodo vs John F. Kennedy Team Scores
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Team Pts 1 2 3 4 5 (6) (7)
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1 John F. Kennedy High 21 1 2 5 6 7 10 11
Total Time: 1:46:07 Average: 21:13.25 1-5 Split: 4:00
2 Okkodo High School 36 3 4 8 9 12 13 –
Total Time: 2:00:02 Average: 24:00.24 1-5 Split: 6:03

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