Toyo College Wins 69th Ogi Ekiden, Saku Chosei and Sendai Ikuei Take H.S. Titles

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After cancelations in 2020 and 2021, the Ogi Ekiden in Akita returned Saturday for its 69th version. A conventional race with a tricky and hilly course, it’s a normal midsummer occasion on the calendar for a lot of the nation’s high colleges.

Toyo College gained the 7-stage, 64.7 km college division in 3:16:54. Toyo in third was 14 seconds behind chief Chuo College‘s A-team after the 13.4 km First Stage, dropping to 4th and 43 seconds down on new chief Aoyama Gakuin College by the top of the Fourth Stage. However on the 8.2 km Fifth Stage, Toyo’s Hiroki Sugano ran the quickest time on his stage, 23:12, to place Toyo into 2nd. Sixth runner Naoya Kanehara moved as much as inside 5 seconds of AGU on his 9.9 km stage, leaving it to anchor Shu Yoshida to run them down and open a 31-second lead for the win. Yoshida was all smiles as he broke the tape on the finish of his 10.1 km stage.

AGU ended up 2nd in 3:17:25. Chuo’s B-team took third in 3:17:50, beating Juntendo College by simply 2 seconds.

Within the 7-stage, 42.8 km highschool boys’ race, Nagano’s Saku Chosei H.S. took the lead on the Third Stage with a strong run from Soma Nakahara. Fourth runner Riki Koike prolonged Saku Chosei’s lead with a stage-best run, placing his final three teammates in place to run safely to the win in 2:25:32. Sendai’s Sendai Ikuei H.S. and Kyoto’s Rakunan H.S. have been left to duel for 2nd, Sendai Ikuei getting it by 2 seconds in 2:27:45. Native Akita Kogyo H.S. was a DNF when its first runner Taiyo Narita was unable to complete his leg.

The 2021 nationwide champion Sendai Ikuei ladies pulled off what the boys could not, profitable their 5-stage, 21.2 km race in 1:10:12 by 27 seconds over Kyoto’s Ritsumeikan Uji H.S. Sendai Ikuei’s B-team was adequate for third in 1:10:43.

69th Ogi Ekiden

Akita, 25 June 2022

College Males7 levels, 64.7 km, 10 groups

Prime Staff Outcomes

1. Toyo College – 3:16:54

2. Aoyama Gakuin College – 3:17:39

3. Chuo College B – 3:17:50

4. Juntendo College – 3:17:52

5. Chuo College A – 3:22:16

6. Tokai College – 3:22:23

Particular person Stage Winners

First Stage (13.4 km) – Tomohiro Chimori (Chuo Univ. A) – 39:48

Second Stage (11.8 km) – Yudai Nakazawa (Chuo Univ. B) – 36:29

Third Stage (7.5 km) – Kaisei Nishikawa (Aoyama Gakuin Univ.) – 22:00

Fourth Stage (3.8 km) – Kosuke Aburaya (Juntendo Univ.) – 13:19

Fifth Stage (8.2 km) – Hiroki Sugano (Toyo Univ.) – 23:12

Sixth Stage (9.9 km) – Fumiya Horiuchi (Juntendo Univ.) – 30:05

Seventh Stage (10.1 km) – Shu Yoshida (Toyo Univ.) – 30:17

Excessive College Boys7 levels, 42.8 km, 26 groups

Prime Staff Outcomes

1. Saku Chosei H.S. – 2:25:32

2. Sendai Ikuei H.S. – 2:27:45

3. Rakunan H.S. – 2:27:48

4. Aomori Yamada H.S. A – 2:28:37

5. Omuta H.S. – 2:29:08

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DNF – Akita Kogyo H.S.

Excessive College Ladies5 levels, 21.2 km, 18 groups

Prime Staff Outcomes

1. Sendai Ikuei H.S. A – 1:10:12

2. Ritsumeikan Uji H.S. – 1:10:39

3. Sendai Ikuei H.S. B – 1:10:43

4. Aomori Yamada H.S. A – 1:11:25

5. Kyoto Gaidai Nishi H.S. – 1:11:51

Open Males – 7 levels, 64.7 km, 29 groups

Prime Staff Outcomes

1. Tendo Higashimurayama Ekiden A – 3:27:22

2. Tsuchizaki RC – 3:34:52

3. Nanyo Higashiokitama – 3:36:21

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translated and edited by Brett Larner

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