Towards the end of the cross-country season, our best runners flew out to Guam to compete in the annual Cross Country Asia-Pacific Invitational. Our school was represented by freshman Mathew Inamine, juniors Joe Utagawa, Sean Inamine and Neo Yoshii along with seniors Kenta Misaki and Ryusei Aomi. The competition took place from 18th to 20th of October. The great weather heavily reflected in the fast running paces as the top 10 runners finished the 5k race in under 18 minutes. Our team competed amongst 20 other teams from Japan and the Asia-Pacific region. A grand total of 156 students ran in the varsity age category this year. The competition has been dominated by ASIJ in the recent years as they got first place finishes in the four of the previous 5 meets. SMIS wasn’t as fortunate as the last time we won the competition was in 2010. This year was no different for the American school as they had 6 of their runners place in the top 10 while also securing all three spots on the podium. The best result from our varsity team was a 14th place finish achieved by junior, Neo Yoshii who missed out on a top 10 finish by a narrow margin of 10 seconds. The runner-up for the SMIS varsity team was the senior, Ryusei Aomi who crossed the finish line directly after Neo at 15th place. Both of these runners were awarded for their achievements by receiving all-stars.
Article by Adam Zbikowski