Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University



APU Women's Athletic Team appear in "National Inter Prefectural Women's Road Race"


Nov 6, 2009

On Sunday, October 25, 2009, the APU Women's Athletics Team made their 9th consecutive appearance at the "27th Morinomiyako Japan Intercollegiate Women's Ekiden Championship" held in Sendai City, Miyagi Prefecture.

Twenty six teams selected from throughout Japan vied for the top positions in weather conditions perfect for running and promising for records to be broken. Six runners from APU took part; Njeri Miriam Mwangi (APS3, Kenya), HIRATA Emi (APS4, Japan), NJUNGE Catherine W. (APS2, Kenya), OKI Misato (APS3, Japan), TSUCHITORI Chiaki (APS2, Japan) and OMICHI Yuka (APS4, Japan).

It proved to be a tough race for the APU runners who found it hard to break away from the main bunch. After a hard run race, they placed 16th with a time of 2.14:29. Ritsumeikan missed out on clinching their fourth consecutive win but put in a fine effort to place second with a time of 2.05:13 –improving on last year's tournament record.

Looking back on the event, coach of the Women's Athletic Team, coach KITAYAMA spoke of his aspirations for the future, "All of the runners did their very best and produced some good results. The other teams had improved so much which made for a very difficult race. The runners were all comparatively young and lacked experience which may also have influenced the result. We need to do a bit of re-thinking for the future."

Sunday, October 25 was also the day of the APU "Tenku" Festival held on campus. The Women's Athletic Team Support Group set up a viewing screen at the cafeteria for people to watch the race as it unfolded. Not only students, but also many members of the general public came along to giver their support.

Thanks for your continued support of the team.

Please click here for more details on the event (Japanese only)

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