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Kuroda, Vander Wal top aquathon & 10km run

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SHUJI Kuroda and Sarah Vander Wal shined on Sunday in their respective categories, clinching first place in the run-swim-run events of the 5th Aquathon & 10km Run at the Kilili Pavilion in Oleai.

Shuji Kuroda and Taiyo Akimaru pose with TRAC representatives during the award ceremony of the 5th Aquathon & 10km Run at the Kilili Pavilion.
Sarah Vander Wal and Savita Sikkel  pose with TRAC representatives during the award ceremony of the 5th Aquathon & 10km Run at the Kilili Pavilion.
SIS Geckos Tiana Cabrera and Kuu Nishimura pose for a photo  during the award ceremony of the 5th Aquathon & 10km Run at the Kilili Pavilion.  Photos by James F. Sablan Jr. 

Shuji Kuroda made his way through the water with a time of 19:47, putting him well ahead of everyone else in the men’s category. His steady pace on the 2.5km sections on the pathway run allowed him to clock at 44:00 to secure first place.

For her part, Sarah Vander Wal crossed the finish line second overall to top the women’s category. She completed the swimming portion with a time of 18:29 and then the 2.5km runs to cross the finish line at 43:49.

In the mixed category, the Saipan International School Geckos — Tiana Cabrera, Jinju Thompson and Kuu Nishimura — were dominant and finished first overall. In the swimming portion, they reached the shore at 14:13 and completed the running section with a time of 38:59 to bag the first-place trophy with ease.

Finishing second in the men’s category was Taiyo Akimaru who completed the swimming portion with a time of 18:21 leading to a finish time of 47:04. Jacoby Winkfield came in at third place with a swim time of 20:12, finishing at 47:07.

In the women’s category, Savita Sikkel was second with a swim time of 20:29, clocking in at 46:32 while Claire Devey settled for third place with a swim time of 22:58 and a finish time of 49:33.

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