Edgren cross-country teams sweep DODDS-Japan titles
Robert D. Edgren sophomore Jade Thrasher made it two championships in as many years on Saturday, running the Tama Hills Recreation Center 2.1-mile girls course in 14 minutes, 4 seconds to repeat her Department of Defense Dependents Schools-Japan individual cross-country championship.
Thrasher took third overall in a meet that included international-school participants. She completed the DODDS-Japan season unbeaten, posting her personal-best time on the Tama course on Saturday after running a 20:53 on the 3.1-mile course at Sasebo Naval Base a week earlier.
“Jade has worked very hard since last season,” Eagles coach Andre Thibert said, adding that Thrasher has spent much time lifting weights and running longer distances to practice this year. Injured during last year’s Far East meet on her home course at Misawa Air Base, “she is looking forward to this year’s competition.
Thrasher’s teammate, Peter Kamau, took the DODDS-Japan boys 2.9-mile race with a time of 16:15, two seconds ahead of Edgren’s Chris Tobiere. The Eagles swept both the boys and girls team titles, the boys outdistancing Nile C. Kinnick 30-57 and the girls topping E.J. King 19-36.