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Kadena Panthers senior Manuel Duran takes the handoff from J.R. Wright and pounds for home during the 400-meter relay in the 5th Alva W. "Mike" Petty Memorial Track and Field Meet at Mike Petty Stadium, Kubasaki High School, Camp Foster, Okinawa. Kadena won the event in meet-record time, 45.28 seconds, beating their own mark of 45.84 set last year.
Kadena Panthers senior Manuel Duran takes the handoff from J.R. Wright and pounds for home during the 400-meter relay in the 5th Alva W. "Mike" Petty Memorial Track and Field Meet at Mike Petty Stadium, Kubasaki High School, Camp Foster, Okinawa. Kadena won the event in meet-record time, 45.28 seconds, beating their own mark of 45.84 set last year. (Dave Ornauer / S&S)
Kadena Panthers senior Manuel Duran takes the handoff from J.R. Wright and pounds for home during the 400-meter relay in the 5th Alva W. "Mike" Petty Memorial Track and Field Meet at Mike Petty Stadium, Kubasaki High School, Camp Foster, Okinawa. Kadena won the event in meet-record time, 45.28 seconds, beating their own mark of 45.84 set last year.
Kadena Panthers senior Manuel Duran takes the handoff from J.R. Wright and pounds for home during the 400-meter relay in the 5th Alva W. "Mike" Petty Memorial Track and Field Meet at Mike Petty Stadium, Kubasaki High School, Camp Foster, Okinawa. Kadena won the event in meet-record time, 45.28 seconds, beating their own mark of 45.84 set last year. (Dave Ornauer / S&S)
Kubasaki's M.J. Townsel sprints toward the finish during Saturday's 1,600-meter sprint medley.
Kubasaki's M.J. Townsel sprints toward the finish during Saturday's 1,600-meter sprint medley. (Dave Ornauer / S&S)
Kadena's Shannon Steele takes command during Saturday's 100-meter hurdles in the 5th Alva W. "Mike" Petty Memorial Track and Field Meet at Mike Petty Stadium, Kubasaki High School, Camp Foster, Okinawa. Steele won the event in 18 seconds.
Kadena's Shannon Steele takes command during Saturday's 100-meter hurdles in the 5th Alva W. "Mike" Petty Memorial Track and Field Meet at Mike Petty Stadium, Kubasaki High School, Camp Foster, Okinawa. Steele won the event in 18 seconds. (Dave Ornauer / S&S)

CAMP FOSTER, Okinawa — Winning team championships has become old hat for Kadena’s boys — Saturday marked the fourth straight time the Panthers had captured the title in the the Alva W. “Mike” Petty Memorial Track and Field Meet.

More surprising was Kadena’s performance in the 400-meter relay. The Panthers were without two starters, including senior Jeff Morton (hamstring pull). In stepped Shun Bowens and J.R. Wright, who turned in a record-breaking effort.

“We weren’t expecting it,” senior anchor Manuel Duran said after Kadena broke its Petty record with a time of 45.28, .56 seconds better than the mark set last year and 1.47 seconds ahead of runner-up Kubasaki. “We thought it would be a closer race because we had to replace two runners. But it turned out good.”

Morton was injured two days before the meet. Coach Sergio Mendoza told his team that “we needed somebody to step up. We asked them to show some leadership. They stepped up to the challenge. They found themselves as a team.”

Kadena’s girls matched the boys as Shannon Steele, Shelby Witschen, Jasmine Spruill and Lorien McKinney clocked a 52.64, surpassing the mark of 53.12 set last year by Kubasaki. Kadena beat Faith Academy of the Philippines by .30 seconds.

Kadena easily outpointed second-place Kubasaki 116½-84 in the boys team standings. Kubasaki’s girls won the team title for the third time in four years, outgunning Faith Academy of the Philippines 112-79. Kadena took third with 73 points.

“They’re dependable. They work hard, they know what it takes to win and they give everything they’ve got,” said Kubasaki girls coach Charles Burns, whose relay teams, paced by Julie and Lia Monti, M.J. Townsel, Kayelynn Perkins and Kyera Tennyson, won golds in the 1,600 and sprint medley events.

Julie Monti cruised to the finish line 100 meters ahead of the opposition as Kubasaki won the 1,600 medley in 4:45.61, 15.57 seconds ahead of Taiwan’s Morrison Christian Academy. Tennyson, running the anchor leg, passed three runners to boost the Dragons to the 1,600 relay title, 4:26.62 to 4:29.56 by runner-up Faith.

Three other meet records fell Saturday, making it seven in two days:

n Faith’s Mary Shaw leaped 16 feet, 8 inches in the girls long jump, topping the mark of 16-2½ set last year by Tashia Hardeman, then of Christian Academy In Japan and now Shaw’s teammate.

n Sarah Wilson of Okinawa’s Zion Christian Academy ran the girls 400 in 1 minute, 2.18 seconds, beating the mark of 1:02.7 set in 2003 by American School In Japan’s Lindsey Rutter.

n Blake Bannister of Christian Academy In Japan lowered the standard in the boys 800 by nearly 2½ seconds, running it in 2:06.9. The mark of 2:06.9 was set last year by Morrison’s Matt Dwight.

With Morton sidelined, Kubasaki’s Charles Vinson Jr. dominated the boys short sprints, leading wire to wire in the 100 in 11.37, edging Duran — running the event for the first time — by .32 seconds. Vinson also won the 200 in 23.21, nipping Seoul American’s David Smalls (23.94).

McKinney edged Faith’s Rachel Hagberg, 13.39 to 13.51, in the girls 100.

Duran, who on Friday broke his meet long-jump record by nearly a foot, ran to a rare dead heat in the 400, as teammate Wright rallied to match Duran’s time of 52.39 in a photo finish.

Timers Josephine Pinto and Gaynell Marsh, Level 2 international officials with Guam’s National Track and Field Federation, said they had seen two dead heats in their years of officiating. Pinto has worked meets since 1985; Marsh since 1976.

Steele, a team captain as a freshman, captured the girls 100 hurdles in 18 seconds, .71 better than Pia Budde of Tokyo’s International School of the Sacred Heart.

Kubasaki sophomore Matt Coon, the reigning DODDS-Pacific Far East cross country champion, made it a clean sweep of the distance events, again rallying past Seoul American’s John Lohr on the final lap to capture the mile run in 4:49.15. Coon did the same thing in Friday’s two-mile.

Meet results5th Alva W. "Mike" Petty Memorial Track and Field MeetAt Mike Petty Stadium, Kubasaki High School, Camp Foster, Okinawa

Saturday's results

(running distances in meters)

Boys team standings

1, Kadena, Okinawa, 116.5; 2, Kubasaki, Okinawa, 84; 3, St. Mary's International, Japan, 53; 4, Christian Academy In Japan, 50.5; 5, Morrison Christian Academy, Taiwan, 48; Korea Combined, 46; 7, George Washington, Guam, 24; 8, Faith Academy, Philippines, 21; 9, Simon Sanchez, Guam, 14; 10, John F. Kennedy, Guam, 8.

Boys individual results

Saturday

100-1, Charles Vinson Jr., Kubasaki, 11.37 seconds; 2, Manuel Duran, Kadena, 11.69; 3, David Smalls, Korea Combined (Seoul American), 11.85; 4, Nobu Mitsui, St. Mary's International, 11.96; 5, Shun Bowens, Kadena, 12.0; 6 (tie), Sung Jun Song, Christian Academy In Japan, and Nick Berry, Kadena, 12.17.

200-1, Charles Vinson Jr., Kubasaki, 23.21; 2, David Smalls, Korea Combined (Seoul American), 23.94; 3, Nick Berry, Kadena, 24.1; 4, Kenneth Kanosich, George Washington, 24.21; 5, Paul Mori, Christian Academy In Japan, 24.8; 6, Ken Moyer, St. Mary's International, 25.07.

400-1 (tie), Manuel Duran and J.R. Wright, Kadena, 52.39; 3, Luke Phillips, Korea Combined (Seoul American, 53.29; 4, Robert Wilson, Kadena, 53.89; 5, Kenneth Kanosich, George Washington, 55.02; 6, Ken Moyer, St. Mary's International, 57.52.

800-1, Blake Bannister, Christian Academy In Japan, 2 minute, 6.90 seconds (meet record; old record 2:09.2 by Matthew Dwight, Morrison Christian Academy, 2006); 2, Thomas Kim, Korea Combined (Seoul American), 2:07.3; 3, David Townsel, Simon Sanchez, 2:08.02; 4, Matt Coon, Kubasaki, 2:11.35; 5, Yuta Soda, Christian Academy In Japan, 2:13.09; 6, Dominic Webb, Kadena, 2:20.75.

1,600-1, Matt Coon, Kubasaki, 4:49.15; 2, David Townsel, Simon Sanchez, 4:51.67; 3, Yuta Soda, Christian Academy In Japan, 4:52.07; 4, Anthony Tillman, Kadena, 4:53.48; 5, Christopher Magtoto, John F. Kennedy, 4:54.41; 6, John Lohr, Korea Combined (Seoul American), 4:55.25.

110 hurdles-1, Kenneth Kanosich, George Washington, 16.6; 2, Joe Courtright, Faith Academy, 17.4; 3, Miles Peterson, Christian Academy In Japan, 17.91; 4, Ken Tsunoda, St. Mary's International, 18.2; 5, Andre Tillman, Kadena, 18.21; 6, Mike Herreros, George Washington, 18.8.

400 relay-1, Kadena (Nick Berry, Shun Bowens, J.R. Wright, Manuel Duran), 45.28 (meet record; old record 45.84 by Kadena, 2006); 2, Kubasaki, 46.75; 3, Morrison Christian Academy, 47.88; 4, St. Mary's International, 48.21.

1,600 relay-1, Kadena (Robert Wilson, Ray Cordera, J.R. Wright, Manuel Duran), 3:40.62; 2, Korea Combined, 3:43.8; 3, Christian Academy In Japan, 3:45.27; 4, Kubasaki, 3:56.35; 5, Morrison Christian Academy, 3:59.08; 6, George Washington, 4:00.94.

"Mike's Medley (200, 200, 400, 800)-1, Christian Academy In Japan (Victor Eby, Yuta Soda, Sung Jun Son, Blake Bannister), 3:55.07; 2, Kadena, 3:59.15; 3, Kubasaki, 4:05.68; 4, Morrison Christian Academy, 4:20.72; 5, St. Mary's International, 4:31.57; 6, Faith Academy, 4:46.41.

High jump-1, Miles Atkinson, St. Mary's International, 5 feet, 8 inches (fewer attempts); 2, Joe Courtright, Faith Academy, 5-8; 3 (tie), David Whitcomb, Morrison Christian Academy, and Ray Cordera, Kadena, 5-5; 5 (tie), Paul Mori and Miles Peterson, Christian Academy In Japan, 5-2.

Discus (measured in meters)-1, Elliot Tan, Morrison Christian Academy, 38.7; 2, Lawrence McClain, Kubasaki, 34.85; 3, Marxcus Fowler, Kadena, 33.19; 4, Simon Ruiz, St. Mary's International, 33.17; 5, Rick Lizama, George Washington, 29.91; 6, Josiah McDermott, Morrison Christian Academy, 29.37.

Friday

3,200-1, Matt Coon, Kubasaki, 10 minutes, 21.47 seconds; 2, John Lohr, Korea Combined (Seoul American), 10:23.84; 3, Anthony Tillman, Kadena, 10:25.49; 4, Christopher Magtoto, John F. Kennedy, 10:27.45; 5, Ion Fukazawa, St. Mary's International, 10:48.14; 6, Andre Tillman, Kadena, 10:55.88.

Long jump-1, Manuel Duran, Kadena, 21 feet, 1 3/4 inches (meet record; old record 20-2 by Duran, 2006); 2, Ray Cordera, Kadena, 19-11 1/2; 3, Elliot Tan, Morrison Christian Academy, 19-0; 4, Kendall Hailstone, St. Mary's International, 18-7 1/2 (fewer attempts); 5, Miles Atkinson, St. Mary's International, 18-7 1/2; 6, Lewis Finny, Kubasaki, 18-3 1/2.

Shot put-1, Lawrence McClain, Kubasaki, Okinawa, 38 feet, 11 inches; 2, Simon Ruiz, St. Mary's International, Japan, 34-10; 3, Oliver Shen, Morrison Christian Academy, 34-5 1/2; 4, Roman Harris, Kadena, 33-11; 5, Luke Hagberg, Faith Academy, 33-10 1/2; 6, Josh Pittman, Morrison Christian Academy, 33-3 1/2.

GirlsGirls team scores

1, Kubasaki, Okinawa, 112; 2, Faith Academy, Philippines, 79; 3, Kadena, Okinawa, 73; 4, Morrison Christian Academy, Taiwan, 57; 5, International School of the Sacred Heart, Japan, 49; 6 (tie), Seisen International, Japan, and Zion Christian Academy, Okinawa, 28; 8, John F. Kennedy, Guam, 16; 9, Korea Combined, 15; 10, George Washington, Guam, 9; 11, Christian Academy In Japan, 7.

Girls individual results

Saturday

100-1, Lorien McKinney, Kadena, 13.39 seconds; 2, Rachel Hagberg, Faith Academy, 13.51; 3, Regina Felton, Kadena, 13.68; 4, M.J. Townsel, Kubasaki, 13.75; 5, Kayelynn Perkins, Kubasaki, 13.77; 6, Sarah Wilson, Zion Christian Academy, 13.93.

200-1, Sarah Wilson, Zion Christian Academy, 27.7; 2, Lia Monti, Kubasaki, 27.79; 3, Rachel Hagberg, Faith Academy, 28.02; 4, Lorien McKinney, Kadena, 28.32; 5, Megan Dwight, Morrison Christian Academy, 28.53; 6, Hannah Arbour, International School of the Sacred Heart, 28.9.

400-1, Sarah Wilson, Zion Christian Academy, 1 minute, 2.18 seconds (meet record; old record 1:02.7 by Lindsey Rutter, American School In Japan, 2003); 2, Mary Shaw, Faith Academy, 1:03.15; 3, Lia Monti, Kubasaki, 1:05.41; 4, Tasha Perry, Kubasaki, 1:07.54; 5, Hannah Boeman, Korea Combined (Seoul American), 1:08.57; 6, Champagne Watkins, Kadena, 1:08.9.

800-1, Julie Monti, Kubasaki, 2:38.15; 2, Allison Powell, Morrison Christian Academy, 2:40.74; 3, Nako Nakatsuka, International School of the Sacred Heart, 2:40.78; 4, Nicole Layson, George Washington, 2:41.27; 5, Erica Tausch, Kadena, 2:42.27; 6, Terilyn Wassell, Faith Academy, 2:45.76.

1,600-1, Nako Nakatsuka, International School of the Sacred Heart, 5:43.89; 2, Julie Monti, Kubasaki, 5:50.11; 3, Izumi Kershaw, Seisen International, 5:57.2; 4, Michelle Castillo, Kadena, 5:57.67; 5, Jillian Busby, Korea Combined (Seoul American), 5:58.94; 6, Krysta Carrick, Christian Academy In Japan, 6:01.81.

100 hurdles-1, Shannon Steele, Kadena, 18.0; 2, Pia Budde, International School of the Sacred Heart, 18.71; 3, Riza Trgade, John F. Kennedy, 18.77; 4, Mika Yokoyama, Seisen International, 18.93; 5, Yuri Tomikawa, International School of the Sacred Heart, 19.01; 6, Rachel Schulz, Morrison Christian Academy, 19.14.

400 relay-1, Kadena (Shannon Steele, Shelby Witschen, Jasmine Spruill, Lorien McKinney), 52.64 (meet record; old record 53.12 by Kubasaki, 2006); 2, Faith Academy, 52.94; 3, Kubasaki, 54.71; 4, Morrison Christian Academy, 54.99; 5, Seisen International, 58.58; 6, International School of the Sacred Heart, 59.13.

1,600 relay-1, Kubasaki (Gabby Falco, Lia Monti, Julie Monti, Kyera Tennyson), 4:26.62; 2, Faith Academy, 4:29.56; 3, Kadena, 4:29.67; 4, Morrison Christian Academy, 4:33.79; 5, Korea Combined, 4:51.51; 6, Seisen International, 4:53.47.

"Mike's Medley" (200, 200, 400, 800)-1, Kubasaki (Lia Monti, Kayelynn Perkins, Julie Monti, M.J. Townsel), 4:45.61; 2, Morrison Christian Academy, 5:01.18; 3, Kadena, 5:01.2; 4, Faith Academy, 5:32.22; 5, Seisen International, 5:34.78.

Long jump (measured in meters)-1, Mary Shaw, Faith Academy, 5.05 (16 feet, 8 inches, meet record; old record 16 2 1/2 by Tashia Hardeman, Christian Academy In Japan, 2006); 2, Tashia Hardeman, Faith Academy, 4.85; 3, Sarah Wilson, Zion Christian Academy, 4.84; 4, Kyera Tennyson, Kubasaki, 4.63; 5, Alison Garnett, Internatoinal School of the Sacred Heart, 4.59; 6, Polarra Cobb, John F. Kennedy, 4.57.

Shot put (measured in meters)-1, Rachel Schulz, Morrison Christian Academy, 9.64; 2, LaKesa McClain, Kubasaki, 9.6; 3, Hannah Arbour, International School of the Sacred Heart, 8.34; 4, Elisha Salenga, Kubasaki, 8.16; 5, Tashia Hardeman, Faith Academy, 8.15; 6, Aiko Imbat, John F. Kennedy, 7.69.

Friday

3,200-1, Izumi Kershaw, Seisen International, 12 minutes, 20.04 seconds; 2, Nako Nakatsuka, International School of the Sacred Heart, 12:20.95; 3, Jillian Busby, Korea Combined (Seoul American), 12:43.81; 4, Julie Monti, Kubasaki, 12:48.07; 5, Michelle Castillo, Kadena, 12:48.69; 6, Krysta Carrick, Christian Academy In Japan, 12:52.95.

High jump-1, Kyera Tennyson, Kubasaki, 5 feet, 0 inches; 2, Tashia Hardeman, Faith Academy, 4-11; 3, Mary Shaw, Faith Academy, 4-8 (fewer attempts); 4, Shannon Steele, Kadena, 4-8; 5, Allison Powell, Morrison Christian Academy, 4-5; 6, Shelby Witschen, Kadena, 4-2.

Discus-1, LaKesa McClain, Kubasaki, 115 feet, 7 inches (35.03 meters, Japan region record; old record 34.41 by Debbie Dunham, Yokota, Japan, 1995; meet record; old record by 99 feet, 5 inches Ashley Muller, Morrison Christian Academy, 2005); 2, Rachel Schulz, Morrison Christian Academy, 97-4 1/2; 3, Aiko Imbat, John F. Kennedy, 92-5; 4, Diana Alicto, George Washington, 80-5 1/2; 5, Bregan Schultz, Kubasaki, 77-11; 6, Olivia Dwight, Morrison Christian Academy, 72-10.

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