Momomi Atkinson faced a tough choice entering the first day of Far East track and field meet Wednesday: focus on her best event, the 300 hurdles, or try to score more team points for Edgren by also taking on the 400.
The Mustangs enter the Far East Division I tournament as five-time defending champions, while the Panthers are unbeaten against all Division II foes in Japan and look to be a solid favorites to make it four D-II titles in five years.
Qualifying for individuals competing in the Far East meet has come and gone. But there are still things athletes can achieve at Saturday’s Korea and Kanto Plain district track and field finals, coaches say.
Seoul American’s most recent win in a five-game run came Wednesday in the regular-season finale. Mya Rolison, a sophomore transfer, had her lone triple-double of the season: 12 points, 11 rebounds, 10 steals.
The American School In Japan Kanto Classic is considered the major in-season tune-up for Far East, featuring some of the same teams the Blackhawks will face in next month’s Division I Tournament at Humphreys.
After five seasons of dominance by St. Mary’s and Nile C. Kinnick on the Far East Division I wrestling scene, it’s pretty much starting-over time for the Titans and Red Devils - particularly for the latter.
Travion Morton set the table with a game-opening kick-return touchdown. Chris Mason slammed the door with a pick six in the closing minutes. In between, Patrick Kelly added healthy doses of passing to help keep the points coming.
It was a big day for Knights tennis, in particular the boys; Kitt Mori and Kento Berry won the boys doubles and Christian Academy Japan won all three Division II banners, the boys, girls and overall school titles.
Playing for pride, having lost its first five games before breaking into the win column a week ago, Kubasaki turned to some of its young players to close the season and got a sparkling performance by a freshman.
Where Far East tennis is concerned, the girls singles appears to be Sarah Omachi’s to lose. But the boys? That’s a complete grab bag, with anywhere from six to eight players, mostly DODEA, in the hunt for the championship, coaches said.