Galvin, Avalos capture titles; Kinnick sweeps team events
MISAWA, Japan – One down, Two to go.
Seniors Daniel Galvin of Yokota and Arlene Avalos of Nile C. Kinnick took the first steps to Far East cross country championships on Saturday, capturing the individual titles in the DODDS Japan championships at Misawa’s Citizens Park 3.12-mile course.
“It’s always nice to win a league meet,” Galvin said after lowering his personal best on the course from 18:01 to 17:49. “I was pretty happy with my time.”
A week after becoming just the third runner to breach the 13-minute mark on the Tama Hills 2.1-mile course in Tokyo, Avalos led a 1-2-3 finish by Kinnick runners, taking first place in 21 minutes, 43.08 seconds. Teammates Tayen Cates-Beier and Erin Stonebarger followed. Jerry Lotz of Kinnick was second among boys.
Meanwhile, Kinnick swept the boys and girls team titles, placing five among the top 12 boys and five among the top 10 girls.
“Every week, we get a little closer,” Kinnick coach Luke Voth said, to international-school powers such as American School In Japan, Seisen and St. Mary’s that have long dominated the Japan courses. “I hope we can close that gap at Far East,” Voth said.