Nile C. Kinnick's cross country team is hoping to take a leap back to the overall Far East championship it won two seasons ago. (DAVE ORNAUER/STARS AND STRIPES)
Nile C. Kinnick's cross country team is hoping to take a leap back to the overall Far East championship it won two seasons ago. (DAVE ORNAUER/STARS AND STRIPES)

Cross Country: Kinnick freshman could follow brother's fetes, but not footsteps

by Dave Ornauer
Stars and Stripes

YOKOSUKA NAVAL BASE, Japan – Manzi Siibo’s brother Aki swept the Kanto, DODEA-Japan and Far East cross country titles last year. Now, the freshman speedster is now being called “the next one” by observers and Nile C. Kinnick teammates.

Siibo wasted no time making a splash as the 2019 DODEA-Japan season began, taking first place with a time of 18 minutes, 12.2 seconds in last Saturday’s opening meet at Iwakuni.

He prefers, though, to follow his own path.

“That’s what I’m working to do,” Siibo said on Wednesday, just before practice on a sultry, steamy afternoon two days after the base got ravaged by Typhoon Faxai.

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