Cross Country records broken in the first meet of the season

Evan Yukevich (grade 11) broke ASIJ’s school record for the Tama Hills course last Saturday. He also became the first ASIJ runner to break the 15min barrier at the course.  And there was so much more to this meet! Willem Thorbecke ( grade 12) and Ryan Nishida (grade 10) broke their Personal Best records and are now ranked 5th and 12th in our top 20 all-time list. Ryan’s time is also the fastest time ever for any 10th grader ar Tama Hills.

Evan Yukevich, Willem Thorbecke and Ryan Nishida

Evan Yukevich, Willem Thorbecke and Ryan Nishida

The girls team had an equally strong showing. The top three girls of the week, Lisa Watanuki (grade 10), Emma Wingfield-Hayes (grade 9), and Anna Sheng (grade 11) all broke their Personal Best records. Lisa and Emma made the top 20 list (16th and 17th), and Anna’s time was just one place short of making the top 20. These are just the top three runners on each side, but there were also so many other personal bests as well. What’s impressive is that all of this happened in our first meet! (Ryosuke Suzuki and Steve Welckle, Cross Country Coaches)