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12 top school athletes named

THE Northern Marianas Athletics named 12 top young athletes in the McDonald’s-Public School System All-School Athletics Championships that was held at the Oleai Sports Complex last week.

The medals given for awardees’ performances in their respective age groups were based solely on individual feats, said NMA development officer Elias Rangamar.

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Tinian Elementary School’s Ysabella Lenteja receives the gold medal from Public School System athletics program director Nick Gross, as silver medalist, Koblerville’s Aaliyah Cosmes, right, and bronze medalist Saipan International School’s Beatrice Gross look on during the McDonald’s-PSS All School Athletics Championships at the Oleai Sports Complex on Saturday.  Photo by Emmanuel T. Erediano

Koberville Elementary School’s Jephda Hong and Tinian Elementary School’s Ysabella Lenteja won three gold medals each as they stood out among the seven-and-under boys and girls.

Hong and Lenteja ruled the sprints in the opening day of the event.

Tinian’s Christopher Cruz and Brilliant Star School’s Fiona Regan also bagged three gold medals each, besting the other nine-and-under boys and girls. They were also the fastest sprinters.

In the 11-and-under, Koblerville’s Ronerson Sorey had two gold medals to best the boys and Becky Walters, three gold medals to lead the girls.

Saipan International School’s Rintaro Miyawaki ruled the middle and long distance runs to top the 13-and-under boys with three gold medals while Tinian’s Casey Cruz bested other girls with three gold medals as well.

Agape Christian School’s Arthur Liang had two gold medals and two silver medals to top the 15-and-under boys whole Hopwood Middle School’s Kiana Alda bested the other girls in the same age group with three gold medals and one silver medals.

Saipan Southern High School’s Traven Quitugua and Marianas High School’s Jaime Pangelinan reaped four gold medals each to best the other young athletes in the 18-and-under age group.

These 12 athletes and their coaches, Rangamar said are invited to McDonalds on Middle Road for trophy presentation.

The medals and trophies are ready for pick up at the Gilbert C. Ada Gym anytime between 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. from Monday to Friday.