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Berger, Jin are athletes of the month

MAMIKO Oshima-Berger and Keum Bae Jin were heralded the Northern Marianas Amateur Sports Association’s Athletes of the Month for the month of December. They will now join the circle for possible contestants for the NMASA Athlete of the year which will be announced in the next NMASA banquet in February.

Mamiko Oshima-BergerMamiko Oshima-BergerOshima-Berger and Jin were selected above other candidates from different federations during the NMASA monthly meeting last Thursday night at the Gilbert C. Ada conference room.

Mamiko Oshima-Berger has shined in a lot of sporting events on Saipan earning the approval of the other federations during the meeting.

Mamiko Oshima-Berger holds the record for the Annual POWERade Banzai Memorial Half Marathon and Fun Run and has defeated it four consecutive times.

She represented the CNMI in the 7th Micronesian Games in Palau and handed CNMI its first gold medal after ruling the women’s 10,000 meter run and then defeating another category to claim another gold medal.

She then defeated the grueling Saipan Radar Race last October in under 40 minutes.

Berger then went on to defeat the Coffee Trail early this year when the event was still a 10-kilometer race and last October when she clocked in at three hours, 39 minutes and 59 seconds in the 30-kilometer division to be the first female finisher and fourth overall.

She also broke the record run during the 26th Annual Mt. Tapochao Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot Fun Run clocking in at 42 minutes and 55 seconds after conquering the 4.2 mile race, demolishing her 2009 winning time of 43:56 and burying her 2008 record of 44:09 where she gained her first women’s division title.

On the other hand, Keum Bae Jin won the other federations’ approval after he entered the men’s division of the 26th Annual Mt. Tapochao Thanksgiving Day Turkey Trot Fun, and crushed the 2009 winning time of 40 minuets and 16 seconds that was heralded by Ketson “Jack” Kabariel, last year’s winner.

Jin clocked in at 39 minutes and 22 seconds to finish first over all and was crowned the new champion for the annual event.

Meanwhile, NMASA President Michael White is reminding all sports federations to submit their nominations for the 2010 Coach of the Year and Hall of Fame in writing during the next meeting in January.

Basketball’s Elias Rangamar was dubbed the Coach of the Year last season, while tennis’ Jeff Race and golf’s Frank Castro entered the 2009 CNMI Hall of Fame.