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Stallions, Lady Geckos top medal tally in high school finals

THE Saipan International School Lady Geckos dominated the 18-and-under age division collecting the most number of gold medals in the 2017 Public School System-McDonald’s All-Schools Athletics Championships that was held at Hopwood Middle School ground last week.

Maui Doculan and Isabel Dickenson reaped gold medals in most of the sprint events, and, with Tania Tan, Anika Snyder and Malika Miyawaki, dominated the 4X400 relay.

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The Saipan International School Lady Geckos hug each other after winning the 4x400 relay of the Public School System-McDonald’s All-Schools Athletics Championships at the Hopwood Middle School ground last week.  Photo by Emmanuel T. Erediano

The Tinian Stallions duplicated their last year’s feat in the field events when they outscored the Marianas High School Dolphins.

They retained the top spot in the 18-and-under boys’ medal tally over new contenders, Agape Christian School by reaping most gold medals mainly in field events.

Like how they dealt with it in 2016 All-Schools finals, Michael Naputi and John Dona ruled the javelin, shot put and discus throw. Naputi threw the javelin 29.50; the shot put, 11.9 and discus, 24.39. Dona got the silver in shotput putting up a 10.5 distance.

Caleb Wang, Enjie Hu Henry, Chen Xi Zhao delivered gold medals for ACS. The ACS boys ran unopposed in the 1,500-meter and led the silver medal tally.

Traven Quitugua, one of NMI’s contingents in Oceania Championship that in Fiji next month dominated the 60-meter, 100-meter and 200-meter sprints to hand Saipan Southern High School the three gold medals.

In the 18-and-under girls, the ACS girls won the most silver medals. Amelia Yu won their only gold medal in the 200-meter. The ACS girls also had three bronze medals.

The Northern Marianas Athletics would like to thank all the “awesome volunteers and sponsors.”

NMA General Secretary Robin Sapong said: “I would like to sincerely express our profound appreciation for all the time and efforts you guys are doing for our children. We look forward in writing the next chapter of athletics with you all in the next few months and beyond. Please, keep in mind Cross Country season his around the corner.”

“As you all know, we are sending a youth team to the Oceania Athletics Championship Fiji in June 2017. Most of these youth athletes are a product of this event.”