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    Tuesday, October 17, 2017-12:06:18A.M.

     

     

     

     

     

NMA picks 12 young athletes for Asia Pacific Invitational Cross Country

THE Northern Marianas Athletics has selected 12 young athletes who will participate in the 2017 Asia Pacific Invitational Cross Country Championship that will be held in Guam on Oct. 20 and 21.

However, only 11 of them are likely to make it to the regional event because one of the picks, Mount Carmel School’s Christian Villacrusis won’t be able to travel due to academic activities he cannot miss, according to NMA General Secretary Robin Sapong.

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Saipan International School’s Tania Tan approaches the finish line during the second leg of the All-School Cross Country Series at the Airport field on Saturday.  Photos by Emmanuel T. Erediano Agape Christian School’s Dawei Cai approaches the finish line during the second leg of the All-School Cross Country Series at the Airport field on Saturday.  Photos by Emmanuel T. Erediano

The young athletes who will represent the CNMI in the event are Agape Christian School’s Ella Zhang, Amelia Yu and Tian Bo Zhang, Saipan International School’s Tania Tan and Malika Miyawaki for the girls division.

The boys’ team includes ACS’ Jonathan Xiong, Peter Wang, Dawei Cai, SIS’s Alex Park, Je Hyuk Jung and Clayton Izuka.

To be held at JFK High School, it will be the 14th Asia-Pacific Invitational Cross Country that drew student athletes from about 30 schools in NMI, Guam, Palau, Hong Kong, Japan, Korea, Philippines and China.

NMI started sending young athletes to the event in 2006.

This year, Sapong said more than 20 Schools from Japan, Hong Kong, Palau and host Guam are expected to take part in this prestigious event that brings top high school runners from the region.

“As a way continue to promote and improve our athlete’s skills, and to play integral part of improving the health of our youth, we the Northern Marianas Athletics, are proud to inform you that based on the All Schools Cross Country results 12 students from three high schools have made it to the top six high school runners this session, which made them eligible to take part in this year Asia Pacific Invitational Cross Country Championship. Congratulations to the following students and all the best,” Sapong said.

NMA, he added will assist partial funding for airfare and accommodation. As part of NMA ID talent youth activities, these student athletes will also get the opportunity to meet and greet two former Olympians who are also Micronesian Games gold medalist and record holder.