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Napu junior teams eyeing repeat in Micro Cup

THE Napu Outrigger Canoe Club’s junior team is eyeing for a repeat of last year’s victory in the 19U division of Micronesia Cup that Guam will host from Oct. 27 to 29.

Because those who raced in the 2016 Micro Cup have moved to men’s and women’s division already, this year’s junior teams are composed mostly of new members for boys and girls teams.

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Napu Outrigger Canoe Club junior team members and vice president Jason Tarkong huddle during the first anniversary of Surf Club Restaurant after they received Triple J, Inc.’s donation on Monday.  Photo by Emmanuel T. Erediano

But they are confident they can live up to high expectations.

“We have been training hard each of us has been working our way to the top. Those in the team that won last year have gone to men’s division we are all new but we are confident we can do as good as they did last year,” said team captain Nathan Nogis during the turnover of the check donation from Triple J, Inc. on Monday.

Poima Tarkong said she expects this year’s Micro Cup to be very exciting.

“Last year I saw them won although I could not make it at the time. This year is my first time joining the team there so I am very excited to be with them and I hope I help them win again,” she said.

You Jin said he was also excited and nervous at the same time.

“Our team did very well last year and we’ll have to live to such expectations. We will do just as good as we did last year,” he said.

Napu vice president Jason Tarkong said that like last year Napu is the only team that is sending a junior team this year.

Half of Napu, he noted is composed of youth paddlers so it’s the second time they are the only ones representing the CNMI in the regional event.

They will be racing in the 500-meter in the opening day, then, 1,000-meter on the second day and long distance race on the final day.