The boys field takes off from the start line, led by eventual Division I and overall winner Hanokheliyahu Gailson of Nile C. Kinnick, far right. JASON WYSONG/SPECIAL TO STRIPES
The boys field takes off from the start line, led by eventual Division I and overall winner Hanokheliyahu Gailson of Nile C. Kinnick, far right. JASON WYSONG/SPECIAL TO STRIPES

Cross Country: Four runners can now call themselves Far East champs

by Dave Ornauer
Stars and Stripes

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan – No pain. Don’t think about the pain. Just think of the last four to five minutes. It’ll be over soon.

That’s what Hanokheliyahu Gailson said he was thinking as he neared the finish of Monday’s Far East cross country meet’s individual race.

The Nile C. Kinnick senior won the overall and Division I titles by 1.5 seconds over the favorite, Will Ray of Kadena, but it was anything but easy, Gailson said.

“That was tough,” Gailson after clocking the 3.12 miles on Misawa’s Gosser Memorial golf links in 16 minutes, 27.9 seconds, with Ray second in 16:29.4. “I really had to dig deep. I can’t feel my body right now.”

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