Nile C. Kinnick's Chris Watson is chasing top honors in the long jump during Saturday's Kanto Plain track and field finals at Yokota. AKEMI OGATA/SPECIAL TO STRIPES
Nile C. Kinnick's Chris Watson is chasing top honors in the long jump during Saturday's Kanto Plain track and field finals at Yokota. AKEMI OGATA/SPECIAL TO STRIPES

Teams in Korea, Japan take to track for last Far East tune-up

by Dave Ornauer
Stars and Stripes

Qualifying for individuals competing in the Far East meet has come and gone. But there are still things athletes can achieve at Saturday’s Korea and Kanto Plain district track and field finals, coaches say.

“There are still things to compete for,” coach Luke Voth of four-time Far East Division I team champion Nile C. Kinnick said. “Sometimes, you use it for (Far East) dress rehearsal, sometimes kids have one last chance (at a personal record) in an event they won’t run at Far East.”

The Kanto Plain finals are scheduled for 9 a.m. Saturday at Yokota, site of all but one of the meets in Japan this season. Korea’s district finals are also on tap at 9 a.m. Saturday at Camp Humphreys, which has the only eight-lane tracks in Korea.

Weather forecasts for both locations is fine, with temperatures expected to reach 80 with sunny to partly-cloudy skies. At issue could be the air quality at Humphreys; the district finals were canceled in 2016 and 2017 due to poor air quality.

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