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HS boys' cross country places third out of 17 teams at API

Seven members of the high school boys' cross country team competed in the Asia Pacific Invitational in Guam early on Friday morning. CAJ was third out of 17 teams with 139 team points on the 5-kilometer course.

The Knights were in a somewhat tight pack of teams competing for second place following the runaway winner ASIJ (18 points). St. Mary's, CAJ, John F. Kennedy, Guam High, Saint Paul Christian, Simon Sanchez and St. John all finished with between 127 and 190 points (lower score is better).

CAJ was led by performances from Jordan (17:35.6, 4th out of 155 runners) and Hayato (17:55.0, 8th). The rest of the top five for the Knights were Stephen (19:23.0, 33rd), Koh-William (19:40.0, 44th) and Go (20:16.7, 55th). Jordan and Hayato earned All-Star recognition for placing in the top 15 runners. Full meet results are available

Coach Nate Rudd was pleased with the Knights as they achieved their goal of third place.

"The meet went very well," Rudd said. "All the guys did a great job. Jordan pushed hard to break the ASIJ lead. Ty started off slow, but picked off many in the second lap. Hayato pushed hard to get his All-Star place. All the other guys pushed their hardest to earn their bests, as well."

CAJ will compete the second and final portion of the invitational on Saturday morning in the coed relay. The Knights will compete together with the girls' team from ISSH as their relay partners.

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