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HS boys' cross country loses to Kinnick but beats Zama

The boys' cross country team ran the Tama Hills lower course course on Saturday. CAJ beat Zama 22-35 and lost 19-44 to Kinnick on the 5-kilometer course. With the win and loss, the Knights' league record ended at 3-4 and the team was fifth out of eight teams in the Kanto Plains.

With CAJ's No. 2 runner, Hayato, injured, the rest of the team picked up the slack and had many good times. All nine Knights runners registered their personal record time on a 5k course. Jordan (17:15.2, 4th out of 70 varsity runners) led the Knights, followed by Stephen (18:46.8, 26th), Koh-William (19:08.2, 32nd), Ken (19:24.5, 38th) and Go (19:46.8, 46th). Full results from the meet can be found

"The boys did excellently today," coach Nate Rudd said. "We had some outstanding performances. Ken performed outstandingly again, showing that he is a varsity runner. It's nice that Jordan got a PR. We've been expecting a lot from him this season and it was nice to have him finally get more of an outstanding time."

Jordan himself was satisfied with what the Knights were able to do on Saturday.

"We faced a really strong team in Kinnick, and we were already at a disadvantage without Hayato, but I thought we did our best, and that's all you can really ask for. I'm really proud of how we did," Jordan said.

GyungWon continued as the only middle school runner for CAJ. He ran a time of 13:33.1, placing 32nd out of 109 middle school boy runners.

The next meet for the high school guys' team will be in Guam at the Asia Pacific Invitational next Friday and Saturday. Rudd expressed that third place at that meet will be the team's goal. Seven of the Knights' runners will go to Guam, and the other three runners will be at Yokota with the girls' team.

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