Cross Country: Siibo ran at his own pace all the way to Far East title

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Nile C. Kinnick Red Devils senior cross country runner Akimanzi Siibo won the Kanto finals, DODEA -apan finals and the Far East Division I title this season and ran the Pacific's fastest time of 16 minutes, 8.3 seconds.  EMMANESTA STOVALL/SPECIAL TO STRIPES
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Nile C. Kinnick Red Devils senior cross country runner Akimanzi Siibo won the Kanto finals, DODEA -apan finals and the Far East Division I title this season and ran the Pacific's fastest time of 16 minutes, 8.3 seconds. EMMANESTA STOVALL/SPECIAL TO STRIPES

Cross Country: Siibo ran at his own pace all the way to Far East title

by: Dave Ornauer | .
Stars and Stripes | .
published: November 26, 2018

Most cross country runners say they don’t worry so much about their opponents as how they themselves are doing on the courses.

But given how his rivals played a virtual game of stopwatch leapfrog with each other throughout the season, Akimanzi Siibo said he couldn’t help but be concerned about them.

“I definitely did my research, looked at the times and what they were capable of and I was worried,” said Siibo, a Nile C. Kinnick senior who, in the end, conquered those fears by sweeping every meaningful race there was to win and posting the Pacific’s top time of the season.

Siibo went undefeated in nine races, including the Kanto Plain finals on Oct. 27, the DODEA-Japan finals on Oct. 20 at Yokota where he ran the region’s top time of 16 minute, 8.3 seconds, and the Far East meet on Nov. 5 when he clocked 16:44.5 at Misawa Air Base, Japan.

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