Boys runners dash off the start line of Friday's Okinawa district cross country finals at Cape Zanpa. DAVE ORNAUER/STARS AND STRIPES
Boys runners dash off the start line of Friday's Okinawa district cross country finals at Cape Zanpa. DAVE ORNAUER/STARS AND STRIPES

Cross Country: Kadena's Ray races to best time in DODEA-Pacific this season

by Dave Ornauer
Stars and Stripes

CAPE ZANPA, Okinawa – In winning the Okinawa district finals, Kadena’s Will Ray shattered the six-year old district record for boys, set a Pacific best for this season among DODEA-Pacific runners and led the Panthers to the team title.

The latter, Ray said after the race, was foremost on his mind, the team winning and preparing for the Far East meet Nov. 4-5 at Misawa Air Base, Japan.

“I’m thinking about pushing my team,” Ray said, adding that individual district goals “come second” in his mind. “I wouldn’t be here without my team.”

Kadena’s Isamar Vargas, the girls champion, seconded that emotion after she crossed the finish line on a warm, windy, cloudy Friday afternoon at the Zanpa Point 3.12-mile lighthouse course.

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