Cross Country: ASIJ out, Guam in at wide-open Far East meet

Humphreys' Sergio Altamiranda, flanked by teammates Devyn Lewis and Timothy Kilburn, could challenge for the boys Division I individual and team titles in the Far East cross country meet. CLAIRE ANDERSON/SPECIAL TO STRIPES
Humphreys' Sergio Altamiranda, flanked by teammates Devyn Lewis and Timothy Kilburn, could challenge for the boys Division I individual and team titles in the Far East cross country meet. CLAIRE ANDERSON/SPECIAL TO STRIPES

Cross Country: ASIJ out, Guam in at wide-open Far East meet

by Dave Ornauer
Stars and Stripes

MISAWA AIR BASE, Japan – Joe Taitano said he couldn’t believe it when he was told by school administration in late September that Guam High would be welcomed back to DODEA-Pacific Far East competition in four sports, after a six-year absence.

Taitano’s cross country team is the first of those four Panthers teams to journey to a Far East, and will compete Monday and Tuesday in this year’s Far East meet.

“We’re back,” Taitano said. “I’m very happy for me, I’m very happy for the kids. I don’t know where to begin.”

Taitano spoke by phone from his billeting room, hours after he and his Panthers landed at Aomori International Airport and bused the 45 minutes to Misawa, where the high Sunday was 59, a nearly 30-degree difference from Sunday’s high at Guam’s International Airport.

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