April 30, 2012John F. Kennedy High School
Despite being sore from a relay race on Saturday, Christopher Magtoto breezed through the Think Health with the John F. Kennedy Class of 2012 5K Fun Run/Walk to finish first overall yesterday at JFK High School. He clocked in at an amazing 15 minutes and 43 seconds.
Gerald Asuncion, 18, took second at 16:05 and John Karus, 36, came in third at 16:35.
Clocking in at 20:08, Joy Advincula, 50, jogged across the finish line to take her second first-place finish in the female category. In second-place, Tamami Smith, 38, finished at 20:34 followed by Haruka Matsui (20:43).
Magtoto said the course shot straight up the street from his alma mater, JFK, and went past St. John's School with the turn-around just across from Nissan Motors in Upper Tumon.
"It's a pretty fast course because coming back, it was a downhill (run)," said JFK athletic director Jay Antonio, who said the course was checked with a Global Positioning System.
"It was a pretty good turn out," said Antonio, who added that there were about 600 runners who came out to participate.
JFK senior class advisor Lenett Estay added that proceeds from the run go to the school's athletic department, which should help with the gym and the senior class' identity.
"The (JFK) senior class struggle with their identity," said Estay, "We were at (George Washington High School) during our freshman year, in Tiyan during our sophomore and junior year, and now, finally, at home during our senior year. The gym is central to our identity."
Magtoto, who is now a student at the University of Guam, seemed to enjoy the event, especially when they started and ended at JFK's new school campus.
"JFK is real nice now," Magtoto said while admiring the spotless buildings in front of him, "Real nice!"
-Guam Pacific Daily News