Team Results Management

Japan 74th InterHigh HS Nationals


Official Wed, Jul 28, 2021 Jul 28, 2021Stadium Fukui

This year's meet (2021, the 74th annual meet) was held in Fukui-ken, Japan, July 27-Aug 1.

Results of earlier Prefectural meets, compiled for the Remote Championships:  https://www.athletic.net/TrackAndField/meet/440645/results

PDf top 8 results; PDF of full results. Full results (in Japanese with furigana): https://kantou-koukou-rikujou.info/data/2021/2021_soutai_zenkoku_result.pdf. Another source https://www.jaaf.or.jp/competition/detail/1563/

http://www.fukui-jaaf.com/sokuhou/kyougi.html Fukui Prefecture hosted this year's meet. Their website temporarily had the full National results and was the basis for this upload. However, this link only shows the results of the most recent meet held in Fukui, and so the championship data (sadly) has already been replaced.

For those unfamiliar with Japanese high school sports, here is a quick introduction.  As in the USA, Japanese HS is three years (no freshmen), nearly all graduating at age 18 and youth sports in Japan is almost exclusively school-based. Unlike the USA, there are national HS championships in about 40 sports, most during summer vacation.  Also, athletes rarely do more than one sport in their high school career, a notable exception being the combination of T&F and ekiden; in other words, a sport is a year round activity. On the other hand, because school year starts April 1, the average HS T&F athlete in the spring season is 7 months younger than their American counterpart. Due partly to a vast public transportation system, mobility makes student recruitment easy. Distance runners (especially female runners) will gravitate to one coach, field event people to another coach, soccer players to a different school. Hence, only a small % of schools will be dominant in any given sport, a few in many sports, with most elite schools specializing in just a few sports. 

Japanese HS T&F has a clear progression to a national championship. Local zone competition in May will identify the elites who move on to Prefecture championships [Late May, early June], then to Regional [Mid-June to early July] and finally to the National championship [August]). Note that August is in the middle of the school year, not at the end of the year. It is rare for an individual to compete in more than 2 events, even locally. It is rare to compete more often than 3 times in a two month period; there will  be track and field competitions held throughout the year. Meets with fewer than a dozen schools are rare.

Ekiden will follow a similar pattern in the fall, culminating in the national championship race in Kyoto in late December.

The range of track and field events is slightly different from American high school. The boys hurdles are higher (110m 42" 400m 36"), both boys and girls run 400m hurdles, and the boys throw heavier weights in the discus, shot put, javelin and hammer. In place of the 2mile/3200m, Japanese boys compete in 3k steeplechase and 5000 meter race. Finally, there is a girls heptathlon and boys octathlon. 

In local meets, novice boys (typically sophomores) run 3000m; and girls might not compete in the 3000m until they have achieved a good mark in the 1500m (say, under 5:00).

In 2020 and 2021 there was a compiled ("Remote") championship, but 2021 also saw the return of a gathered national championahip (the 74th annual event).  The 2020 championship was cancelled.