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Aoyama Gakuin University got a leg up in the pursuit of the Tokyo-Hakone collegiate ekiden championship on Friday, when the school’s team won the first day of the grueling road race for the first time ever.

Aoyama Gakuin finished the five-segment, 107.5-km route between Tokyo’s Otemachi business district and the spa town of Hakone in 5 hours, 23 minutes, 58 seconds. Meiji University, seeking its first overall championship in 66 years, was second in 5:28:57, while 2014 champion Toyo University was third in 5:30:47.

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