Arakita races to the front and pulls his team as far as he can. Eventually his energy runs out, and Arakita is forced to drop out from the race. Before Sohoku can fully catch up though with a 6–5 advantage, Izumida puts all his power into a spint and starts to pull Hakone further and further ahead until dropping out from exhaustion. The first years beg to be dropped by their seniors, but Kinjou refuses to listen to their request. He says their final order is to escort them to the mountains. Once they get to the mountains, then the team will split into two, but until they reach that point the first years still have something to learn from their seniors.