Another veteran athlete Marestella Torres also continued her dominance in the womens Long Jump. Torres leapt 6.62m at the Asian Grand Prix in Thailand, promisingly close to her 6.71m effort last SEA Games. SEA Games Bronze medalist Katherine Khay Santos was also again over 6 meters with a 6.19m effort just 6cm from her personal best of 6.25m set at the SEA Games. They were followed by Heptathletes Narcisca Atienza (SEA Games Silver) 5.65m and UAAP Heptathlon Champion Mildrid Salut 5.51m.
38 Year old 2003 SEA Games Champion Lerma Buluitan Gabito rejoined the ranking lists after a 6 year absence with a gold at the Asian Masters her 5.50m jump was good enoguh to rank #5. Taipei Based Luville Dato-on won the previous UAAP in 5.48m. Surprisingly the leap of current UAAP Champion 17 year old Aldee Denuyo was not good enough to be ranked at only 5.13m. 12 on the list now means the criteria for 2013 is now 5.28m increasing from 5.15m. Last year only 7 jumped over 5.20m, this year it was 11.
Their was significant change in the Women’s All-Time Lists this year. Marestella Torres Senior Record of 12.67m came under threat as SEA Games Bronze Medalist in Long Jump Katherine Santos dished out a new best of 12.62m at the National Games.
The real surprise though was 19-year old Felyn Dolloso whose last major achievement was breaking the Palarong Pambansa Record back in 2010 (12.35m). Dolloso came out of her rather hibernation like form the last two years to break the junior record of her mentor Torres (12.43m, 2000). A lot of work needs to be done however as the SEA Games bronze criteria is 13.64m. Dolloso added the Uni Games title in Bacolod to her name defeating Joeann Bermudo (FEU) with a 12.27m leap.
Dolloso was not able to participate at the last 2 UAAPs, in her absence Joeann Bermudo (FEU) won the Triple Jump breaking through with 12.05m which ranked her #6 on the all-time lists. Bermudo then went on to defend her UAAP title in the Triple Jump.
The Standard for the rankings list remains at 11.30m for next year. 8 Women leapt over 11.40m the same as last year.
SEA Games Silver medalist in the Heptathlon Narcisca Atienza continued her long reign in the Womens High Jump. The 33 year old had a seasons best of 1.77m, and currently holds the National Record in this event at 1.81m.
It was a very impressive late season surge from Joeann Bermudo (FEU) better known as a Triple Jumper who improved her best leap from 1.55m to 1.67m. Bermudo took the UAAP title from defending champion Aprilen Laudencia and ended up fifth the ASEAN University Games her first time to represent the Philippines. Bermudo held off Maureen Emily Schrijvers (DLSU) and Chairie Palermo (UST) at the UAAP.
A new star emerged this season during the earlier UAAP with Aprilen Laudencia (FEU) clearing a New Junior Record 1.66m albeit just slightly off Nars 1.70m UAAP Record. Schrijvers broke the Palarong Pambansa Record of Marla Ellaga with a leap of 1.62m at the Palaro in Lingayen.
Nine leapt over 1.55m this year compared to seven last year. 1.55m again is the criteria for next years rankings.
Riezel Buenaventura showed fine form by equaling her performance at the SEA Games with a 3.90m at the Korea International Pole Vault Meet. Buenaventura unfortunately missed out on the bronze in 2011 SEA Games when she leapt 3.90m on count back. Riezel is the #2 all-time Pole Vaulter after the retired Fil-Heritage athlete Deborah Samson (won a bronze 2005, and silver 2007 at the SEA Games).
Katrina Baron (UP) beat her much highly favored training partner Natasha Nalus to secure the UAAP title with a personal best of 3.20m #5 all time list.
Emerging this season was two exciting new eighteen year olds. Natasha Nalus (UP) who broke the Philippine Junior Record leaping 2.95m at the Weekly Relays. And then surpassed it again at the Uni Games with 3.00m (the mark not counting as it was a non-sanctioned PATAFA meet). However this didn’t matter as Nalus finishing with silver medal broke the Junior Record again with 3.10m.
Fil-Heritage athlete Alyana Nicholas whose leap of 3.20m exceeds this record but as she did not have a Filipino passport at the time the record was set. The San Diego based Nicholas is mentored by Mens National Record Holder Edward Lasquette. Both Nalus and Nicholas will be in the Junior Division next year at the PNG. Joining them will be 14 year old Emily Obiena (daughter of Emerson Obiena and younger sister of EJ Obiena) who improved her best performance to 2.80m #8 Junior all time lists.
Only five vaulters over 2.40m means the criteria remains for next year. Last year ten females leapt over 2.40m.
This is the first event compiled for the 2012 Ranking Lists. These will be released every week to two weeks.
At the end of 2012 14-year old Fil Heritage athlete Kyla Richardson was the quickest with a time 12.00et. Her time is the quickest ever by a 14 year old Filipina with performances well ahead of what National Record Holder Lydia De Vega Mercado did at the same age.
National Champion Katherine Khay Santos came next with 12.17et to win the PNG. Tied at 12.22 were Jenny Rose Rosales and Hanelyn Loquinto who both broke the UAAP Record. Loquinto ran her time in the heats while Rosales won the final with the same clocking.
While Rosales has the potential to develop into a great SEA or Asian Class Sprinter, Richardson who improved her performance from 12.69 to 12.00 from age 13 to 14 has the potential to be world class one day in fact her performance was well under the 12.60 required time to qualify for the World Youth Champs in Ukraine next year.
The list also features Palarong Pambansa Champion Maureen Emily Schrijers and National PRISAA Champion Lorna Olarita.
The Ranking Lists for 2012 have now been finalized. For 2013 the standards for inclusion on the list will be increased to 12.70et/12.5ht. As per 2012 athletes will not be included in the list if they have represented another country within the last five years. It will also be noted whether Philippine Heritage athletes included have the necessary passport or duel citizenship documentation.
Altogether 25 athletes made the womens 100m ranking lists this year compared to 18 last year. Notable is the number of new young athletes under the age of 20 running below 12.6ht aswell 13 in total.
- 2012 Philippines Womens Ranking List 200m (pinoyathletics.com)
- Womens 400m Ranking List (pinoyathletics.com)
- UAAP Event Reviews: Womens 100m Dash with Poll (pinoyathletics.com)
- UAAP Day 1: Rosales wins, Loquinto erases UAAP Record Womens 100m (pinoyathletics.com)
PSC/Philippine National Games Full Review
(May 28-31) Dumaguete
By Pirie Enzo
Discussion Points? Ways to Improve the National Championships??
(Feel Free to comment on the above suggestions welcome)
1. Have more lavish Medal Ceremonies in between events. It instills upon the athletes a sense that meet has more importance.
2. Have lead up meets on the calendar, maybe even a National Grand Prix Series.
3. Eliminate the 2 athletes per event per team rule as this limits participation
4. Divide the meet
a) Perhaps conduct a separate National Junior Championships as this allows Juniors to compete against Seniors at the actual National Championships increasing participation
b) have a separate Relay meet which allows athletes to focus energy on individual events at the main Championships.
5. Advertise and promote the event a lot earlier
6. Find Private Sponsors to help boost the event
7. Have a more enthusiastic commentator who actually commentated during the event. Rather just reading out the event numbers and outdated/incorrect records on the program sheet.
8. marshaling for events on time
9. Incentives cash or prize for National Junior and National Records
The Philippine National Games (PNG) is a multi-sport event competition, including the sports of Track and Field (also known as Athletics). It follows the same format as the annual Palarong Pambansa (which caters for elementary and high schools) and the now redundant Philippine Olympic Festivals which ran from 2006 to 2007 (another project of the Philippines Sports Commission (PSC).
The PNG is funded and endorsed by the PSC. Although the project was reborn in 2011 in Bacolod as the 1st PSC-National Games. The event had actually been staged previously in 1997 in Cebu. The Second National Games was held this May in Dumaguete. This article will focus on the Track and Field program.
It began of as a complicated finalization as at the beginning of the year the PSC mentioned they would have the PNG May 28-31 in Dumaguete. However due to the recent earthquake in Dumaguete there was scares that the repair of the facilities to host the events would not be ready in time and made lead to cancellation or postponement of the event. In the mean time the PATAFA was preparing to hold the National Open May 17-21 in Santa Cruz Laguna. This led to confusion in the track community. Would their infact be two national meets in the space of less than a month?. After much twists and turns with the event organizers the mayor of Dumaguete finally teamed up with the Governor of Negros to eventually host the event. Thus the National Open in Santa Cruz was postponed to a much later date.
Track and Field at the National Games
Below are reviews summaries based on the daily reviews of the games by Pinoymiler Blog Founder Moriel Carreon
Their were some flashes of brilliance which could be expected at the National Games with Junior Triple Jumper Felyn Dolloso (Hypersports) overcoming several obstacles to break the National Triple Jump girls (19 and under) record (12.55m) (read about it here) and Thrower Loralie Amahit (Baguio) breaking the women’s record in Hammer.
However partly due to reasons listed in the above paragraph (event issues), attendance was at an all time low for National Track and Field meets with only around 300 athletes attending.
Several University teams that had prepared for Laguna had decided to skip the meet, while only a small group of athletes from Taipei served as the only foreign entries to this meet. (The Sabah team who are regular annual attenders did not make the trip this year as it clashed with the Taipei meet held a few days before).
The declining number of entries was high lighted further as concern in the women’s sprints event with 2-4 entries in the women’s 100,200,400,100 Hurdles and 400 Hurdles.
The eventual winner of the mens division was the well-organized team of Run for Change which focussed solely on the mens division, whereas Hypersports operating on a smaller budget finished second in the mens and won the girls division (with only five girls), Laguna won the women’s division.
Distance: Mens 800m Show Down
The most highly anticipated race of the meet was the Mens 800m between SEA Games Silver Medalist (800/1500) Mervin Guarte (Laguna) and the two Hypersports runners Paul Billones and Wenlie Maulas of Hypersports. Who had run some fast 400m times coached by Sam Goldberg leading up to the games. Read about it here. Guarte held off the fast finishining Wenlie Maulas 1.52.19 to 1.52.92 with Billones getting the bronze.
The Womens 5k was won by Floredeliza Donos (Baguio) in a ’blanket’ finish of 17.44.84 edging Mary Grace Delos Santos (Cebu) by .01s, with national team member Jhoann Banayag (Laguna) settling for bronze. SEA Games Champion Rene Herrera had a comfortable win of 9:05.84 in the Mens Steeple Chase. Veteran Buenavista won a tactical 5k race from fellow veteran Julius Sermona. With Sermona winning the 10k.
SEA Games Veterans Shine
Meanwhile in other events, SEA Games Gold and Bronze medalists Marestella Torres and Kat Santos leapt 6.58m and 6.19m to place 1-2 in the Womens Long Jump. The consistent Torres has already made the olympic B Standard with her 6.71m Long Jump the only athlete to do so in at least the last 12 years. Four time SEA Games gold medalist Arniel Ferrera (PAF-Hypersports) ruled the Men’s Hammer Throw with a throw of 55.48m and Discus. And former sea games gold medalist Rosie Villarito won the Javelin in 48.42m. Jhoann Banayag easily won the 10k in 37:36.27
In the Mens Hurdles the much billed showdown between National Record Holder Patrick Unso (TMS) and former training pool member/Taipei based Robin Darwin Tuliao (who ran #2 fastest time of all time, read about it here). Tuliao unable to make the Games but expected to show at the National Open this Month. Unso won easily with a season leading time of 14.65 in the 110m Hurdles. While his junior counterpart Michael Man-ay clocked a fast 15.06 in the heats but was beaten in the finals.
Hypersports, 18-year-old Michelle Loterte easily won the Girls Hurdles in a personal best of 15.15 over a second ahead of her nearest rivals. With the retirements of National Record Holder Sheena Atilano and UAAP Record Holder Zara Dela Virgo, and many of the what remained of the countries current best senior women hurdlers choosing to skip the meet the field was rather lacking in the womens Hurdles.
Meanwhile in the Mens Hurdles Junrey Bano comfortably won in 52.02s.
Open Womens Sprints Lacking participation
The same could be said for the women’s sprints like last year with only four in the women’s 100m which was won by Katherine Khay Santos (Baguio) 12.17, Hanelyn Loquinto (Laguna) 12.38 and Krizia Leah Apelar (HyperSports) 12.45.
Womens 100m Final (photo by Ed Karrel Gamboa)
Fil-am Apelar came back to win a two woman final in 25.04 from hypersport team-mate Lorna Olarita. While Olarita (PRISAA Champion) also placed second to Keizel Pedrina (Hypersports) who ran a 56.88 PB in a very windy final.
Meanwhile Pedrina placed second to Josie Malacad (Laguna, 1:02.36 PB) in what was also a three woman final. (Photo by Ed Karrel Gamboa)
The declining number of female sprinters participating at this meet should be of great concern as looking back to 2000 women’s 100-200-400 used to have heats, semis and finals. With this year the women’s 400m having an all time low of two entries which would have almost forced the event to not feature at all at the games.
Meanwhile in the Juniors numbers were high with UAAP sprint treble Champion Jennyrose Rosales (12.60) claiming the National Junior title ahead of Palaro Champion Maureen Emily Schrivjers (12.68) and Batang Pinoy Champion Mary Anthony Diesto. Rosales also claimed the double in the Womens 200m (25.60).
Hypersports 4×100 lineup of Olarita, Apelar, Pedrina and Riezel Buenaventura won the women’s relays. Despite the fact this was more of a B Team lineup as top sprinters Princess Joy Griffey and Luville Dato-on where not able to make appearances. The girls all-star lineup of Loterte, Rosales, Angco and Schrivjers had a complete victory in the girls clocking (49.36) While in the Mens Division the Laguna Team ruled the mens 4×100 (41.32) and 4×400.
In the Mens Sprints Archand Bagsit collected the mens-double with 21.67 and 48.50. Bagsit the SEA Games silver medalist last year, ran a tiring set of sub 48 runs at the Grand Prix in Thailand last month including a personal best of 47.42.