Special thank you to the following individuals
- Some preliminary results snapshots available courtesy of Coach Mike Peleaz from todays morning session. University Games of the Philippines held at Panaad Park, Bacolod. Click on images to enlarge.
- Some Final Results unofficial provided by my friend grass roots coach RV Alvarez who was officiating at the meet.
*Please note this meet had no wind gauge present and used hand timing. For official purposes hand times will be rounded up e.g. 10.61 is rounded upto 10.70 not down to 10.60 and that pattern applies for all these results.
Please note all these performances are hand timed, they did not use electronic timing or wind gauges.
Nalus sores into 3.00m+ club
The highlight of the second day of the University Games was 18 year old Natasha Nalus (UP) breaking her own National Junior record (2.95m set 18.08.12 during the weekly relays) and joining the 3.00m club. The leap tied here with SEA Games Long Jump Record Holder Marestella Torres, and former UAAP Standouts Nariza Rubio and Jesber Hualde who occupy the sixth to ninth places on the All Time lists.
It leads into a potentially exciting challenge for the National Junior Championship at the end of May with Fil-Heritage athlete Alyana Nicolas the same age as Nalus already clearing 3.20m this year. Albeit Alyana did not have a Philippine passport at that time so until that is obtained is not eligible for representation or the Philippine Record. Riezel Buenaventura has already surpassed the SEA Games standard of 3.90m. So it is upto Nalus and Nicolas to push each other to get the other seat on the plane to the SEA Games in Myanmar at the end of next year.
Coming in second was Nalus team mate former junior record holder Katrina Baron (2.90m) who is on the recovery from injury and equalled her season best of 2.80m.
Meanwhile in the Mens Pole Vault Adel Valdecanas got the better this time on count back against his long time rival National Junior Record Holder EJ Obiena after losing on count back the last time they competed a few weeks ago during the weekly relays. Again they both registered 4.20m.
Nalus, Baron, and Valdecanas are coached by Policeman and UP Assistant coach Mike Pelaez.
Cid Defends both titles
After qualifying fastest in the 400m with 49.2 easily, Cid ran down the fast starting Daniel Noval of CSB who won the 100 meter title the other day to defend his 200m title from last year albeit it was a little slower than the 21.7 he registered at Capiz. He also ran a seasons best of 53.5 to comfortably defend his title (it was just a little off the 53.1 record he had established at the UAAP in 2011). Cid recorded 48.8 secs in the final to improve on his third place finish in this event last year just outside the meet record of Christopher Demata (RTU).
Also seeing double was Cids school mate from FEU Josie Malacad, Malacad edged out 100m winner Schrijvers, in the 200m in a new personal best of 25.5 and then tidied up her title in the Womens 400m Hurdles in 1:03.1, Malacad also was very comfortable qualifying easiest fastest in the 400m with 58.5.
Malacad then sped away to easily win the 400m title in a time of 57.5. About .6s slower than the 57.04 she registered in Vietnam in June.
5K Favourites for UAAP
UAAP Champion Carmen Dalyn ran a new personal best in the Womens 5k in 19:03.3. Beating her best time of 19:03.55 she ran at the UAAP.
Meanwhile Rafael Poliquit (FEU) knocked nearly 6 secs off his personal best in the 5k, he had recorded 15:31.0 during the weekly relays. His time of 15:25.1 now puts him ahead in the rankings of his Run 4 Change team mates Richard Salano (UST) 15:29.5 and Christopher Ulboc 15:37.79 (pb of 15:24). And less than 4 secs away from breaking the UAAP Record of Ben Alejandrino set in 2006. It will be an exciting race in December with one of the three above breaking the record.
Day 1-3 Selected Results (only significant performances good enough to be Ranked Listed)
*note all performances hand timed rounded up and no wind gauge present, performances suffered due to heavy rain.
*Some incorrect performances now fixed
100m Final (24): 1. Daniel Noval 10.7 (*Anthony Lopena (CSB) 10.7, Noval 10.7 heats)
200m Final (25): 1. Jesson Ramil Cid (FEU) 21.9, 2. Noval 21.9, 3. Jhonrey Bhardos (FEU) 22.3, 4. Lopena 22.4 (*Lopena 22.2 heats)
400m (24): 1. Cid 48.8 (*Cid 49.2 heats)
800m Final (25): 1. Rudyfer Hernandez (JRU) 1:56.5 (1. Elbren Neri (UST) 1:56.7, 2. Hernandez 1:56.8 *heats (24)
1500m Final (24): 1. Christopher Ulboc Jr. (FEU) 4:00.9, 2. Hernandez 4:02.5, 3. Ruen Dela Torre (JRU) 4:02.7
5K Final (26): 1. Rafael Poliquit (FEU) 15:25.1, 2. Anthony Nerza (BROK) 15:31.1, 3. Dela Torre 15:32.5, 4. Sonny Wagdos (UM) 15:34.9
400H (25) : 1. Cid 53.5 , 2. Gerald Morales (UST) 55.7, 3. Jimmy Tolin (RTU) 55.8 (*Cid 55.7 heats)
3K Steeples (25) : 1. Christopher Ulboc (FEU) 9:29.8, 2. Anthony Nerza (BROK) 9:43.2
Long Jump (24): 1. Mark Fabro (DLSD) 7.06m, 2. Mark Harry Diones (JRU) 7.06m, 3. Janry Ubas (FEU) 7.01m, 4. Melbert Diones (JRU) 6.95m
Triple Jump (24): 1. M. Diones 14.65m, 2. M.H Diones 14.56m, 3. Ubas 14.07m
High Jump (25): 1. Ubas 1.90m
Pole Vault (25) : 1. Adel Valdecanas (DLSU) 4.20m, 2. EJ Obiena (ADMU) 4.20m, 3. Joram Ng (CSB) 3.90m, 4. Gorby Pajardo (ADMU) 3.90m
Shotput (24): 1. Eduard Paul Paler (JRU) 12.90m
Discus (24): 1. Miguel Sibayan (ADMU) 37.72m, 2. Adrian Linao (UM) 37.37m
Javelin (25): 1. Kenny Gonzales (FEU) 56.36m
4x100m (26): 1. FEU 42.6
4x400m (26): 1. FEU 3:22.3
100M Final (24): 1. Maureen Schrijvers (DLSU) 12.5 (*Schrijvers 12.4 heats)
200m Final (25): 1. Josie Malcad (FEU) 25.5, 2. Schrijvers 25.6 (Malacad 26.1 *heats (25)
400m (26): 1. Malacad 57.5, 2. Rechelle Abotalmo (UST) 59.8 (* (24) Malacad 58.5 heats)
800m (24): 1. Mary Ann Dela Cruz (FEU) 2:19.9, 2. Jelyn Duran (UST) 2:21.6
1500m Final (24): 1. Dalyn Carmen (FEU) 4:53.3, 2. Dela Cruz 4:55.5, 3. Jelyn Duran (USLS) 4:57.6
5000m Final (26): 1. Carmen 19:03.3
100 Hurd (24): 1. Eunice Balatibat (RTU) 15.7, 2. Michelle Loterte (UST) 15.8, 3. Vienna Mae Banebane (UST) 15.8 (*15.5 Loterte, 15.6 Banebane, Leah Casilihan (DLSU) 15.8, Charrie Catahan (UP) 15.9 heats)
400 Hurd Final (25): 1. Malacad 1:03.1, 2. Janelle Silvoza (RTU) 1:04.9 (*Heats Malacad 1:04.9, Raiveneth Penarubia (FEU) 1:04.9 (24)
Long Jump (24): 1. Felyn Dolloso (DLSU) 5.15m
Triple Jump (24): 1. Dolloso 12.28m,2. Joeann Bermudo (FEU) 12.03m, 3. Avegail Dizon (FEU) 11.52m, 4. Chairy Palermo (UST) 11.35m, 5. Michelle Pandian (HCDC) 11.30m
High Jump (24): 1. Schrijvers 1.60m, 2. Charito Bajuyo (UM) 1.55m, 3. Bermudo 1.55m
Pole Vault (25): 1. Natasha Nalus (UP) 3.00m *Philippine Junior Record, 2. Katrina Baron (UP) 2.80m, 3. Cess Trinidad (ADMU) 2.60m
Shotput (24): 1. Riza Faith Sombilla (UST) 10.55m, 2. Maika De Oro (USLS) 10.45m, 3. Devy Isada (UNO-R) 10.38m, 4. Vanessa Baguwet (ADMU) 10.22m, 5. Lei Anne Tan (FEU) 9.58m
Discus (24): 1. De Oro 37.65m, 2. April Rose Guiang (UM) 33.84m, 3. Twinkle Masilang (DLSU) 33.76m, 4. Isada 30.88m
Javelin (24): 1. Evalyn Palabrica (FEU) 39.90m
4x100m (26): 1. FEU 49.5, 2. UST 50.4, 3. DLSU 50.6, 4. UP 51.2
4x400m (26): 1. FEU 4:01.8, 2. UST 4:05.6, 3. RTU 4:07.2
*Please Note that all results are hand timed. And should be rounded up. Under no circumstance should a performance e.g. 10.91 in a sprint be rounded down to 10.9ht this is just poor time keeping.
University Games Part 2: Event Reviews including Videos
Results and Photos (Day 1 and 2)
Womens 100m Heats and Finals
It was 17 year old 2012 Palaro Champion Mau Schrijvers who was the fastest in the heats in 12.4. The National Junior Silver medalist (12.68) in this event made it the third time to clock 12.4s which is also her personal best. 2008 Palaro Champion Ruffa Bargola (UP) was second fastest in 12.7 well off her personal best of 12.2 ran during the weekly relays. Unheralded Mae Angoring of RTU was the third fastest. Avegail Dizon fourth in the UAAP, 2011 National Junior Bronze Medalist Jacogoy, 2009-2010 Palaro Champion Michelle Loterte (UST) also made the final.
All eight runners lined up in the final but only the first six times were recorded in the results. It was Bargola of UP (black) who was fastest out from the blocks over the acceleration phase. The tall Schrivjers (white) and Dizon (yellow) took command during the top end phase of the race, with Mau having the best maintenance phase. Maureen Schrivjers added her second major title to her Palaro Crown with 12.5 albeit it was a bit slower than the final due to probably a wet track. Ruffa Bargola of UP who had qualified second ran the same time to get the silver her first medal in a while. Dizon improved over a tenth to snatch the bronze away from Mae Angoring who couldn’t cope with the rainy conditions and finished sixth. By the looks of the video it seems like Bargola was lucky to claim the silver as a photo finish would have seen Dizon clearly in front. The rest of the field was well out of it at least a body lengths behind third place. So probably not right the .1s difference between Bargola and Dizon.
Mens 100m Heats and Finals
According to Daniel Noval, their where three heats. Anfernee Lopena ran a a seasons best of 10.7ht to win his heat, while Noval won his heat in 10.7ht also. Lopena the 2011 Palaro 400m Champion from Bohol transferred to CSB from Holy Name University in Cebu after that school decided to axe the track and field team due to budget cuts. Lopena has had some very good runs over the shorter distances during the weekly relay. His team mate Noval on the other hand is a 2 time Palaro and 2 time NCAA Champion in the 100m. Also qualifying was NCAA JR Record Holder Jasper Tanhueco as third fastest, 2011 National Junior 200/400m Champion Noli Torres of Dasma also made the Final.
Only the first five athletes had times recorded in a damp final. Daniel Noval who obviously had kept something in reserve running the identical time of 10.62 ht, Noval led the race from start to finish pulling away in the maintenance phase of the race.. Lopena was a little slower this time in 10.9 and Jasper Tanhueco was third in 11 flat. It was gold and silver for Mighty Cebu. From the video it looks like Tanhueco leaning backwards and dipping early during the maintenance phase, enabled Lopena to pip him for the silver.
Womens 200m Final
At 120m it looked like Schrijvers (white) was destined for the sprint double. She was 5m clear of the field. However a strong surge saw Josie Malacad (yellow) run her down in the last 40m of the race.
Mens 200m Final
This was only ever a two man race. Noval (white) came off the bend the fastest with probably a little bit of a lead on Cid. However Cid who was bobbing his head tilted side to side over whelmed the little guy in a neck to neck battle all the way to the finish line.
Womens 400m Heats
National 400m Hurdles Champion Josie Malacad qualified easily fastest to the final of the Womens 400m. Malacad who was the only athlete to break 1m00.0 in the Heats recorded her personal best of 57.04et to take silver at the South Vietnam Open. The graceful striding Malacad took the womens 400m looking very comfortable. Perhaps a sign the 56.78 UAAP Record set by Ana Leah Hugo in 1997 could be gone next month. The runner of RTU was second in 59.7 and everyone else was 1m00+.
400M Mens Heats and Finals
Jesson Rami Cid was the fastest easily of the heat qualifiers. Cid the third fastest 400m man this year, will be lining up in the Decathlon and 4x400m next month in Thailand. Also qualifying to the final was UAAP Silver medalist *Bhardos and ‘Actor’ Jerico Ejercito.
The Final was an easy win for Cid who came off the bend 5 meters ahead and pulled further away from the field. Cid won in 48.8 just outside the games record of Christopher Demata last year. The next couple of runners across the line recorded 50s+
Womens 100m Hurdles
Michelle Loterte narrowly goes in as the favorite for the final. Loterte is only missing this title and the National Senior title from her resume. She was the Milo Little Olympic Champion 2008-2009, Palaro Champion 2010-2011 in this event, UAAP Champion 2012 and National Junior Champion. Her best time of 15.18et was established during the PNG in Dumaguete earlier this year. Loterte finished fourth in this final last year.
Her main opponent will be her team mate Banex2 who is the 2011 UAAP Champion with a personal best of 15.1 hand timed to win that title. This is the best form she has been in a for a while. Also in the final is Lea Casilihan who was the Junior silver medalist at the 2011 PNG in this event. Casilihan tied the time she had ran last Saturday during the weekly relay. Just outside her personal best again of 15.86 where she finished 5th in the UAAP Final. Last years winner Jaycel Casabuenca of Capiz who won the event last year in 15.4 did not compete.
In what could be described as one of the shocking defeats of the games under dog teenager Angela Eunice Balatibat the SCUAA Champion held off the countries best Hurdler Michelle Loterte in a scramble to the finish line ending her winning streak of over a year.
Balatibat seemed to cope better with the wet conditions improving half a second from her personal best to take the title. Loterte edged out hr team mate Viena Mae Banebane for silver and bronze. With the other three runners well out of the race. Everyone seemed to run half a second or more slower except for Balatibat in this race. It seemed as if Michelle who was leading the field by about half a bodies width stumbled on the wet track clearing the seventh hurdle and had to slow down before the eight hurdle to regain her ryhthm which saw Casilihan and Balatibat draw level. Casilihan was taken out of the three way race by the ninth hurdle after hitting it. Balaitbat was able to out sprint Michelle at the end and threw her hands in the air going over the line.
1500M Women Final
UAAP Champion Dalyn Carmen continued her fine form from the Weekly Relays a few days ago to again beat team mate and UAAP Silver Medalist Mary Ann Dela Cruz. This time the girls improved from 4.58 to 4.53 and 4.57 to 4.55. Carmen best time of 4.51.23 was established during the last UAAP. Unheralded Jelyn Duran took the calps of some better established juniors to take Bronze. Barit? (Bakit) the 2011 Palaro Champion and Vanessa De Valle the 2011 Palaro Silver medalist who have both broken 5 mins before in this event both failed to medal.
Mens 1500m Finals
Christopher Ulboc in his debut over 1500m this year ran the second fastest time of 2012 (4:00.9) . Ulboc best time of 3:58.6 was established during the weekly relays last year. ‘Considerable beef’ was added to the four names so far ranked for 2012 with the top three in this race adding themselves to that list.
WOMENS LONG JUMP FINAL
Not very good overall results in the Long Jump. A few years ago Dato-on won this event in 5.81m. Dolloso and Bermudo did much better in the Triple Jump.
MENS LONG JUMP FINAL
Some very impressive results in the Mens Long Jump. 2012 has been a good year now with nine male long jumpers leaping over 7.00m and lifting the standard of this event in the Philippines! wait until the ranking lists come out. Unheralded Mark Fabro was the surprise winner with a leap of 7.06m, coached by former National Decathlete Arnold Villarube. NCAA Bronze medalist Mark Harry Diones improved his best leap from 6.89 to 7.06m for silver. 18 year old Janry Ubas went from 6.85 to 7.01, and Melbert Diones who was fourth was just 3cm off his personal best.
*7.00m is now the new standard to making the Mens Ranking List in 2013.
WOMEN’S TRIPLE JUMP FINAL
Hometown Girl Felyn Dolloso (DLSU) returned home to win the Girls Triple Jump in 12.28m. Felyn who broke the National Junior Record during the 2012 PNG with a 12.55m leap, first came to prominence breaking the Palaro Record in 2010 with a 12.35m leap and also won the 2011 UAAP. She missed the 2012 UAAP due to academic reasons.
Also leaping above 12m was second place Joean Bermudo (FEU) the UAAP Champion this year whose 12.03m leap was just 2cm shy off her career best performance at the UAAP. The entire field was slightly off or a lot of their best performances considering the bad weather conditions where it rained heavily.
MENS TRIPLE JUMP FINAL
Also some great results in the Mens Triple Jump with JRU Brothers Melbert and Mark Diones taking gold and silver. Melbert improving his best from last year of 14.37 to 14.65 and Mark improving his best of 14.49 to 14.56 from last year are both trained by Jojo Posadas. Janry Ubas was third with 14.07. The 18 year old was well off the 14.64 jump he registered at the PNG.
WOMENS SHOTPUT FINAL
Four teenagers threw over 10m. Sombilla, 18 the UAAP Champion won the gold for UST just 9cm off her throw at the UAAP. Palaro Discus Record Holder Maika De Oro,18 of DLSU-Bacolod was secondwith 10.45m just 5cm off her personal best from last year and her first throw over 10m this year. Devy Isada who was second in the Juniors at PNG with 9.61, added more than half a meter to her best throw. Vanessa Baguwet (ADMU) 19, the UAAP Bronze medalist improved her best throw from 9.79 to 10.22m.
MENS SHOTPUT FINAL
Eduard Paul Paler who threw 13.12m last year to win the NCAA title added the Uni Games title to his resume with a seasons best of 12.90m. Palaro Record Holder Richee Cabanyog was well off his personal best by nearly two meters with the senior shot-put with 12.32m.
Womens 4×200 Final.
The irregular relay of 4x200m relay was won by FEU which featured National 400m Hurdles Champion Josie Malacad. UST was second and UP third. The results are snap shotted on an angle so are obscured off the page.
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- Nicolas breaks the JR PV Record (pinoyathletics.com)
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.
Schedule and Registration Information
The PATAFA Wekly Relays will start this Saturday, July 14, and will run through November 25 at the ULTRA (Phil Sports). Complex
Deadline for submission of entries is on September 15, 2012. You can send your entries to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com. (from PATAFA Multiply website)
Please also check our calendar out here
*NB All Performances are hand timed.
Week 1 Report, July 14th
With a lot of National level athletes skipping this meet due to recovery phases from overseas meets and alot of college athletes having academic commitments performances were thin across the events.
Richard Salano of UE clocked a personal best 15.34.7 to take the mens 5k from Rafael Poliquit of FEU. FEU Dalyn Carmen won the 3k womens narrowly from her team mate Mary Ann Dela Cruz both having been active on the road running circuit. While UPHR man Elrick Paines had the fastest 100m time with 11.0, National training pool Josie Malacad after two very good performances in Vietnam last week had a run over the shorter 100m finishing second behind rookie team mate Raiveneth Penarubia.
Week 2 Report, July 21st
(Jul 19) A rain drenched second week of the weekly relay serie at Pasig Ultra, caused several field events to be cancelled and performances to be sub-par. However some of the running events did push through. The best performance came from National Bronze 800m Medalist Jordan Paul Billones (who was using Wenlie Maulas BIB Number) who easily won the 2nd timed race running solo in 50.2 in the pooring rain. (Paul recorded his personal best for 400m of 49.7 during the Hypersports Time Trials last April).
Better Results in Week 3 of Weekly Relays (rev 3)
Article by Pirie Enzo
Mens 800m Feature event PB for Ulboc.
.( Aug 2) The 800m was going to be the feature event of this weekly relays however on July 28 the times were a bit slower than usual. SEA Games Silver Medalist and National Champion Mervin Guarte of SSC (San Sebastian College) won in 1.55.5, ahead of Steeple Chaser Christopher Ulboc FEU 1.55.9 (PB) (Far Eastern University) and National Bronze Medalist Jordan Paul Billones 1.56.3 (Unattached). Absent from the race was National Silver Medalist Wenlie Maulas of UE (University of the East).
Guarte just did enough to win his best time is 1.50.65 from sea games and this year 1.52.19 at the PNG (Philippine National Games) in May. Billones also was behind his best time which was 1.53.78 at the PNG. Guartes training partner Ulboc stepping down to the shorter distance improved his PB which was 1.56.71 back in 2009.
Another member of the national training pool, Josie Malacad of FEU who performed so brilliantly in Vietnam last month (new pb 400 hurdles 1.02.30 and 400m 57.04) also did enough to win the womens 400 Hurdles in a time of 1:06.0 unfortunatley she was disqualified for running out of her lane for side clearing (explained below in comments).
Meanwhile in the Mens Division, Decathlete Jesson Ramil Cid of FEU clocked a modest 54.9 to win his 400 Hurdles clearly. Cid was not far off his season best of 54.79 he set at the UAAP earlier this year, but still quite far off the 53.1 he established at the UAAP last year. (interestingly enough the 400 Hurdles is not part of the ten events which make up the Decathlon).
Cousins cleanup in sprints
FEU women had three collegiate 4×100 relays and took the first three spots. While in the mens FEU newest recruit Isidro Del Prado Jr. aka. Tilo (formally of College of Saint Benilde, and son of Isidro Del Prado 400m record holder) anchored his team to a 42.4 win over JRU 43.3.
In the Mens 200m, Tilo’s cousin Pearnel Lobos of JRU (formally of FEU, the son of 4×4 national record holder Perla Balatucan), had the fastest 200m time with 22.5. Lobos who was one of the favourites at the national games in the junior 100m last may, before pulling his hamstring in the finals. While in womens Heptathlete Mildrid Salut of FEU ran 26.8 in women’s.
National Coach and Masters Athlete Emerson Obiena won the mens pole vault over a bunch of athletes 25 years his junior with a leap of 4.00m. His brother Edward was 5th in 3.60m.
National team member Riezel Buenaventura who is coached by Emerson, was another national athlete who had a comfortable win with a 3.40m leap some 50cm of her personal best. The National Record is held by Filam Deborah Samson who leapt 4.11m back in 2008 at the California regionals. Samson also jumped 4.12m before obtaining a Filipino passport. The impression though left in the juniors was by upcoming junior Natasha (Nash) Marie Nalus whose first pole vault leap in a competition of 2.80m put her at #5 on the junior all-time list. Her training partner Katrina Baron holds the Junior Record at 2.90m from last year.
Palabrica breaks through
FEU Rookie 18-year-old Evalyn Palabrica who won the Palaro Pambansa Javelin representing Western Visaya’s earlier this year (39.61m), got the better of team-mate Jenefer Penepona with a throw of 39.40m. Penepona the UAAP Champion whose best is 41.66m was well off target with a throw of 35.63m.
In Mens Discus National Games Silver medalist Joel Sta. Mina of FEU won with 37.81m (PNG 40.25m).
*The Poll is now closed, the voters have chosen Pole Vaulter Natasha (Nash) Nalus of University of the Philippines as the performance of the weekly relays week. YUN OH!
For Links to Reports on Week 1 and 2 and Registration and Schedule details click here
- Weekly Relays Week 6 Report, Results and Poll (pinoyathletics.com)
- PATAFA Weekly Relays Week 7 Report, Results and Poll (pinoyathletics.com)
By Pirie Enzo, results provided by Patafa Multiply
Salano looking the goods for UAAP
Another Good Performance saw 20-Year-Old Richard Salano (UE) improve once again on taking 4 seconds off his personal best time in the Mens 5k with 15:30.7. Salano who took silver last UAAP behind national training pools Christopher Ulboc (FEU) (15:38.36 to 15:42.63) is currently the front runner for the UAAP 5km title in November, where he will square up against Ulboc again. Salano is currently ranked fourth this year in the Mens 5k behind Olympian Rene Herrera, national team members Buenavista and Sermona. He is ahead timewise of Ulboc who recorded 15.37.79 at the National Games last May. Ulboc is expected to be a dominant force in events from 800 to 10km where has has been recording some good times.
Meanwhile in the womens race, UAAP 5k Bronze medalist Mary Ann Dela Cruz (FEU) was dealt another loss by 16-year old Catherine Bristol from St Francis of Assisi high school in the 3k run.
In the Mens 100m, National Hurdles open and junior record holder Patrick Unso (DLSU) took out heat 1 in 11.0, way back in the 7th heat was National Junior Decathlon record holder Jesson Ramil Cid (FEU) who won in 11.0. Talented Junior Pearnel Lobos (JRU) won the 2nd heat in 11.1.
In the Womens 100m Ruffa Bargola (UP) and Mildrid Salut (FEU) shared the fastest times winning Heat 1 and Heat 3 in 12.9. National Junior 400m Champion Neslee Angco (UE) won the 5th heat in 13.2.
A strong FEU team which featured Isidro Del Prado Jr. and Christopher Ulboc Jr. recorded a time of 3m22.4 to finish more than 6 seconds ahead of the the second place team.
And Here is Week 4′s Poll *NB this poll will continue until the next weekly relay results are released
Links to previous weekly relay reports
Previous Athlete of the Week Winners.
Week 1 Richard Salano (UE) 5K
Week 2 Paul Billones (Unattached) 400m
Week 3 Natasha Nalus (UP) PV
- Weekly Relays Week 6 Report, Results and Poll (pinoyathletics.com)
- PATAFA Weekly Relays Week 7 Report, Results and Poll (pinoyathletics.com)
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Weekly Relays Week 5 Report, Results and Poll (rev 3)
Article by Pirie Enzo
Patrick Unso of DLSU was named the athlete of Week 4 of the Weekly Relays, Unso who holds the National Junior and Senior Records in the 110 Hurdles had the joint fastest 100m time two weeks ago with 11.0s. As of now Pinoyathletics and Run4Change are in discussion about a possible prize for the winners of each week. You can vote for the winner of this week and see previous winners a the bottom of this article.
Week 5 of the Weekly Relays was postponed from last 11th of August to Saturday 18th of August due to flooding in Manila caused the event to postpone.
*Special Note to all participants in the Weekly Relays please ensure you are wearing the correct ‘BIB’ and to register at the PATAFA office as this causes confusion for the encoder of the results, the points system, national coaches and the Statiscians
Jose Unso got the better over his much more prestigious younger brother in the Mens 400m Hurdles. In a hairline finish Jose (55.96) and Patrick (55.97) both timed 56.0 with the win going to Jose. The brothers later returned to win the Mens 4×100 in 42.1 for DLSU well clear of the FEU team 43.3.
In a return to competition Keizel Leano Pedrina running under the name ‘Bernice Chua’ won the womens 400m Hurdles easily in 1:04.8, albeit about a second off her personal best.
JRU Pearnel Lobos was the top man in the 200m with the days best time of 22.3 (pb 22.36 UAAP), 18-year old Lobos who was one of the favourites in the Boys 100m last PNG until pulling him hamstring in the final. Unknown Gabriel Santos? of Letran won heat 1 in 22.4. Palaro 2011 400m Champion Anfrenee Lopena (transferred from University of San Recoletos Cebu to College of Saint Benilde, originally from Bohol) made a return to the track after more than a years absence to win heat 8 in 22.7. UAAP 100m Bronze medalist Jasper (DLSU) Tanhueco won the fourth heat in 22.8.
Some very quick times in the girls 200m with St. Francis of Assisi 16-year old Marilyn Avila (96) winning heat 1 in 26.2, her team-mate another speed teenager Christine Del Rio (96) topped the 5th heat in 26.5. The quickest time in the boys 200m was 23.0, the name is not listed if anyone knows please post in the comments. The girls posted faster times than the winner of the womens Mildrid Salut (FEU) 26.6.
Nothing special in the mens 800m this week with the top three at the nationals Guarte, Maulas, Billones and the inform Ulboc deciding to sit this one out. The times in the event for some reason were a bit slow. The winner was JRU Roldan Verano the 21-year old has a personal best of 1.53.6 (2011 NCAA), however could only manage 1.57.5 for the win in the first heat, Rafael Poliquit (FEU) 1.58.9 probably a personal best time finished behind him. Michael ‘Topix’ Villamor (UPHR) who was fourth at the nationals timed 2.03.7, which was well behind his personal best of 1.55.04 (PNG 2011 Bacolod) and his seasons best 1.56.60 (2nd 2012 NCAA).
In the Mens Pole Vault it seemed everyone wanted to jump 3.80m. 37-year old Antonio Chee and 48-year old National Champion Emerson Obiena emerged joint winners. Then on countback 2010 UAAP Champion Zek Valera, National Junior Record Holder EJ Obiena (returning from broken bone injury), and upcoming Robert Miguel Nasis (UP) all registering 3.80m also.
Luckily for the men Riezel Buenaventura wasnt jumping around her best as it would have meant the indignity of being upstaged by a women. Buenaventura registered 3.60m. But the real excitement came from the second placer Natasha (Nash) Marie Nalus who broke the Philippine Junior Record with a leap of 2.95m read more here. Former record holder and training partner Katrina Baron had a slight improvement with a 2.40m leap.
Also on the improvement trail was FEU Evalyn Palabrica who is looking like the favourite heading towards the UAAP Javelin. The 18-year old who was only throwing 36m at the Palaro in June improved her best again from 39.61 to 41.55. This time increasing the margin of victory over defending UAAP Champion and team-mate Jennfer Penepona 38.55m (pb 41.66m last uaap). The improvement has catapulted Palabrica from 8th to 3rd on the all time junior list. Only Record Holder and former SEA Games Champion Rosie Villarito (44.54) and Palaro Record Holder Stephanie Cimatu (42.34) are ahead now.
Article by Pirie Enzo
Special Thankyou to Coach Roselyn Hamero for providing the results
Natasha Nalus was named the Athlete of the Week in weeks 3 and 5. Nalus set a 2.95m National Junior Record in the Womens Pole Vault in week 5. She gained 23 of the 28 votes.
Weekly Relay BIB Numbers
*Special Note to all participants in the Weekly Relays please ensure you are wearing the correct ‘BIB’ and to register at the PATAFA office as this causes confusion for the encoder of the results, the points system, national coaches and the Statiscians .
Several athletes had complained that BIB Numbers were made of very flimsy paper material which was very easy to rip. Hence they used their team mates BIB Numbers as their original number was originally destroyed.
I recall how when I first competed way back in 2000 at the National Open the BIB’s where made of more durable Cotton. These concerns and suggestions have been passed onto the PATAFA. (please post comments)
(Aug 25) Some very fast times reported by unknowns and super fast times upto #9? possibly relating to Bib Swapping or timing issues? PATAFA encoder and staff is investigating and checking with the time keepers. Seven Days after the said event
For now the results should be considered on hold as the winning time listed as two of the times listed are faster than what Rene Herrera ran during the olympic games.
NAME LAST NAME TEAM SEX AGE CATEGORY RESULT REMARKS
1 2331 RUEN DELA TORRE JOSE RIZAL UNIVERSITY MEN 00 OPEN 14:42.2 .16
2 1772 IMMUEL CAMINO ARELLANO UNIVERSITY MEN 00 OPEN 14:45.0 .00
3 1275 GILBERT LAIDO UNIVERSITY OF THE EAST – MANILA MEN 21 OPEN 14:51.4 .31
4 46 ELBREN NERI UNIVERSITY OF SANTO TOMAS MEN 00 OPEN 15:06.5 .46
5 1805 JOMAR ANGUS FAR EASTERN UNIVERSITY MEN 00 OPEN 15:09.3 .26
6 1632 JOE MARIE JOVELO UNIVERSITY OF PERPETUAL HELP RIZAL MEN 00 OPEN 15:18.7 .65
7 1620 JOHN ACANTO UNIVERSITY OF PERPETUAL HELP RIZAL MEN 00 OPEN 15:18.9 .83
8 1703 ROWEL GALVERO LYCEUM OF THE PHILIPPINES UNIVERSI MEN 17 OPEN 15:26.6 .54
9 1624 NICKO CORTEZ UNIVERSITY OF PERPETUAL HELP RIZAL MEN 00 OPEN 15:31.0 .08
An incredibly fast set of results, which is currently being amended by PATAFA. For the record I did not notice most of these names as none of them are ranked faster than 15m45 this year.
2011 Palaro 400m Champion Anfernee Lopena (running as Jason Benitez BIB) of CSB had the fastest time taking out the first heat in a new best time of 10.9. Lopena originally from Bohol but who transferred from Cebu smashed his previous best time of 11.50. National Hurdles Record Holder Patrick Unso (DLSU) also clocked the same time but a bit later on winning heat 11.
In the first heat Jenny Rose Rosales (UE) got the better again of Palaro Champion Maureen Emily Schrivjers (DLSU) 12.5s to 12.6s, it was a repeat of the placings at the National Games in May. Rosales will attempt to defend her UAAP title she won earlier this year in November.
Michelle Loterte (UST) the National Junior Hurdle Champion was a distant third in 13.0. FEU’s UAAP Heptathlon Champion Mildred Salut won the third heat in 13.0, and her team mate National 400 Hurdles Champion Josie Malacad won heat 5 in 13.0. National Junior 400m Champion Neslee Angco won heat 2 in 13.2.
Christine Del Rio of Assisi was the fastest high school girl with a PB of 13.0.
This week 16-year old Catherine Bristol ‘conceded’ a loss to Carmen Dalyn in the Womens 3k. Dalyn of FEU who was the UAAP Champion in several distance events last year winning easily in 11:20.8.
The Amendments that need to be made to the Week 6 results are as follows.
- The Mens 5k obviously had some sort of time keeping issue, whether it was a lap short
- Anthony Lopena (CSB) used ‘Jason Benitez’ BIB in the Mens 100m.
- Felyn Dolloso (DLSU) used ‘Gerald Layumas’ BIB in the Womens Long Jump
- The Boys high school results are jumbled with the girls high school results in the 100m
If anyone has any other concerns with the results (please post in the comments here so these can be forwarded onto PATAFA
Article by Pirie Enzo
Special Thankyou to Coach Roselyn Hamero for providing the results
Report(/September 1) Weekly Relays Week 7.
Announcement for General Public: Please Note due to the Pasig Oval being used for the Milo Little Olympics on September the 8th. That there will be no Weekly Relays for that week. The Weekly Relays will resume on September 15.
.Corrections and Amendments
Due to several time keeping/encoding issues. Week 6 report of the weekly relay is still not yet finalized. The four errors I had isolated had been fixed. However their are additional errors reported to the general public I was not able to pick up. I have attached a copy of Week 6 weekly relays however it should be noted that the encoder and PATAFA is still fixing these results and they are not yet fully finalized. Therefore I cannot add them to the combined week 1-5 super result list. Week 7 results have been attached here.
The Mystery of the Men’s 5K was that due to a lap judging error it was only 4600m.
In regards to the flimsy paper BIB Numbers. Question has been reassigned to PATAFA.
As the report and results for Week 6 were delayed due to errors. Voting on Week 6 for the Athlete of the week is still ongoing and will be closed on Friday. You can still vote for Week 6 athlete of the week here.
Lasangue leads the High Jump
Manuel Lasangue who has already surpassed the SEA Games bronze standard in the High Jump when he leapt 2.10m (last sea games 2.07m). And then the following month 2.09m at Hong Kong. Continued an impressive season by easily taking out the Men’s High Jump. Lasangue who was scheduled to go to Singapore Nationals was unable to attend.
However the multi talented jumper 18-year old Janry Ubas (FEU) was pulled through to a personal best of 1.95m #5 on the all-time list.
All about the Hurdles
Unso also took the first heat of the Mens 110 Hurdles in 14.8. The second heat was won by his brother 2011 UAAP Champion Jose in 15.1. However Emmanuel Delos Angeles?? (using Gerald Morales bib number) also registered the same time. The three athletes will go head to head at the UAAP in November.
National Junior Champion, Michelle Loterte (UST) had a convincing win in the Womens 100m Hurdles (15.5). The 19 year old who clocked a personal best of 15.18et at the National Games is well on her way to defending her UAAP Title. Mildrid Salut (FEU) was well beaten with (16.2), Salut clocked a personal best of 15.59et to get Silver at the UAAP last year. Leah Casilihan(DLSU) who is being mentored by National Record Holder Sheena Atilano was third fastest (17.3), Casilihan was the Junior Silver Medalist at the PNG in 2011. Loterte also won the Triple Jump.
Upcoming Jaime Mejia, 15 of (UP High School) won the High School Boys 110m Hurdles in 15.7. He beat Nestly Tercero (St. Francis/SF) who was a close second with 15.8. 14 year old Rocena Chua (St. Michaels) fastest High School Girls 16.9.
Catherine Bristol of St Francis of Assisi (SF) with the Collegiate athletes out won the girls 3k in 11:27.3. Bristol also had a busy day winning the 1500m in 5:16.9.??
After his win last week in the 800m. Roldan Verano (JRU) was back to win the 1500m in 4.03.8. Verano’s time was a little faster than the 4.03.97 he registered earlier in the year when he won Silver behind Mervin Guarte (SSC). However it was still behind his personal best of 4.01.3 at NCAA the year before.
Palaro 100 and 200m Champion Maureen Schrivjers (DLSU) who is preparing for her first year in the UAAP clocked 1:01.0 to win heat 1 of the womens 400m. National Junior Champion Neslee Angco (UE) won her heat in 1:01.6 (best time is 59.4 where she also won the Palaro).
Former national training pool athlete Abraham Alzona (UE) held off actor Jericho Ejercito (DLSU) 50.6 to 50.8 in the Mens 400m.
Week 8: Salano and Poliquit run 5k PBs
.Again a thankyou to Coach Roselyn Hamero (PATAFA) for supplying these results. Apologies for the delays but PATAFA has been very busy with other matters right now.
Might I add first that these results had some errors which have been more thoroughly checked by the PATAFA encoder so that is also much appreciated.
Week 7′s Athlete of the Week again was a joint decision with two junior members of the Hypersports 4×100 Relay sharing the honors with 5 votes each. Maureen Emily Schrivjers the Palaro 100/200m/High Jump Champion and Michelle Loterte the UAAP and National Junior 100m Hurdles Champion.
In regards to the flimsy paper BIB Numbers. Question has been reassigned to PATAFA.
Report :Salano and Poliquit show good Form for UAAP
Richard Salano (UE) again proved he is the man to beat at the UAAP registering for the fourth time in a row over 5km another personal best of 15:30.4. Salano who have smashed his personal best which was 15:42 at the beginning of the year is looking likely to take the Mens 5K title at the UAAP. As the countries fourth fastest man over 5k this year he is behind three great veterans Herrera, Buenavista and Sermona.
Not to be outdone was Rafael Poliquit (FEU) who took a considerable chunk off his last performance at Weekly Relays in July of 15:47.3 lowering that to 15:31.0. Poliquit who hails from Davao City improved his personal best last year of 15:35.4. It will be an interesting 5k with defending champion Ulboc last performance being 15:37.79 at the PNG where he beat Salano and Poliquit.
Third place went to Roldan Verano (JRU) in 15:45.5 who had been running some very good performances recently in middle distances.
Meanwhile Week 6 joint-top athlete Carmen Dalyn (FEU) gained another win in the Womens 3k.
Surprisingly the fastest time of the day went to undercard Heptathlete Mildrid Salut of FEU who won the first heat with a time of 12.7s. The 23 year-old who hails from Montalban, Rizal ran her personal best of 12.68et at the UAAP in the heats failed to place in the finals. Salut also capped off a good day by winning the Womens Long Jump in 5.13m.
Both Week 7 ‘Athletes of the week’ featured in the second heat with Maureen Emily Schrivjers winning in 12.8s over Michelle Loterte 13.0s.
NCAA Champion Daniel Noval (CSB) was the fastest man on the track winning the second heat of 100m in 10.8s. Daniel who hails from Cebu came .02 seconds off the Junior Record (10.82) of his mentor National Record Holder Ralph Waldy Soguilon at the last NCAA. The last chance perhaps for that feat will be at the Thailand Nationals Nov 2-5. Meanwhile his team-mate and fellow Cebuano Week 6s Joint-top athlete Anfernee ‘Pene’ Lopena (CSB) won the first heat in 11.0 equalling the effort he had made the previous week.
JRU won the Mens 4×400 relay in 3:22.0
Highschooler Eric Dela Cruz had a very impressive 37.06m in the Boys Discus. Riza Sombilla (UP) though slightly off her best throw won the womens shotput easy in 10.37m.
Joeann Bermudo (FEU) had a win on countback over Schrivjers (DLSU) with both registering 1.55m, with the absence of National Junior Record Holder (1.66m) Aprilen Laudencia of (FEU). It will be an exciting lineup with the three favourites going head to head at the UAAP in December.
Week 9 Report Weekly Relays (Have a Vote!)
Again a thankyou to Coach Roselyn Hamero (PATAFA) for supplying these results. And I am surprised and impressed at the speed of the availability.
When the dust settled the people of Philippine Athletics have decided that Week 8s athlete of the week is none other than Daniel Noval. Noval is the NCAA Champion and Record Holder in the 100m 2011 and 2012, and before that the boy from Mandaue, Cebu was the Palaro Champion 2009 and 2010 and is the joint Palaro Record Holder in the 100 and 200m Dash. Noval best time of 10.84 is just .02 shy of the JR Record held by his mentor and National Record Holder Ralph Soguilon. Daniel Noval opened up his weekly relay serie with a time of 10.8 (hand) last weekend.
Performances where much slower than last week with very wet and windy conditions which caused alot of athletes not too turn up. UAAP Champion Michelle Loterete (UST) won the 100 Hurdles (15.9) from last years UAAP Runnerup Mildrid Salut (FEU) 16.2. With Leah Casilihan of DLSU third in 16.4.
After months of injury Robert Francisco formally of Mapua now at CSB made a return with the fastest Hurdles time of 15.6. Likewise the womens 1500 Mary Ann Dela Cruz (5:06) (FEU) and Roldan Verano (4:08) where not impressive due to the weather.
PNG Champion Keizel Pedrina (UST) in what was pritty much a solo effort won the Womens 400m in 58.4 well clear from the PNG Junior and Palaro Champion Neslee Angco (UE). The three Filipina quarter milers in the last few weeks Olarita (58.3 at Cesafi) and Malacad (58.4 at Rizal).
However in the Mens 400m Isidro Del Prado (FEU) the Silver Medalist at the PNG in this event was almost caught on the line by DLSU Team Captain Jericho Ejercito with both runners registering 50.8s. 2010 National Junior Silver Medalist Pearnel Lobos (JRU) was third with 2011 Palaro Champion Anfernee Lopena (CSB) who led most of the way fading to fourth.
Week 10 Report
Week 10 Weekly relay results are finally here however i need to note quite a few amendments/auditing needs to be made. But again thanks once again to Roselyn Hamero and the PATAFA encoder.
Week 9′s athlete of the week was Actor Jericho Ejercito. The hard working team captain of the DLSU came very close to almost holding off fast finishing National Silver Medalist Isidro Del Prado Jr. (the son of the legend and 400m Record Holder Isidro Del Prado). Ejercito is also the third son of a legend, his father is former actor and governor of Laguna E.R. Ejercito. In Week 9 Ico as he is better known was nominated overwhelmingly for his efforts with 84.6% of the votes.
Report: Unso Strikes Twice
For a long time in his younger brothers shadow. Jose Unso of DLSU set a personal best of 53.6 in the 400m Hurdles to break his long standing personal best of 54.0 (set way back in 2009). The oldest son of national record holder Renato Unso. He is also the training partner of Ico Ejercito. Unso won the first heat beating NCAA Champion Philip Silloco (UPHR) (56.2) easily, with rookie Glen Morales (UST) (56.2) third
2010 NCAA Bronze medalist Domingo Cabradilla the winner of heat 4 in (55.7) with Ramil Toledo (FEU) taking out heat 2 in (56.2).
Unso came back to win the 200m dash in 22 flat to win the first heat, Palaro 2011 400m Champion Anfernee Lopena of CSB was second in 22.3, with Ico Ejerctio third in 22.3. 2011 PRISAA 100m Champion Peter Pol Padal of JRU won the sixth heat in 22.3.
The shock surprise was UAAP Heptathlete Mildrid Salut (FEU) who ran well below her personal best to easily beat Palaro Champion Maureen Schrivjers (DLSU) 25.7 to 26.5 in the womens 200m. National Junior Silver medalist Neslee Angco (UE) was third in 26.6. On paper the race favorites for the 200m at the UAAP where Jenny Rosales (UE), Hanelyn Loquinto (FEU) and Schrivjers (DLSU) but now Mildrid looks like she is vying for a podium finish in that event.
Obiena bounces back
A sensational return to form with National Junior Record Holder EJ Obiena of ADMU returning from injury to take the mens pole vault on countback. Palaro Record Holder Adel Valdecenas was second. Both registering 4.20m. 2010 UAAP Champion Zek Valera was third. National Champion Riezel Buenaventura (PPVC) won the womens Pole Vault in 3.40m ahead of Katrina Baron (UP) who returning from injury leapt a seasons best of 2.80m.
Raniel Francisco won the mens discus with a good performance of 39.26m, ahead of 2011 Palaro Discus and Shotput Champion Efraem Gesulgon of CSB.
Fantastic Discus Throwing
Ira Mae Hernandez of UP had a massive improvement adding several meters onto her personal best, her throw of 36.88m was #9 of all time for Filipino Womens. (Not sure what the current UAAP Record is in Discus probably belongs to Roselyn Hamero).
The Mens 800 is credited to Edward Sier Lao who was really Wenlie Maulas of UE in disguise with a time of 1:56.4s. Roldan Verano of JRU who won the 1500 the last few weekly relays settled for second in 1:57.0 (still over 4 seconds away from his best time). 18 year-old Jomar Angus of FEU was third in 1:57.7 and Week 9s winner Ico Ejercito was fourth in 1:58.4.
UAAP 1500m Champion Dalyn Carmen (FEU) won the 800m womens in a slow 2:25.5 from 2011 Palaro Silver Medalist in 1500m Vanessa De Valle (UP).
With the absence of National Champion Josie Malacad of FEU, her younger team mate Raiveneth Penarubia won the womens 400 Hurdles in 1:07.1.
FEU Women improved there relay time during the Weekly relays serie to 50.1.
15 year old Jaime Mejia (UP) had a good time for his age of 23.0 to win the boys 200m.
Evalyn Palabrica won the Javelin (37.10).
(more to come quite late getting some sleep)
(please note any votes towards Hanelyn Loquinto on this Poll will be credited to Mildrid Salut)
(please note some of the results still need to be audited for incorrect names).
Week 11 Weekly Relays Report and Poll
Due to the lateness of Week 10s results, and the promptness of Week 11 results. The poll is over in four days. The people have decided by a mere 1 vote, 9 votes to 8 that 15 year old potential Jaime Mejia with a time of 23.0 in the 200m high school boys is the athlete of the week over Jose Unso two wins last week. Mejia is the first high school athlete to win the coveted athlete of the week award for brilliant performance during the Weekly Relays serie.
Report – Salano Improves Again
Richard Salano again continued to improve his 5k winning time at the UAAP. Salano who has had 5 straight wins at the Weekly Relays has lowered his best time on every occasion. Again reducing it to 15:29.6, from 15:30.4 last time. At the beginning of the year Salano best time was 15:44.3 . The UE sprinter will be up against defending champion Ulboc (FEU) at the UAAP in December.
His team mate Gilbert Laido of UE put himself on the ranking list with a new best time of 15:45.3 to place second.
Century Dash the Rise of Mildrid
UAAP Heptathlon Champion Mildrid Salut of FEU again showed a dominating display after securing a personal best last week in the 200m winning the womens 100m in 12.4s. Mildrid who finished out of the medals in both sprints last year. The Muscular athlete from FEU who is better known as a hurdler is a certain chance at a podium finish this UAAP in both sprints. Salut also won the Long Jump in 5.23m. Albeit her best leap is 5.51m.
In the Mens Sprints Cebu and CSB Team mates Daniel Noval (10.8) and Anfernee Lopena (10.8) won heats one and two. Anfernee time was another personal best. 2011 PRISAA Champion Peter Pol Padal (JRU) showed a return to form finishing second to Lopena in 10.9. While NCR Palaro Champion Rodquem Maullom (ARE) took out heat four in 11.0.
14 year old NCR Batang Pinoy Champion Celestina De Castro (SFACs) beat her team mate Christine Del Rio in the girls 100m with both girls clocking 13.3. 16 year old Jhun Magtibay ruled the boys 100m in 11.2s.
Julian Reem Fuentes (CSB) won the long jump in 6.90m, albeit far from the 7.26m Palaro record he set in Lingayen in April.
Schedule B Semi-Finalist for Weekly Relays
Provided by Coach Roselyn Hamero
*Neslee Angco of UE who improved her 400m time to 59.3 was named athlete of the week with 6 votes for Week 12
Week 12 Weekly Relays Report and Poll
(Oct 23) Daniel Noval has again been voted by the athletic community as the ‘Athlete of the Week’ for the second time he also won Week 8. Noval is the second double weekly winner with Nash Nalus who won week 3 and 5. The 19 year old sprinter will be in action at the Uni Games in Bacolod over the next few days, and will try and break the Junior Record of Ralph Soguilon at the Thai Open in early November.
Report – Athletes of Jojo and Elma Shine
Showing the brilliance in the coaching ability of husband and wife team Jojo Posadas and Elma Muros, 18-year old Neslee Angco of Bohol running for UE was the fastest over the women’s 400m improving her best time to 59.3. Angco who was part of the Hypersports team at the PNG won the National Junior 400m and 4x100m titles. Her previous best of 59.4 earned her the Palaro Title. Perhaps a name that may carry on the 400m legacy in future years.
Another talented junior coached by Posadas & Muros, Pearnel Lobos was second fastest over 400m in 50.4. Lobos is the cousin of Del Prado and the son of Perla Balatucan and Arnel Lobos. Two former members of the national team in sprints and hurdles. Lobos last major title was a silver in the 400m at the 2010 National Open as a 16 year old then running for UE he is now at JRU. Good performances in this event with previous athlete of the week Captain/Actor Jericho Ejercito (DLSU), former 100m PRISAA Champion Peter Padal (JRU) and jumper Mark Harry Diones (JRU) also dipping under 51 seconds.
A Four way Dance in the Womens Triple Jump
In the Womens Triple Jump it was a close four way fight with emerging Heptathlete Mildrid Salut (FEU) improving her personal best to 11.58m and taking the win. Salut who only finished fifth at the last UAAP had recorded 11.35m at that time. Salut win came at the expense of two former UAAP Champions, 2011 UAAP Champion Felyn Dolloso was only able to manage 11.56m,(Dolloso is the National Junior Record Holder with a best of 12.55m). Salut’s team mates Avegail Dizon was third with 11.53m and Joeann Bermudo the reigning UAAP Champion was only fourth with 11.49m (well off her personal best of 12.00m). It will be a very exciting UAAP amongst these four.
Leah Casilihan of DLSU was the quickest over the hurdles who is being mentored by National Record Holder Sheena ‘Shyal’ Atilano. With the absence of National Junior Champion and reigning UAAP Gold medalist Michelle Loterte of UST. Casilihan just held off Mildrid Salut who won the silver medal at the last UAAP in this event. Both athletes recording the same time at 15.8 (hand timed). Casilihan last major medal was when she finished with the silver in the junior division at the PNG in 2011.
Ira Mae Hernandez of UE set a big personal best this time in the Hammer in 31.12m. Staking a good claim on the UAAP title next month. Lei Ann Tan (FEU) was second in 28.37 and third was Loraine Claver of UP.
UAAP Champion Dalyn Carmen (FEU) won the 1500m in 4:57.6, from her team mate and UAAP Silver Medalist Mary Ann Dela Cruz 4:58.7. Showing steady improvement the pair recorded 4:51 and 4:52 at the last UAAP earlier in the year. In the Mens Division Roldan Verano of JRU improved his seasons best from the last weekly relays from 4:03.8 to 4:02.8 . Verano who plays second fiddle to Guarte during the NCAA best time is 4:01.3 established last year.
SEA Games qualifier Manuel Lasangue continued is 2.00m+ consitency with a win over NCAA Champion Patrick Faderago 1.95m.
2011 Palaro Multiple throws Champion Efraem Gesulgon now competing for CSB made a return after a long absence from competition to win the Mens Javelin in 56.26m.
PATAFA Weekly Relay Week 13 Semi-Finals A (Nov 3)
As it has taken over 3 weeks for these results to arrive due to various corrections being made by the encoding team. I will have voting for athlete of the week running on all three reviews for the first time at the same time. The Final will be held this Saturday. So we will cover the Semi Final A-B-C today, tomorrow and Saturday.
Firstly Congratulations to Week 12 Athlete of the Week Neslee Angco of UE who is coached by Elma Muros/Jojo Posadas and ran a personal best of 59.3. Angco is the Palaro and National Junior Champion in the 400m.
Alot of results were sub par during the first week.
Slow Sprint Times
Christine Del Rio (SFAC) the winner of the Milo Little Olympics 100m, was the fastest qualifier in the high school girls albeit her time (13.2) was nearly half a second slower than her last race. Mildrid Salut (FEU) did what she needed to do taking out the 100m women’s in a slow 12.8, Salut also won the long jump with 5.16m. While Gab Soriano (UP) the younger brother of 2011-2012 UAAP Champion Carlo took out the 100m in 11.3.
Lei Ann Tan (FEU) improved her silver medal performance of 10.40m last UAAP, to record a new personal best of 10.66m. Her team mate Jennefer Penepona better known as Javelin Thrower improved her seasons best from 9.66 to 10.23m. While High Jump Junior Record Holder Evalyn Palabrica registered 9.64m for third.
Joe Ann Bermudo (FEU) was 5cm off her best but won the High Jump in 1.55m.
PATAFA Weekly Relay Week 14 Semi-Final B (Nov 10)
As it has taken over three weeks for these results to arrive due to various corrections being made by the encoding team. I will have voting for athlete of the week running on all three reviews for the first time at the same time. The Final will be held this Saturday. So we will cover the Semi Final A-B-C today, tomorrow and Saturday.
DLSU Athletes take Hurdles and Dominant in 400m
Uni Games Bronze Medalist Leah Casilihan (DLSU) who is mentored by National Record Holder Sheena Atilano, for the third time ran 15.8 in the womens 100 Hurdles (her electronic pb is 15.86) beating UAAP Silver Medalist Mildrid Salut (FEU) 15.9. Casilihan’s team mate Jose Unso set a seasons best of 15.0 to win the mens 110 Hurdles.
Unso also won the 400m in a big PB of 49.3, well ahead of his team mate Jericho Ejercito 50.3 and 2011 Palaro 400m Champion Anfernee Lopena (CSB) 50.5.
Palaro and Uni Games 100m Champion, Maureen Schrivjers (DLSU) clocked a personal best of 58.8 trying out the longer distance. The 17 year old held off FEU Rieveneth Penarubia (59.6) and Palaro and National Junior 400m Champion Neslee Angco (UE).
Stuff up in the Girls 1500m
Reminiscent of 4600m being run in the Boys 5k at an earlier weekly relay event. Their was a stuff up in the girls 1500m, with only 1100m being ran and Catherine Bristol (SFAC) winning in 3:56.3.
It was a reverse order for FEU team mates Mary Ann Dela Cruz UAAP Silver medalist and Carmen Dalyn UAAP Gold medalist in the womens 1500m with Dela Cruz winning in 4:56.0, Carmen was second with 4:56.5.
It was also a reverse order for JRU Team mates Ruen Dela Torre and Rudyfer Hernandez were first and second 4:03.8 to 4:04.6. Hernandez won silver and Torre bronze at this event at the Uni Games.
PATAFA Weekly Relay Week 15 Semi-Final C (Nov 17) : Obiena Breaks National Junior Outdoor Record
As it has taken over three weeks for these results to arrive due to various corrections being made by the encoding team. I will have voting for athlete of the week running on all three reviews for the first time at the same time. The Final will be held this Saturday. So we will cover the Semi Final A-B-C today, tomorrow and Sunday.
Obiena Breaks National Junior Outdoor Record
17 year old EJ Obiena (ADMU) returned to his pre-injury form to dominate the mens Pole Vault with a 4.40m leap. This mark shattered the 4.31m mark he leapt at the Filipino Chinese Meet in February and hence is a new Junior National Record. EJ is the son of Veteran Pole Vault coach and National Champion Emerson Obiena.
It was a good competition with 3 other Vaulters going over 4 meters. Adel Valdecenas (DLSU) the Palaro Record Holder leapt 4.20m, Joram Ng (CSB) joined the 4.00m club for the first time, and the master himself Emerson Obiena also registered 4.00m.
While the senior women vaulters had fluctuating performances it was EJ’s sibbling young Emily Obiena whose leap of 2.80m catapulted her to 8th on the Junior All Time list.
Strong Field in Womens 200m
Jenny Rose Rosales (UE) showed she was serious about defending her UAAP 200m title, by winning the 200m in 25.2. The National Junior Champion who will be celebrating her 18th Birthday soon is also the Palaro Record Holder in the 400m Dash. Rosales who clocked goes in as the odds on favorite at the UAAP next week where she timed 25.33 (et). Rosales who is coached by Elma Muros and Jojo Posadas is one of the upcoming sprinters in Philippines Track and Field today.
Second was Mildrid Salut (FEU) the UAAP Heptathlon Champion, who has shown she is in very good shape to challenge for a medal in both the womens 100 and 200. Salut was pulled through by Rosales in a new personal best of 25.6.
National Junior 400m Champion Neslee Angco (UE), Rosales training partner was third in 26.3, just .1 off her personal best. Followed by Hurdler Rieveneth Penarubia (FEU) . The up and down performances of another promising junior Palaro 200m Champion Maureen Schrijvers (DLSU) continued when she faded to fifth place in 26.7.
Milo National Little Olympics Champion Christine Del Rio of SFACs, 16 took the girls 200m in a slow 27.0 from her team mates Ruby Ann Garcia and Marilyn Avila.
Unso’s fine form continues
Jose Unso (DLSU) the 2011 UAAP Hurdles Champion continued his fine form tying his seasons best in the 200m 22.0. He held off 2010 National Junior Silver 200m medalist Pearnel Lobos (JRU) 22.5, and NCAA 400m Hurdle Champion Philip Silloco (UPHD) 22.5. National Junior 100m Record Holder Daniel Noval (CSB) coasted in his heat 22.6 before taking a well earn t rest for a long season in preparation towards the NCAA next year.
Good improvements in Discus
Womens Discus which is considered pritty much a dead event in Phi T&F due to no participation in the SEA Games saw some glimmer of hope. Twinkle Masilang of DLSU won the womens discus in 35.49m, this inserted the 19 year old to #6 on the junior all time lists. She improved nearly 1m on her winning throw at the the UAAP. Sarah Sungca (FEU) improved nearly a meter aswell with 33.55m and javelin thrower Evalyn Palabrica was third with 32.46m.
Palabrica also showed a return to form in the Javelin with 40.02m, and is looking the favorite against her FEU team mate the defending champion Jennefer Penepona.
Strong Showing by FEU
Daisrey Juanillo? won the 400 Hurdles in 1:05.8 from her FEU team mates Rieveneth Penarubia 1:06.5 and Jee-Ann Racoma 1:06.7. The FEU quartet also registered there best time since the last UAAP by clocking 49.3 to take the womens 4×100 from rivals UE 50.5. While in Mens JRU took advantage to win in 43.5.
The 800m mens was won by newcomer Joe Marie Jovelo from University of Perpetual Dalta who held off DLSU Captain Jericho Ejercito.15 year old Johnrey Moreno of Emilio Aguinaldo was well clear in the boys division winning by nearly six seconds. John Albert Mantua (JRU) won the Mens Discus narrowly with 37.16 from Eduard Paler 37.04
Athletes of the Week Updates Week 13-15
On a rain drenched Saturday. Gabriel Soriano won the 100 meter dash, the conditions reducing his time to 11.3 seconds. The UP Student is the younger brother of 2010-11 UAAP 100m Champion Carlo Soriano. Soriano who finished fifth at the University Games Final in Bacolod last month, Gab is hoping to make the final after failing to do so last UAAP. Gab took an impressive 79% of all votes.
Jose Unso , took the Week 14 award slightly ahead of his two DLSU team mates Maureen Emily Schrijvers (joint week 7), and upcoming hurdler Leah Casilihan. Unso the less famous of the two Unso brothers has shown rapid improvement with a 49.3 personal best 400m, 53.6 personal best 400m hurdles and seasons best 15.0 in 110 Hurdles and 22.0 in 200m.
EJ Obiena was the outright favorite for the Week 15 athlete of the week and also the first to secure 100% or all the votes. The 17 year old again broke the Filipino Junior Record with his 4.40m leap in week 15.
The Weekly Relay Finals Nov 24-25 served as a prelude to the UAAP with many emerging juniors making stand out performances.
Obiena does it again
EJ Obiena’s comeback from injury continues as he broke his one week old National Junior Record by registering 4.45m. Obiena who is still ranked 10th on the Mens All-time list but edging closer to the ninth spot which is held by Fil-Heritage Athlete Utzurun (4.50m) will be targetting the UAAP record next week of Jerome Margallo which is 4.30m set in 2006. It was a good day for the Obiena family as Emerson Obiena finished second behind his son with 4.20m and EJ’s younger sister Emily Obiena recorded 2.80m equalling her best to win the girls division.
5 men in total cleared 4.00m during the finals with Zek Valera leap of 4.00m bringing the total number of Filipino men in 2012 over 4.00m to ten.
Palabrica edges in on National Junior Record
Palaro Champion Evalyn Palabrica of FEU edged in on the 14 year old National Junior Record of Rosie Villarito (44.54m). Palabrica who is coached by Roselyn Hamero, 18 threw the Javelin 44.30m the second best throw by a Filipina Junior of all time. Palabrica now sets her sites also on breaking the National Junior Record at the UAAP.
Salut and FEU looking the goods for UAAP
Mildrid Salut (FEU) the UAAP Silver medalist took the Serie title in the absence of UAAP Champion Michelle Loterte (UST). Salut improved her time to 15.4 in the finals. She narrowly held off the fast finishing 19 year old Leah Casilihan (DLSU) the Uni Games Bronze medalist who also recorded a personal best of 15.4 after having ran 15.8 3 times this season. FEU’s 16 year old rookie Rieveneth Penarubia was third in a personal best also of 15.7.
The muscle bound Salut who is the UAAP Heptathlon Champion also won the Womens 100m in 12.5s, beating Palaro Champion Maureen Schrijvers (DLSU) (13.2) by 5 meters.
Rieveneth went onto win the 400m in a big personal best of 58.4 (ranked junior all time lists). Which puts her in a top 3 contention at the UAAP behind Josie Malacad and Jenny Rosales.
Penarubia and Salut went on to help the FEU team win the 4×100 relay in 49.7
Lopena 100 & 400m double
Uni Games Silver Medalist 18-year old Anfernee Lopena (CSB) won the 100m in 10.9s as his much more illustrious team mate Daniel Noval is resting after the Thai Open. Jose Unso (DLSU) was second in 11.0, and NCR Boys Champion Rodquem Maullom was third in 11.1. Lopena also lowered his personal best to win the 400m in 49.8s. Unso later went onto win the 110 Hurdles easily in 15.1.
In the absence of the three top contenders at the UAAP in the 5k Poliquit and Ulboc of FEU and Salano of UST possibly due to road races or resting. Ruen Dela Torre of JRU won in 15:44.2.
UAAP Champion Twinkle Masilang (DLSU) was impressive as well improving her discus throw to 37.11m in the space of a week from 35.49m. She was well clear of FEU rookie Sarah Sunga who also improved her personal best from 33.55 to 33.98 from last week. Palabrica was third in 33.15.
2011 Palaro Champion Ralph Gesulgon (CSB) improved his seasons best to 57.53m to win the Mens Javelin.
Weekly Relays Finals Day 2
Jennyrose Rosales of UE won the Womens 200m Dash her time was 24.6s which is edging closer on the season lead held by Fil-Heritage athlete Kyla Richardson. In this event. For the full article on womens 200m (click here). Rosales also helped her team win a solo ran 4x400m.
The Boys 200m also yielded some fast results with two 15 year olds breaking 23 seconds, Jomar Utodhan (SSC) 22.8 and Nestly Tercero (SFAC) 22.9.
In the 400m Hurdles Jee Ann Racoma ran a personal best 1:06.6 to beat her well performed team mate Daisrey Juanillo of FEU. Jose Unso jogged the 400 Hurdles in 56.0, although its 2.4 seconds off his recently established personal best he did enough to hold off the fast finishing Larick Paines (UPHD) 56.1. Paines also went onto win the 200m with the absence of the fastest 200m runners of the serie in 22.3.
SEA Games qualifier Manuel Lasangue continued his good form with a 2.00m win over NCAA Champion Patrick Faderago.
In the Womens High Jump Joeann Bermudo (FEU) established herself as a force to be reckoned with when she leapt 1.65m, easily beating Palaro and National Maureen Schrijvers 1.55m, and UAAP Champion Aprilen Laudencia 1.50m. Bermudo also scored a win in the Womens Triple Jump with an 11.80m, looking to defend her UAAP title. Meanwhile in Mens Triple Jump Melbert Diones scored an easy 14.30m victory.
Palaro Champion Richie Cabanyog of DLSU won the shotput in 12.63m although throwing senior 7.26kg weighted implement. It was a big difference to the 14.15m he registered with the lighter 6kg shot. Meanwhile in Triple Jump Melbert Diones scored an easy 14.30m victory.
Athletes of the Weekly Relays Poll
Jaime Mejia and Jenny Rosales have been voted Athlete of the Weekly Relays. 15 year old Mejia from UP who was the Milo Little Olympic Final Champion in 100,200,400, 100 Hurd and 400 Hurdles. Mejia who has a best time of 15.25 in the 110 Hurdles was ranked seventh on the mens lists.
Jenny Rosales of UE who had a thrilling win in the 200m with a 24.6 clocking, went onto defend her titles again at the UAAP and set three UAAP Records with 100m 12.22, 200m 24.73 and 400m 56.03.
The Weekly Relays Final Day 1 (Athlete) was Anfernee Lopena with 41% of the vote, Lopena who was joint athlete of the Week in week 6, won the 100m and 400m at the Weekly Relays Finals in 10.9 and 49.8 (PB). While EJ Obiena (ADMU) was second with 18% of the vote, the Week 15 athlete of the week has raised his National Junior record from 4.31m to 4.45m this year in the Pole Vault. His younger sister Emily Obiena who improved her best vault to 2.80m to rank #9 on the junior all time list also had 18% votes for third spot.
The Weekly Relays Final Day 2 (Athlete) was Jenny Rose Rosales (UE) with 50% of the vote, Rosales clocked a new personal best of 24.6 in the 200m. Joeann Bermudo of FEU who improved her high jump to 1.65m was second with 38% of the vote.
Weekly Relay Athlete of the Week
Week 1 Richard Salano (UE)
Week 2 Jordan Paul Billones (UST)
Week 3 & 5 Natasha Nalus (UP)
Week 4 Patrick Unso (DLSU)
Week 6 Anfernee Lopena (CSB) and Carmen Dalyn (FEU)
Week 7 Maureen Emily Schrivjers (DLSU) and Michelle Loterte (UST)
Week 8 & 11 Daniel Noval (CSB)
Week 9 Jericho Ejercito (DLSU)
Week 10 Jamie Mejia (UPHS)
Week 12 Neslee Angco (UE)
Week 13 Gab Soriano (UP)
Week 14 Jose Unso (DLSU)
Week 15 EJ Obiena (ADMU)
Week 16 Day 1 Anfernee Lopena (CSB)
Week 16 Day 2 Jennyrose Rosales (UE)
Overall: Mens Jaime Mejia (UP)
Overall Womens Jenny Rose Rosales (UE)
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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.