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Phi Athletics Weekly Round Up February 2014

Phi Athletics Weekly Round Up – February 2014 – Week 1 – (asian indoors selection)

Asian Indoor Championships China


The Philippines will be represented by four athletes at the Asian Indoor Championships in Hangzhou China Feb 15-16. Three SEA Games Gold medalists will see action US based Eric Cray, Henry Dagmil and Jesson Ramil Cid. As well as Ernest John Obiena who will be going after the standard for the World Juniors. They will be accompanied by PATAFA coaches Sean Guevarra and Arnold Villarube.

Cray who is the SEA Games 400 Hurdles gold medalist and has been competing recently in the US, holds the National Records in five events 110 and 400 Hurdles and indoor 60,60 Hurdles and 200m. There is no 200m in this meet Cray has best times of 6.77 (bronze last Asian Indoors was 6.78), and 7.86 in 60 Hurdles (bronze 2012 was 7.85). The qualifying standard for world champs next month in Sopot, Poland is 6.65 and 7.70.

Henry Dagmil who has a life time PB of 7.99, and regained his SEA Games title (3rd title) in long jump with a 7.80m leap last December, the medalists leapt 7.98, 7.63 and 7.62 respectively.

Meanwhile Cid the SEA Games Decathlon champ will try his luck in the Heptathlon (7 events indoors composed of the following 60m, Long Jump, Shotput, High Jump, 60 Hurdles, Pole Vault and 1000m). Cid broke the Philippine Record with 7038 pts in Myanmar.

18 year old Ernest John Obiena although far off the 5.30m bronze, who placed fourth in the SEA Games with 4.90m holds the National Junior Record at 4.95m. Obiena is targeting the 5.05m qualification required to goto the World Juniors next July in Oregon, USA. He will need to also pass by the long standing 5.00m national record of 3 time SEA Games Champion Edward Lasquette (Fil-Heritage).

Cray Surpasses 200m Indoor Record

Eric Cray again set a new mark in the 200m Indoor in 21.81 seconds over the weekend (07.02.14) at the New Mexico Classic. His previous time was 21.85 seconds, the times indoors are about .5 seconds slower than on an outdoor surface due to the tight bends (an indoor track is 200m all the way round, whereas outdoor is 400m).

Kyla Richardson recorded a time of 7.22 secs on (25.01.14) for 55m. Alyana Nicolas opened this year with a vault of 3.20m.

Fil-Heritage Records and Rankings

The Following Fil-Heritage athletes have presented their Filipino passports and compete for the Philippines in Athletics or are eligible to compete for the Philippines if they make the qualification criteria set by the PATAFA.

The athletes are eligible for National Records if set from the day after there passports were acquired.

Only the following athletes are also entitled to have there performances dating back to Jan 1 of the year they acquired their performances listed on the National Ranking Lists.

  1. Eric Cray (SEA Games Gold 400 Hurdles)
  2. Jessica Barnard (SEA Games Bronze 3k Steeples)
  3. Tyler Ruiz
  4. Julio Miguel Alorro
  5. Princess Joy Griffey
  6. Kayla Richardson
  7. Kyla Richardson
  8. Zion Corrales-Nelson
  9. Alyana Nicolas
  10. Cerah Moren


Phi Athletics Weekly Round Up – February 2014 – Week 2 – (asian indoors results)

ASIAN INDOORS Cray and crew set National Indoor Records

Asian Record Holder in the 100m Nigerian-import for Qatar Samuel Francis won the asian indoors against our very own Eric Cray in 60m.

Asian Record Holder in the 100m Nigerian-import for Qatar Samuel Francis won the asian indoors against our very own Eric Cray in 60m.

As the build up continues for the 2014 Philippine National Games scheduled May 24 to June 1 in Pasig several Filipino athletes saw action and will be seeing action tomorrow at various locations around the globe.

At the Asian Indoor Championships February 15-16 in Huangzhou China, Eric Cray tied his National Record in the heats in 6.77s, qualifying for the finals. In the finals he was up against a class field and finished fifth in 6.75s (again breaking his Filipino Record), this was .1 seconds away from the qualifying mark for the world indoors in Sopot (6.65s).

Cray finished behind Asian 100m Record Holder (9.99s) Samuel Francis (6.61s) of Qatar, Femi Ogunode (6.62s) of Qatar  (pb 10.07) the 2010 Asian Games Gold medalist in the 200 and 400, with reigning 2012 asian indoor champion Reza Ghasemi taking bronze in 6.68s (pb 10.16). It was a good effort from Cray whose best time is 10.52 for the 100m, but he only ran it once in the space of 2-3 years.

Francis and Ogunode are Nigerian imports who were naturalised and now run for Qatar. Francis broke the long standing asian record of Koji Ito of Japan 10.00s a few years ago.

Cray was placed in the slower B Final which he won but the four contenders in the A Final ran faster times.

Unfortunately in the 60 Hurdles Cray hit the first hurdle and wasnt able to finish the race. Henry Dagmil is also entered in long jump and Jesson Cid in Heptathlon. No results reported yet.

*reported by Cray’s coach Keith Sharper, photo finish required to confirm records

Asian Indoors round up

Jesson Cid fully focussed.

Jesson Cid fully focussed.

SEA Games Decathlon champion and RP Record Holder Jesson Ramil Cid was coming second after the 60m with 7.07, but his opposition proved to strong in the shotput (11.35m) and High Jump (1.84m) where he finished last and now ranks seventh after 3 events, with 4 events to go on day 2. Karpov of Kazakhstan the asian record holder in the Decathlon leads with 3246 points.

Meanwhile SEA Games Champion and Record Holder Henry Dagmil finished sixth with 7.43m. The bronze medal was 7.76m.

Overall it was a good outcome for the three man team who placed 5th, 6th and 6th. Although not as big a meet as the Asian Games the results show alot of asia’s best atheltes particpated here. The team between then broke or set 6 National Indoor records 

Philippines Indoor Records Broken

Eric Cray 6.75s 5th in 60m Final (broke own record prev 6.77s)

Henry Dagmil 7.43m 6th in Long Jump (broke prev 7.28m Joebert Delicano)

Jesson Ramil Cid 6th in Heptathlon 4565 (broke)

Also Shotput 11.35m (broke prev 10.85m Arnold Villarube)

High Jump 1.84m (new established, no previous record)

1000m 2:46.55 (new established, no previous record)

asian indoor results 2014

Looking at the results if Filipina sprinter Princess Joy Griffey had been sent with the other three, based on her best time this year of 7.58 she would have finished fifth, if she had ran to her personal best (7.47 from 2010) she would have hit bronze medal.


Emerging talent Cerah Moren has taken all the age grade records from 10-15 in javelin, the last few years with the heavier 600 gram javelin.

Emerging talent Cerah Moren has taken all the age grade records from 10-15 in javelin, the last few years with the heavier 600 gram javelin.

Fil-Heritage development athlete 15 year old Cerah Moren threw the javelin a personal best  distance of 38.74m (600 grams adult sized javelin) at a meet in Turlock, California. Moren who holds the best age grade records for ages 10-14 surpassed the former record for 15 year olds of Stephanie Cimatu 36.64m (but with a lighter 500 gram javelin). She also established a new age grade record for 15 year old’s in Hammer 25.63m (no previous mark), Cerah who is eligible to compete for the Philippines having presented a phi passport to the PATAFA should be considered more a developmental athlete as throwers tend to peak in there late 20s, early 30s.

Ruiz and others in action previous weeks

Meanwhile another Fil-Heritage athlete Tyler Ruiz high jumped 2.08m on his third attempt at the Don Kirby Elite at Alberquerque New Mexico. Ruiz was fourth at the SEA Games. Ruiz had 3 fails at 2.13m. Ruiz best is 2.17m.

the previous week,

Fil-Heritage High Jumper Tyler Ruiz who has a PB of 2.17m, opened with 2.09m at a meet in Naperville 25.01.14. Ruiz who acquired his dual citizenship before the SEA Games finished 4th in 2.09m. He will need to leap 2.17m+ again to claim the National Record which currently belongs to National Coach Sean Guevarra.

Ernest Obiena bending the pole.

Ernest Obiena bending the pole.

Ernest John Obiena leapt 4.90m in Singapore open, the presence of competition helped Sean Lim of Singapore to a new Singapore national record of 4.90m, from his previous best of 4.83m. Obiena leapt 4.80m in Singapore a few weeks ago 19 year old EJ is aiming for the 5.05m standard to qualify for world juniors he finished 4th at the SEA Games also against much more experienced vaulters. Obiena hold the junior record at 4.95m, to get the qualificaiton for the world juniors he would have to bypass the national record of former olympian and Fil Heritage vaulter Ed Lasquette.

Fil-Heritage SEA Games Athletes compete in the states

SEA Games Steeples Bronze medalist Jess Barnard starts off the season with an 800m.

SEA Games Steeples Bronze medalist Jess Barnard starts off the season with an 800m.

Fil-Heritage athlete Jessica Barnard the SEA Games Bronze Medalist and Philippine Record Holder in the Steeple chase ventured outside her primary event this weekend to run the 800 meter dash. The 23 year old timed 2:13.44 which is a good performance on a tight 200m indoor track to finish 5th in race 4 at the Huskie Invite in Washington. Barnard has an outdoor PB of 2:10.13.

Other Results

Bacolod born Princess Joy Griffey, ran a seasons best of 7.56 seconds

The #2 Filipina Pole Vaulter Alyana Nicolas was only able to manage a 3.10m vault at the Coast Conference classic 14.02.14 well off her best of 3.47m.

At the simplot games Kyla Richardson clocked a Filipina season leading 25.31 indoors in the 200m (worth around 24.8 outdoors).

Women 200 Meter Finals

Phi Athletics Weekly Round Up – February 2014 – Week 3

  Paris Pijuan acquires Filipino Passport.

Sure to add more depth to mens Pole Vault teenager Paris Pijuan.

Sure to add more depth to mens Pole Vault teenager Paris Pijuan.

Filipino American Vaulter Paris Pijuan became the latest Fil-Heritage athlete to acquire a Filipino Passport. Pijuan was born in 1996 and is coached by Estelle Naito, formally coached by Brooks Morris. Pijuan is the son of a former PBA player he has a personal best of 4.80m.

Pijuan who acquired the passport on January 16,2014 is now eligible for any national junior records, indoor and national records from this date onwards and also dating back to January 1 of 2014 is eligible for his performances to be submitted on the Filipino Ranking list. Pijuan opening leap this year was 4.52m on 17.02.14 at Fresno.

The National Junior Record is held by Ernest John Obiena at 4.95m. Both Obiena and Pijuan need to leap 5.05m to qualify for the World Juniors this July in Oregon, US.

ISM Meet

Notable results from the International school meet at Manila included Palaro Silver medalist, teneager Joshua Patulud  (DLS Zobel) throwing 54.96m to win the Mens Javelin event.

His school mate Alvin Vergel clocked 14.8 (junior height) to win the 110 Hurdles.

Meanwhile at Washington, Fil-Heritage sprinter Princess Joy Griffey won the WSU Open II meet with a seasons best 7.54 in the 60m.

No other results reported this weekend athletes such as Cray were having a rest week.


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