The Milo Little Olympics was held at Marikina (6 lane track). While this meet was sanctioned by PATAFA with PATAFA officials present so the results are official. Also The 2 irregular lanes were not used. While the Shot put area had a stage on the left and a make shift circle was in concrete. Hence its doubtful these events can be considered for the ranking lists. While a check with the IAAF rule book is in order here.
Hence The Milo Finals organized by Milo and the DEPED takes place with the Finals at Marikina October 24 and 26. While their were four completed legs Visayas, Hence NCR and Mindanao with the top two from each round in the finals. While the age limit for this meet is for athletes born 1997 and thereafter.
Yet it was a divided house this year with Visayas athletes faced with the difficult choice. While between this meet and the Batang Pinoy Qualification round in Kalibo from October 21-23.
In conclusion this meet definitely has been getting stronger with some performances probably candidates for meet records.
Cebu’s Justiniane takes the sprint treble
While the most impressive performer was 16 year old Nino Justiniane. Justiniane the PNG Junior Silver medalist in the 200m Dash won the 100 and 200m dash in 11.0 and 22.4. Yet he just edged out another speedy youngster Ezra Gonzales 11.0 of NCR. Hence Justiniane goes in as the favorite for net years Palaro. While the 5’6 Justinianne is another proud product of Cebu. He follows the likes of Raul Abangan, Lindley Navaja, Daniel Noval and Boholano Anfernee Lopena.
While Ezra Gonzales took second in the 200m in a respectable 22.7. Yet Justiane then added a third meet record with a time of 50.7 in the 400m Dash.
While In the girls 100m Elrica Anne Guro of Iloilo held off last years champion Celestina De Castro 12.7 to 12.8.
Calis faces stiff challenge from Amarga
Most noteworthy was Palaro 1500, 3000m champion Jie Ann Calis got the better of NCR Marisol Amarga in the 800m run.
In conclusion the women’s 1500m was an interesting race. While Sustiedo the bare foot runner who holds the Palaro Elementary record in this event led the first few laps very comfortably. Hence Sustiedo is one of four very talented middle distance girls from Western Visayas (along with De Josef of Aklan, Gagnao of Guimaras and Pamatian of Bacolod who is now studying at UST).
While the petite 15 year old Calis who is the #1 ranked in the Open Womens 1500m. Yet Calis started hunting Sustiedo down on the back straight taking the lead half way through the race. From there on in the girl who is likely to make her debut for the Philippines at the ASEAN School Games was leading.
However lurking in the background was the runner from SFAC Marisol Amarga who kicked hard the last 100 in a neck to neck battle which she won surprisingly over Calis. While Amarga clocked a personal best of 4:53.
Meanwhile in the girls 100 Hurdles Elyzza Salinas of Cebu 15.8. Held off Ezel Divingracia of Iloilo 16.0. While the boys 100 was won by Ludivico Dela Cruz in a dead heat from Nalvester Plana both running 15.3.
Also Palaro Silver Medalist Kirk Bacas of Northern Mindanao won the Long Jump in 6.71m.
In conclusion I have posted the results via my new assistant Michelle Loterte of UST. Michelle kindly took the photos on her cellphone and will be rewarded in chocolate. While its good we took these photos as the last few years of Milo results. These have not appeared on there own website and likely will disappear if we didn’t make this preserved backup.
Most noteworthy the performances here along with other results will serve as help with selecting the team for the ASEAN School Games.
Change to Points scoring costs Western Visayas the wins
NCR emerged as the overall team champion in the Boys and the Girls. While ahead of Western Visayas which was runner up. Hence a full break down is in the attached excel spread sheet at the bottom of this page.
Also the Secretariat decided to change the scoring to a point system the same as the Palarong Pambansa with 7,5,4,3,2,1 for the top six in each event. Whereas last years finals used a medal tally system.
However this caused some confusion as Western Visayas would have taken the overall title if the old system had been used.
SELECTED/ SUMMARY OF RESULTS good enough for Rankings
Milo Little Olympic Finals, Marikina
100m (25) Nino Lito Justinianne (98) 11.0, Ezra Gonzales 11.0
200m (25) Justinianne (98) 22.4, Gonzales 22.7
400m (26) Justinianne (98) 50.7
110H (25) Ludivico Dela Cruz 15.3, Nalvester Plana 15.3
LJ (25) Kirk Bacas 6.74m, Kit Pelletro 6.64m
*Discus and Shotput results should be considered invalid as it did not follow IAAF guidelines with throwers only able to throw to the right as a large stage was in the way and no clear markers for boundary outlines with throws being measured elsewhere.
100m (25) Elrica Anne Guro (99) 12.7, Celestina De Castro (98) 12.8
200m (25) De Castro (98) 26.4
800m (25) Jie Ann Calais (99) 2:21.6, Marisol Amarga (96) 2:23.2
1500m (25) Amarga (96) 4:54.6, Calais (99) 4:55.0, Joniza Mie Sustituedo (98) 5:02.5
3000m (26) Sustituedo (98) 11:01.4, Jhanine Mansueto 11:15.5, Shaila Labural 11:19.5
100H (25) Elyssa Salinas 15.8, Ezel Divinagracia (99) 16.0, Paula Barjade 16.2
400H (26) Ellah Siliran (00) 1.06.1, Divinagracia (99) 1:07.1, Barjade 1:09.2
LJ (25) Gianelli Gatinga (01) 5.15m, Nina Antiola 5.07m