As part of the Davao trip, i also ventured North with a small group to the new sports facility for Tagum Training I was accompanied by Airnel T. Abarra pinoyathletics writer and organizer of the Davao Blue Knights meet, Bev Tariao former local sprinter and Maricris Caintic the silver medalist in the Uni Games Triple Jump.
There we were greeted by the bi-spectacled Giovanni Galunes the sports director of Tagum and his assistant Chris a sports science graduate of UST. They showed us a very good video of 10 local indigenous children being supported by the government and developed as long distance runners.
After lunch i took the athletes out to train at Tagum a site which will be used for the 2015 Palarong Pambansa. As most of the kids had competed at Saturday and attended that clinic I didnt expect a huge turnout from the locals as many were resting or had family day. However it was good actually working with a small group to give more attention and feedback. Bev and Caintic were joined by John Kenneth Paculba a young local sprinter who had just clocked in at 11.2s yesterday and his two training partners also sprinters.
The new stadium was really nice but they informed us they were still getting equipment in. We were planning for Caintic to do some jumping and on inspection of the pit it looked like concrete with several large stones in it. I immediately requested a rake and spade. After around 40 minutes a spade and rake were located by the groundsman and he, myself and two of the boys started preparing the pit.
Once this was done i got the athletes to go for a one lap easy jog. We then followed that with AIMS stretching. After the AIMS Stretching we did sprint drills. I gave feedback as i watched them go one by one which as it was a group of five still took some time but was easier to get through.
After that the next part was to get them to do 3 runs over 50m at 80-90% effort. They were to go individually. I got Airnel to video each of them once from front, back and side. Kenneth had issues with knee lift and back side mechanics probably due to a recurring foot injury. The other 2 boys had issues with back side mechanics but not knee lift. Caintic needed to fix her arm swing and there was also back side mechanic issues.
Bev didnt seem to have major back side mechanic issues and had very nice acceleration for someone who has been out of the sport for a few years. The issue was her arm swing and tightness in the upper body. Its clear that Bev with a PB around 13.5 could be a sub 13 sprinter due to the amount power generated at the start.
I then got Kenneth to rest as his foot injury had flared up, and got the other 2 boys and Bev to do some block starts. Again Bev demonstrated a very nice example of acceleration very similar to the start of a speed skater, however her actual arm swing needed quite a lot of work. The boys seemed to be ok going out of the blocks but needed to transition better.
In between the rests of the block starts i dabbled with some jump coaching. Caintic who studies at the University of Mindanao and is coached by an old friend Harrish Ratag. I was able to get permission to bringher upto Tagum to get some jumping videos for further analysis. (videos still coming). Caintic is being eyed right now for intake into Philippine Airforce when she graduates.
One thing to note is that the jumping board is very hard wood almost like concrete. Caintic was taking off 50-60cm before the board probably cause she was scared she was going to injure herself if she hit it. Her leaps varied from 10.90m to 11.43m but every leap increased she had 5 jumps. Her PB is 11.84m so possibly in better shape than that right now judging on the fact she was taking off early.