A girl from the blood line of a legendary athletic heroine of the 1950s dominated the NCR Palaro Meet at Marikina last week. Ellah Therese Sirilan of University of the East high school.
“My father is a cousin of Inocencia Solis”said Sirilan whose family hails from Iloilo.
Innocencia Solis who had no children was the First Filipina to win the 100m Dash at the 1958 Asian Games and was the most dominant sprinter of the 1950s until the emergence of Mona Sulaiman in the 1960s. She died in 2001 of advanced diabetees.
Sirilan is coached by Coach Toper of Univ East high schools. She won the 400, 400 Hurdles and 200m Dash. It was her time of 1:04.5 however which highlighted the event.
Several Milestones: Palaro Favorite, Age Grade Record & one tick for ASEAN School Games
The First year high school student performances were several milestones. Firstly she secured the MVP title for NCR. Secondly her performance was the fastest in the country at any regional Palaro seting up the 13 year old as the favorite for the Palaro 400 Hurdles. The last time NCR won the event was in 2013 when Marilyn Avila of SFAC took the title. Sirilan was the Palaro Champion last year in the Elementary girls with a time of 1:08.7.
Secondly this performance was an age grade record for 14 year olds. Beating the 2010 Performance set at the Palaro of Jayed Rieveneth Penarbubia of Iloilo.
Thirdly it gave Sirlian one tick for the ASEAN School Games with the bronze being 1:05.54. She must achieve this mark twice more to be added to the ASEAN School Games team. She joins the friendly Josefina Baloloy of RTU who won the Palaro 400 Hurdles title in 2014 for Calbarzon, Baloloy also has one tick as she gained the silver medal at the ASG last year.
Other Notable Performances
Sirilan also won the 200 in 26.1 and 400 in 59.7, her younger team mate who was also MVP in the elementary girls also trained by coach Topher Sally Callos took the 100 12.8, 200 27.1 and 400 titles.
Celestina De Castro of SFAC defended her title winning the High school girls 100 in 12.6. While her team mate the Batang Pinoy Champion and palaro favorite in the Triple Jump Gianelli Gatinga took the title in 11.23m. Precious Artieda took the Discus with a 31.49m effort.
An epic three way show down will soon happen in the Mens 100m at the Palaro in Tagum with Milo Little Olympic silver medalist Mark Angelo Omega staking his claim for the title of fastest high school boy in the land. 2014 ASG team athlete Vincent Jacob Nabong won the 5000m in 17:43.0.
Alvin Vergel of La Salle Green Hills sent a message to Alexis Soqueno of Western Visayas registering exactly the same time in the 110 Hurdles with 14.7.
Impressive was John Edric Manalang (Manila) whose performance of 13.69m was the best in the land for the boys shotput.
(*Results provided kindly by Coach Topher and Bong Pedraldez)
(I do not have official results of the meet although provision would be appreciated please send to firstname.lastname@example.org, its better that these results are provided as its for screening for 2015 ASEAN School Games Team in Brunei)