2015 April Weekly Round up in Athletics

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2015 April Weekly Round up in Athletics

Week 1 April: Junior Athletes improve best times

It was an action packed set of performances last week with the Singapore Open in full swing building upto SEA Games. Eric Shauwn Cray led the Fil-Heritage athletes with a SEA Record of 49.62 in the 400 Hurdles.

Meanwhile at the same meet at Gainesville for the Florida Relays, Bryan Mercado clocked 10.71 seconds, outside his personal best of 10.56.

In the High Jump 2014 PNG Champion Tyler Ruiz registered a leap of 2.10m at the Pomona Pitzer, outside his seasons best of 2.13m.

Junior Women set Personal Bests

Kayla Richardson and her father Jeff.

Kayla Richardson and her father Jeff.

Kayla Richardson continued to bring her 400m time down with a run of 56.53, this was followed shortly after with a 24.73 200m clocking at Los Banos. Richardson will line up for the 100,200 and 4×100 at the SEA Games. She holds best times of 11.78 and 24.03 in the 100 and 200. Her 100 time is just .03 seconds off the junior record of Princess Joy Griffey.

The #3 Long Jumper in the Philippine Ranking lists this year 18 year old Marisa Kwiatkowski set a new Personal best with a 5.83m leap in Paolo Alto and 12.37m Triple Jump. The teenager is aiming for the National Junior Records held by Elma Muros (6.16m, 1983) and Felyn Dolloso (12.55m, 2012). Kwiatkowski has leapt 12.58m but that was before she acquired her passport. She is also a handy alternate 100m runner with a best time of 12.0 (ht).

Cerah Moren, 15 improved her best in the discus to 37.09m at Merced, California.

Week 2 April : Marisa Breaks National Junior Triple Jump Record

ANDREW PIRIE ATFS Statisican and Editor of pinoyathletics.info

Marisa K in full flight

Marisa K in full flight

video credit: Coach Mike Buncic
One Fil-Heritage jumper not bound for the SEA Games Marisa Kwiatkowski proved she was following in the footsteps of the great Marestella Torres and Katherine Khay Santos. The emerging teenager who just improved her personal best last week to 5.83m, went one step further this time breaking the National Junior Record in the Triple Jump. The record of 12.55m set at the 2012 National Games in Dumaguete held by Felyn Dolloso was erased over the course of the weekend.

Marisa who obtained her Filipino passport late last year, had already leapt 12.58m but that could not count as a record as it was before she obtained her passport. However it would not the Stanford Freshman from nailing it again this time with a leap of 12.63m. Kwiatkowski is a polish word which means ‘Place of the Little Flowers’.

The National Senior Record of 12.67m held by Marestella Torres is the next goal for Marisa, and she is also eyeing the long standing Junior Long Jump Record of Elma Muros set in 1985.

Marisa is not lined up for the SEA Games but has been invited to run a tune up 4×100 with Griffey and the Richardson twins in Los Angeles.She also registered a 5.77m just outside her 5.83m PB at this meet.

kayla richardson

At Arcadia the biggest high school meet in the United States Kayla Richardson improved her seasons best to 24.49. Observing the video as Richardson ran her opponents down one by one to win the race its evident her early season 400m races have helped her have a formidable finish. But more speed work is required before SEA Games for her to get down to a high 23 or low 24 in order to win a medal still there is seven weeks to go.

(video here)

Her sister Kyla clocked 12.25 in the 100 meter dash.

Meanwhile sprinter Bryan Mercado raced in Tucson, Arizona improving his season bests to 10.58 and 21.49. Just .02 and .01 off his personal bests.

Week 3 April: Barnard breaks National Record

Article by ATFS Statiscian and Pinoyathletics Editor

Delayed Coverage as i have been rather busy with a lot of issues right now, i will write further about these issues in the next few days and make the athletics community fully aware of what is going on and the reasons why this website was taken down for a week and maybe even mention these individuals that have caused such issues. As this website is now going about to become a whole lot more vocal as promised.

Please note this article is back dated from the week of April 16-18

Jessica Barnard breaks National Record in 3000m Steeples

Fil-Heritage athlete Jess Barnard Bronze medal at SEA Games steeples sets a New National Record

Fil-Heritage athlete Jess Barnard ‘Every bodies Little Sister’ Bronze medal at SEA Games steeples sets a New National Record

SEA Games Bronze medalist in the Steeples Jessica Lynn Barnard (JLB), 24 came away with a considerably more improved result than she had shown since representing the Philippines. Barnard whose PB was 10.22.90 from 2012 before she joined the Philippine Team.

She was born in Angeles City, mother hails from Digos City (2 hours south of Davao City) she was recruited by yours truly at the recommendation of another Fil-Heritage former athlete from Los Angeles. Obtaining her passport Jessica was a very controversial choice for the 2013 SEA Games as she had never competed at a PNG or National Open Championships.

However she would become the only women in the countries history to win a SEA Games medal in the steeples taking the bronze. The 5’7 Barnard however time was only 11:04.04 slightly under the National Record of 11:10 then of Jessa Mangsat of Baguio. She was even accused of jogging the race.

At the National Open Jessica would come to legitimize the controversy surrounding her inclusion last SEA Games without playing at the national championships. PATAFA Management strongly encouraged Fil-Heritage athletes to join the national games. The controversy however continued with Barnard winning the SEA Games but this time in an even slower 11:34 and one of the steeples being at the wrong height.

Barnard was not initially selected for the SEA Games and the last chance was for her to break her National Record at the Beach Invitational at Norwalk Jessica proved she performed even better under such pressures clocking a new personal best and national record of 10:41.93 and ensuring she had a strong medal chance at the SEA Games. With a late appeal entry going in with the Task force.

(we also want to highlight the efforts Jessica and her fellow Fil-Heritage athlete Isang Smith made donating shes to athletes and needy children in our next article)

Cray Clocks 10.21 but windy


Cray wins the 100 in El Paso with a windy 10.21.

SEA Games 400 Hurdles champion Eric Cray in his first 100m race of the year timed an eye bulging 10.21 at UTEP meet in El Paso. This mark would have been under the Philippine Record of 10.45 set by Ralph Waldy Soguilon in 2007 had it not been for two factors.

Firstly Cray had false started and then ran under protest/duress. Under IAAF Rules any runs under this clause once an athlete is officially dqed in the results cannot be counted as a national record.

Secondly the wind reading in the race was +2.2 meters a second above the allowable +2.0.

Cray who will run again the following week will have another shot at the National Record, he also plans to add the gold in this event to his collection and busy schedule at the SEA Games.

Cray eating his necklace

Cray eating his necklace

Donovont blows out a 7.90m windy leap

At the same El Paso meet as Cray.

PNG Champion and SEA Games bound Donovont Arriola leapt 7.90m (+4.8) in the long jump although wind aided it shows great signs of things to come with a delighted Donovant happy to have made it onto the IAAF World Ranking lists.

rankings donovont


 Fil-Heritage sprinters send a strong message to SEA Rivals at Mt Sac

3/4 of the Philippines 4x100m womens relay team Kayla Richardson, Kyla Richardson and Princess Joy Griffey (photo credit: Jeff Richardson)

3/4 of the Philippines 4x100m womens relay team Kayla Richardson, Kyla Richardson and Princess Joy Griffey (photo credit: Jeff Richardson)

At Walnut at the prestigious Mt Sac Relays several Fil-Heritage athletes delivered strong performances.

After having hamstring niggles last week when she won in a slow time of 12.15 at Tacoma the Philippines fastest women bounced back.

2014 PNG Champion Princess Joy Griffey improved her years best time to 11.71 (+2.0). The 28 year old Bacolod Born sprinter traveled self funded herself from Washington to Los Angeles to get some better competition.

Griffey time was the fastest time in South East Asia for 2015.

Her PB of 11.58 was set five years ago, she came out of retirement at the end of 2013, at the continued insistence (which probably got on the verge of irritating, due to constant Skype calls and messaging) of yours truly and her very encouraging coach Aaron Blake. Possibly the only two people that continued to encourage Griffey after she was wrongfully left out of the 2011 SEA Games.

Griffey quickly improved from 12.10 to 11.62 in her first six months back.

Her 200 was a bit less impressive with a windy 24.48 slowly bringing her times down but well outside her PB set last year of 23.93. A time of 24.0x at least will be required at SEA Games to win a medal so a lot of work must be done here.

(SEA Games analysis of women sprinters & 4×100 article to follow)

Meanwhile Kyla Richardson clocked a windy 11.83 to get 4th in the girls high school invitational, this performance was good enough to get Kyla a late appeal for the women’s 4×100 as she had passed the SEA Games silver standard of 11.85. However she is ranked 3rd in the Philippines behind Griffey and Kayla.

Kayla continued to show fine improvement bringing her 200m 2015 time to 24.24 (+1.5) (from 24.7 to 24.4) with a slight improvement it could see the 17 year old on the podium at the Singapore SEA Games.

Bryan Mercado, out strong

Bryan Mercado

Bryan Mercado

Also at Walnut, Fil-Heritage sprinter Bryan Mercado of USC (University of Southern California) clocked a slightly wind aided 10.47 (+2.1) (2.0 is the maximum allowable) (his legit PB is 10.56 from last year) and a legitimate best time of 21.35 (+1.5).

This improved on his 21.49 set two weeks ago. Bryan acquired a passport last December, his father Joe is Filipino. His time is the second fastest outdoor 200m ever by a Filipino, just behind the National Record of Ralph Waldy Soguilon which is 21.17 set in 2007.

Unfortunately as his team is almost certain to qualify for the NCAA Finals in the 4×100. Bryan had to withdraw from the SEA Games due to scholarship commitments (he is in his final year at USC).

The NCAA Finals are June 10 at the same time as the Singapore SEA Games and the closing date for entries with the organizers is May 1.

He had Kindly providing the PATAFA with a formal letter. Pinoyathletics.info wishes Bryan all the best and hopes to see him running for the Philippines at future meets.



Week 4 April: Cray breaks Soguilon National Record

Andrew Pirie – ATFS Statiscian, Editor Pinoyathletics.info

Cray in the 100 Meters at El Paso with a windy 10.21.

Cray in the 100 Meters at El Paso with a windy 10.21.

After having his would be national record discredited Eric Shauwn Cray tidied up the record books this time with a legitimate performance of 10.33 secs in the 100 Meter Dash at the Bob Cat Classic, San Marcos, Texas. The mark eclipsed the 8 year old National Record of Ralph Waldy Soguilon (10.45 secs set at the Claremont Classic in Los Angeles). Soguilon broke the 45 year old National Record of Rogelio Onofre (10.57 secs adjusted timing) set in the 1962 Asian Games in Jakarta.

Congratulations to Eric Cray. Proud of previously breaking the then 45-yr old Phillippine record and holding it for 8 yrs. I now hope this would be the start of an improved Philippine sprinting. Looking forward to more sprinters running under 10.50 seconds. quoted Waldy Soguilon on Facebook.

The mark is officially a new Philippine National Record of 10.33 +0.3 wind. He finished fourth behind Olympic Finalist Daniel Bailey of Antigua 10.19.

Cray’s mark was below the SEA Games the gold winning time of 2013 SEA Games Champion Jirapong Meenapra (Thailand) 10.48. Meenapra who then improved his best to 10.31 in Germany, will not have it easy at all in Singapore SEA Games and maybe in danger of losing his SEA Games title.

Some media had falsely reported that Eric Cray time of 10.21 at UTEP 2 weeks ago was a national record. This is not the case as Eric had false started in the race and then he had ran under Protest/Duress. While his mark was 10.21 +2.2 on the photo finish it was not recorded in the official results for this reason.

Eric now shifts his attention to his pet event the 400 Hurdles were he is aiming to get his time down to 48.

Eric will next be in action at the 2015 SEA Games in the 100 dash and 400 Hurdles.

Jessica Lynn Barnard, continued her show of fine form with a time of 4:31.22 at the Triton Invite in San Diego. This time was below her personal best of 4:32 set in 2012. It also help strengthen Jessica late inclusion for the 2015 SEA Games as her time is beneath the 4:32.33 Bronze medal standard of the 2013 SEA Games.

Results from Previous Weeks

16 year old Fil-Canadian Zion Corrales-Nelson who has not registered for the 2015 SEA Games clocked 12.15 (1.6) at Eugene, Oregon. Zion also backed this up with a 57.03 opening 400m time well off her National Record of 54.18 established last year.

Tyler Ruiz also had a go at the Long Jump recording 6.97m at the Mangrum Invite on 11.04.15. Not the best times of Ruiz who had leapt 2.13m to qualify for SEA Games but his more recent performances are 2.08 and 2.04 meters only.



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