Article by Andrew Pirie pinoyathletics.info editor and ATFS Statistician with Photos provided by Airnel T. Abarra pinoyathletics.info correspondent.
Jie Ann Calis and Martin Esteban both set meet records in there respective events in the Secondary Girls 800 and Secondary Boys Triple Jump. You can view both of these write ups in separate articles. Esteban performances earnt him a spot in the 2015 ASEAN School Games team, in which he won a silver medal last year.
Alexis Soqueno of Bacolod better known as a high jumper but this year has shown huge improvements over the 400 Hurdles took the Palaro title with a 55.03 effort. He bested Marjun Sulleza (Region 12) and Rabbi Sulleza (Region 10).
Research revealed that Soqueno performance last month at the SEA Youth Championships is good enough for him to qualify for the World Youth Championships in Colombia end of July. His performance for silver at the SEA Youth Championships of 54.54s (.838m), below the criteria set by the IAAF of 55.00s (.838m).
“My glutes hurt a bit after that run.” said the bubbly teenager who immediately started using his home made foam roller after his event.
ASEAN School Games Qualification gets interesting
The results of the girls 400 Hurdles changed things up a bit for ASEAN School Games 2015 in Brunei qualification.
In the Girls 400 Hurdles things got very interesting with Ezel Divingracia of Iloilo, 16 winning in 1:04.83. Divingracia who was fully focused and confident in the blocks took the lead early and never conceded a bit coming several strides clear of nearest pursuer when the runners tidied up the stagger the last 100 meters. Divingracia who missed out on a medal finishing fourth last year took her first palaro secondary title.
Coming in second was last years elementary champion and the event favorite Ellah Therese Sirilan of NCR, 14 in a time of 1:05.82. Sirilan who is participating in her first year in the secondary division seemed nervous and unsettled during the start of the event. Sirilan last month took the National Junior title in Laguna clocked 1:04.50.
Bernalyn Bejoy of Bacolod, the training partner of Alexis Soqueno took the bronze in 1:06.05.
The three athletes under the bronze mark (1:05.54). The third athlete being Uni Games Champion Josefina Baloloy of RTU who is in her last year of eligibility for this meet being born in 1997. Baloloy earn’t the silver in the 400 Hurdles last year at the ASEAN School Games in Marikina after coming out of the hospital from dehydration with a time of 1.05.48.
Baloloy whose best time is 1:03.5 but outside the qualification period which began December 2014 so will have to improve her time at the PSC-POC NCR National Games Leg in July 2-6. The Philippine Team for ASEAN School Games is open to athletes who are at high school or college in the Philippines, but must be born in 1997 or after. Only 2 athletes maximum are allowed per event.
Javelin Record falsely reported now amended by DEPED
ASEAN School Games Champion Joshua Patulud (NCR) won the Javelin with a throw of 57.96m (700 grams). The meet organizers had mistakenly reported this as a meet record, however after consultation with the DEPED the meet records have now been amended. They are still Bryan Jay Pachecho (CLRAA) 62.47m (700g), 2014 and Allanloid Lumbao (IRAA) 59.18m (800g). Patulud beat Ronald Lacson (WV) and Mark Manipon (IRAA).
100M Times Lack Lustre
Due to strong head winds the Boys and Girls 100 meter times were alot slower than expected.
Unlikely Palaro 2014 in Laguna which was dominated by Jomar Udtohan (NCR) there was no clear favorite with just less than .10 seconds separating the first four qualifiers to the final leading up to a highly anticipated event.
The Boys 100m was won by surprise winner Iran Manjares from Mindoro. Manjares was quickest out of the blocks. However at the half way mark the big rolling form of the 6’0 Ervin Carter from Iloilo took a slight lead. Manjares who continued to hurl his body forward just nipped Carter on the line 11.44 to 11.46, NCAA Junior Champion Ezra Gonzales (STCAA) clung onto bronze with 11.55.
It was a rather cumbersome start for Batang Pinoy champion Karen Janario of Leyte. Falling four strides behind the rest of the field at the 60 meters, the expected favorite looked out of the race, however a last burst saw her edge out Iloilo Elrica Ann Guro 12.75 to 12.99. Janario PB is 12.44 from the ASEAN School Games last year.
Her coach Trece Academia was considering letting her run the 400m instead but opted to let her have a go at winning the 100m title. Janario was the bronze medalist in this event last year. Palaro Long Jump champion and training partner Rosemarie Olorvida took the bronze in 13.02. Olorvida and Janario were part of the National Junior record breaking team at the ASEAN School Games last year which took the bronze.
800M Boys Two athletes considered for ASEAN School Games
The top two athletes put there names under consideration for the 2015 ASEAN School Games Maverick Matchino (STCAA) and Russell Galleon (Region 9) 1.56.98 and 1.57.01 respectively eclipsing the silver mark. It was a tightly fought and interesting 800m race with the group breaking away from ASEAN School Games Bronze medalist Gilbert Rutaquio. Still fatigued from last nights steeple chase win Rutaquio faded to dead last. It was a strong finish with the top four finishing below 1:58 and the 1:58.7 bronze standard for the ASEAN School Games.