TAGUM CITY, DAVAO DE NORTE. Northern Mindanao Athletic Association (NMRAA) stand-out Jie Ann Calis was the woman of the hour as she shatters existing meet record during the 2015 Palarong Pambansa here at the Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex, Davao City, Davao del Norte on 06-May. Calis who clocked 2:12.27 positioned herself as one of the rising stars in Philippine Athletics.
By: Prof. Airnel Talatala Abarra, MSc. Chief Correspondent and Andrew Pirie- Statistician of www.pinoyathletics.com
Trouncing rivals Feiza Lenton of Eastern Visayas who set a run of Jie Ann able to trick Western Visayas previous record holder Anjelica Josef (2.17.2) by allowing the latter to gain some advantage on the first 200m of the last lap. Surprising her rivals, Calis able to turbocharged on the last 100m stunning Western Visayas’ pride Josef who in the nick of time landed instead at 3rd with such disappointment. Suprisingly, Lenton’s which is 2:14.47 and Josef’s 2:14.49 marks as one of the best performances in Palaro History as top three places did a clean slate in existing records in one meet.
Jieann hails from Plaridel, Misamis Occidental is a perennial favorite for the next edition of ASEAN school games. The Misamis wave will be a force in the Palaro for many years to come as amazingly she is only a Grade 9 ‘3rd’ year student and due to the new K-12 curriculum may not graduate till around 2017.
Jieann Time also meets the 800m standard for the world youth championships in Colombia in July. The qualifying time is 2:14.00 set by the IAAF.
In the heats of the 800m Calis took the first heat in 2:14.0 and Anjelica De Josef the second heat in 2:13.9. De Josef had also achieved the standard for the world youth championships in the 800m heats.
For the ASEAN School games though as only two athlete will be selected Jieann Calis 2.12.27, Louielyn Pamatian (UST) 2.13.97, and Anjelica De Josef 2.13.9 are the top 3. With Calis and Pamatian in the qualifying spots. In order to qualify one of the other two athletes must opt out or Anjelica must be placed in the top two by July.