Article by Andrew Pirie
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Jomar Udtohan, 19 of San Sebastian College posted a New Philippines NCAA Record of 10.66 +0.4. Done in the heats of the 100 Meter Dash at the 2016 NCAA at Pasig. Also the mark eclipsed the old record of Anfernee Lopena (CSB) 10.73 set in the 2014 NCAA.
Pinoyathletics would like to acknowledge the hard work and focus of Mr. Jec Gando a teacher and long time coach at San Sebastian College with his work on Udtohan. While its local coaches like Mr. Gando who devote a lot of there own time and money who really make a big difference to the performance of our athletes both locally and competing overseas.
It was incorrectly reported in the official results that Udtohan time of 10.59 in the finals was a New NCAA Record. However the finals had a wind-aided performance with a following wind of +2.4. According to IAAF rules for meet records wind must not exceed +2.0. Pinoyathletics will be recognizing the 10.66 performance in the heats as the New Philippines NCAA Record.
Udtohan still however had a big improvement on his previous best time of 10.88 which is the Junior Philippines NCAA Record set in the 2014 edition.
Also he currently holds the Palarong Pambansa Record in the 100m, 200m, and 400m which earn’t him the MVP award in the 2014 Palaro in Laguna.
Udtohan mark of 10.66, was the eighth fastest 100 Meter time by a Filipino male.
In the Finals, although wind-aided with 2.4, six athletes! ran below 10.90 seconds. Hence probably the fastest field in the events history While Compare this to the UAAP which was won in 10.94 with only two athletes breaking 11.00 seconds.
In the heats, due to legitimate wind readings below 2.0 some athletes ran best times or close to best times.
While former record holder Anfernee ‘Warm Bodies’ Lopena ran 10.74 in the heats, just .01 from his best time of 10.73.
Also 2015 National Bronze medalist ‘The Great’ Rodquem Maullon clocked a new PB of 10.90 in the heats improving from 10.96 at the Nationals.
While John Renzelle Capingian improved his best time from 11.14 to 10.96. Yet unfortunately for his team mate Fernan Lopez his heat was also +2.1 10.90 and finals 10.85 +2.4. Ezra Gonzales last years Junior NCAA Champion improved his best time from 11.35 to 11.05 in the heats.
This bodes very well for the Mens 4×100 Relay, with Fil-Heritage sprinters SEA Games Champion Eric Cray (10.25), National Champion Brandon Thomas (10.56 PB, 10.72) and Bryan Mercado (10.51), bolstering a strong relay squad and also local sprinter Isidro Del Prado Jr. (10.73).
I’m excited buddy to be in the same relay team as the Great Eric Cray, representing the Philippines its my dream to run at the SEA Games. said a very eager Udtohan to Pinoyathletics.
The other athletes will definitely be sticking there hands up for a start in the 2017 SEA Games.