LEGAZPI CITY, ALBAY- DAVRAA’s 16 year old Meagey Ninura of Kapatagan National Highschool in Digos City, not only broke the Palaro Record but also eclipsed a 36-year old National Record.
Ninura who is coached by DEPED school teacher Maylene Patagoc-Quimque for the last few years was the silver medalist in the 2015 Palaro in a time of 10:11.13 to Jieann Calis (NMRAA) in Tagum. Ninura is the only child of a banana farmer and a house wife.
Calis who set three records last year in the 800, 1500 and 3000m for Secondary Girls this time wound up behind Ninura in 10.07.08 a new Personal best, but not enough to beat Meagey this year.
Ninura set a very fast pace early rounding the first lap in 74 seconds. 80 seconds per lap would account for around a 10.00 pace. Calis struggled about 50 meters behind but then began to close the gap on the last few laps. With her very upright balanced running form which was an improvement on her wobbling bouncing form from the previous two years.
But Meagey who went onto win her first palaro title was too far ahead and held her off 10:03.4 to 10:07.8. Both girls broke the meet record of Calis 10:10.16 last year in Tagum.
Meagey’s mark also erased the National Junior Record 10.09.5 of Rosalinda Catulong a product of the Gintong Alay Program which was set at the 1980 National Open in Marikina. Catulong was 15 year old when she ran the non-olympic 3000m event.
Both Meagey Ninura and Jieann Calis are strongly being considered for scholarships in the United States once they complete there high school education. More reduction of there best times would be required to strengthen the applications.
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