Julian Reem Fuentes (CSB), 22 shattered his own Philippines NCAA Record with a 7.59m effort, breaking the 7.42m he set last year. But he was not alone help himself to this kind of effort, four of his buddies also went over the 7 meter barrier. Fuentes effort was 10cm off his PB of 7.69m when he won the Singapore open last April. The 7.59m tops the Philippine Ranking list and puts him above the SEA Games silver medal standard.
Aristeo Dela Pena of Arellano improved his PB to 7.44m also passing the old record, improving from 7.21m. Unknown Joshua Tero of San Beda took Bronze with 7.26m.
National training pool member Vincent Ramos (Mapua) could only manage fourth in 7.23m. While another training pool member Rone Malipay (Lyceum of Manila) could only manage fifth with 7.11m. However Malipay was able to win the Long Jump 15.17m, now that Harry Diones has no more playing years in the UAAP.
Two other athletes were reported to have leapt over 7 meters also. I am awaiting for the official results.
The Boys record also was broken with JRU Miller Manulat leaping 6.83m and erasing the performance of John Resty Lorenzo (San Sebastian) 6.77m set three seasons ago.
Meanwhile in Bacolod Monthly Relays 19 year old Jerry Belibestre the countries top Junior Long Jumper made a leap of 7.52m to rank second behind Fuentes. And tie the SEA Games silver standard.
Also in the running is Janry Ubas who leapt 7.39m to break UAAP Record. Ubas the SEA Games Decathlon Bronze medalist leapt 7.55m last year. SEA Games Bronze medalist Fil-Heritage Donovant Ariola (PB 7.64m) based in El Paso, Texas is yet to register a performance this year. Another Fil-Heritage athlete Tyler Ruiz based in Los Angeles who leapt 7.63m last year could only manage a 7.08m effort at a meet in Los Angeles.
SEA Games was won in 7.75m in 2015 by Supanara of Thailand, Pham Van Lam of Vietnam was silver in 7.52m and bronze went to Donovont Ariola of Philippines in 7.51m.
SEA Games will be held in August, there is until June for selections to be finalized.