Glaiza Salcedo is one of the many athletes from Northern Mindanao that is now a happy member of the UST Tigers in Manila. It wasn’t entirely a smooth ride as at one stage she nearly walked away from the sport all together.
Born November 2, 1996 she hails from Cagayan De Oro. Her college coach was Benedicta Caroro, at Misamis Oriental General Comprehensive high school.
Salcedo played her first Palaro in 2nd year high school, she did not win a medal in 2011, and the following year in 2012 she finishing just outside the medals with a fourth place finish in the 100 meter dash.
Disappointed and frustrated with two years in a row with no medal Salcedo decided to give up track and field and try Basketball. She played as Point Guard for the NMRAA Team.
Talented in both sports the trainers and coaches were pushing Glaiza to play both sports so at the 2013 Palaro in Dumaguete she joined the NMRAA team in Basketball and Athletics. She spent only two months preparing for the sprint events. The NMRAA Basketball team could only manage seventh but Salcedo made the right choice by resuming track and field.
Salcedo took two Silvers in the 2013 Palaro in the 100 and 200 behind province mate and buddy Eloiza Luzon who later agreed to continue the journey together to UST after they were offered a scholarship. Shortly after joining the National Games Salcedo finished with the bronze .
Playing her first race for UST at the 2013 PNG Salcedo finished last in the JR Womens Final. However she bounced back from this with a Silver medal behind Luzon at the Philippine University Games. At the UAAP she finished a credible fourth place in the Womens 100m Dash.
The Following year Salcedo finished with the Bronze medal in the PNG Junior 100m Dash for the first time beating Luzon in a major event. In the next encounter in the Junior Finals of the Weekly Relays in November it was Luzon this time that beat Salcedo.
This year Salcedo improved her best time to 12.4ht and has been consistent with that cloking having ran it 4 times already. In the 200 she brought down her PB from 25.8 to 25.4.
In the ASEAN School Games Glaiza Salcedo will make her debut for the Philippines running the 200 Meter Dash, an event in which she has had big improvements recently due to the opportunities of the PATAFA-PSC Weekly Relays. She will also team with her long time friend Eloiza Luzon in the 4×100.
A wise decision to stay with Track and Field as it led to the ASEAN School Games. Salcedo idol in athletics is sprinter/jumper Khay Santos. Salcedo ambition is to be known in the sport.