Only 15 years old but showing an extreme amount of promise in the long distance events is Jieann Calis.
The pint sized Calis who is well under 5’0 tall has shown an incredible amount of heart leading upto this competition. She is trained by coach Rodelyn at Looc National High School in Northern Mindanao. The witty teenager is quite often the spokes person for her fellow athletes.
With the chance to win two gold medals, Calis is arguably the best athlete in the team. Her running style is reminiscent of 2005 SEA Games 5000 and 10,000m Champion Mercidita Manipol. For sure Calis if she continues improving the way she has been these past few years, will have a good future in the 3000m Steeples, 5000 and 10000 at SEA Senior level.
First appearing at the Palaro as an 11 year old, Calis finished last in the 1500m elementary final in 5:16.8.
The following year in Dapitan she did not participate.
However in 2012 the Elementary field got the shake up when Calis returned to Break the Palaro Record in the 1500 in the exceptional time of 4:48.9, which is good enough for a top 3 UAAP Finish that year. She held off WV Anjelica De Josef 4:49.9 with both girls clocking under the Palaro Elementary Record of 4.53.10 by Sustiedo of WV the year before. A record which Calis still holds to this day.
De Josef held off Calis 2.18.8 to 2.21.1 breaking the elementary 800 Record.
2013 Palaro, Calis now in first year of high school was runner up to Joida Gagnao another talent from WV 4.45.2 to 4.48.2. She was also second to Gagnao in the 3000 with both girls breaking the Palaro Record 10.22.6 and 10.28.1 which had been set by Sustituedo at 10.34.1. Sustituedo had to settle for bronze in 10.44.1.
Improving her best time to 2.20.1 in 800 was only good fourth were Anjelica De Josef broke the record.
At the Palaro in Laguna Calis improved her time to 2.18.6 this time with Bronze again behind De Josef. She won the 1500 in a New Palaro Record of 4.44.4 breaking the record of Gagnao who limped home last in that race and was unable to participate in the 3000. Calis won her second gold in the 3000.
Her 1500m time is the second fastest in the senior ranking lists in 2014.
More recently Calis won the Milo Little Olympics in Marikina 800, but was pipped by Marisol Amarga of NCR in the 1500. She is also qualified for the finals of the Batang Pinoy.
Her times of 4.44.4 and 10.26.6 are below the 4.47.58 and 10.28.49 times that won the 2013 edition of ASEAN School Games in Vietnam.