Eloiza Luzon ‘Buddy Buddy’ (updated)

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Eloiza Luzon

Eloiza Luzon
also known as ‘Buddy Buddy’

Luzon

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Born: March-02-1996

Coach: Manny Calipes
College: University of Santo Tomas (Current)

Member of National Team since 2016

Performances:

100m: 12.10 (0.8) UAAP, 2014

200m: 24.95 (-0.5) UAAP, 2014

Caps: ASEAN School Games 2014, and ASEAN Uni Games 2014.

 

Career Highlights:

2014 ASEAN School Games Bronze 100m, Marikina
2014 UAAP Champion 100m

 

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For four years Eloiza Luzon battled it out for the Palaro 100m Title. After being runner up for years in a row. Finally she claimed the prestigious title at Dumaguete in 2013 in her final year of high school.

Born February 3, 1996 from Bukindon, Northern Mindanao. Luzon had claimed the Palaro Elementary title in the 100m and was runner up in the 200m in 2009.

In her first year of High school Luzon finished runner up to Michelle Loterte 12.75 to 12.83 ht. With Jenny Rose Rosales of Laguna third in 12.87ht and Schrijvers dead last.

Luzon did however claim the 200m title beating Rosales 26.0 to 26.4. It would take her another 3 years to regain this title.

In 2011 it was a leveled up Rosales that blew away the field to win the girls century dash in 12.4ht beating Luzon 12.8ht into Silver again. Luzon faded to fourth in the 200m which was won by Rosales. Rosales won by more than a second from the silver medalist in a new Palaro Record of 25.4. She did however place third in the 400m behind Rosales who set a new palaro record at 57.4, and 2010 Champion Nelma Insang who equaled the old recod in 58.1. Luzon timed 1.00.0.

In 2012 at Lingayen, Schrijvers who had placed dead last in the previous two years beat her daemons to win the palaro title in her final year. Schrijvers had been running well the whole year and the only real challenge would come from Eloiza Luzon whose form was unknown heading into the championships. Luzon for the third year in a row finished with the silver medal  12.5 to 12.6. Schrijvers went onto win the 200 in 25.6 with Luzon finishing third.

The pressure was now on for Luzon. Now in her final year she had been the bridesmaid three years in a row in the century dash. Would History repeat itself? or would it be worth the wait?

Palaro Champion

Heading into 2013 the favorite leading upto the finals was Mary Anthony Diesto who had the fastest time that year in the WV Palaro clocking 12.4, and had equaled that time on 2 other occasions. Luzon in comparison had only ever ran that time once.

All fears swept aside when Luzon ran 12.2 in the elimination rounds qualifying fastest into the final. But despite this the pressure was still on as the conditions were not as good in the final. However in the rain Luzon emerged victorious in a slower 12.6 beating team mate Glaiza Salcedo.

The highly favored Diesto faded to sixth place, but like Jenny, Mau and Luzon before her would eventually win the coveted 100m title in her fourth year in 2014.

UST Tigress

After finishing at the Palaro Luzon persuaded by her team mates took up the offer to join the team at UST. She finished second behind Rosales in the junior 100m. She would go onto win the 100m Dash at the University Games later that year with Jenny not participating tying her best time of 12.4 again.

At the UAAP Luzon finished second to Rosales in both 100 and 200 dash, again tying  12.4. She would however anchor her UST Tiger Cub team to victory in the 4×100 relay against Rosales (University of the East).

2014 saw continued success for Luzon, who was having a tough time adjusting to the weight regiment at UST but was gradually making some technical improvements. At the National Open she finished a disappointing fourth in the junior 100m losing to Leah Ann Creer and team mate Glaiza Salcedo who she had beaten at the Palaro 2013.

During the weekly relays she tied her best time several times 12.4, and improved her 200m PB to 25.4. In the lead up to the finals she blasted out of the blocks to a surprise win over Rosales recording a new PB of 12.2 in the process.

In the finals of Weekly Relays she won the Junior 100 in a new PB of 12.2, facing off against a lot of the 2013 Palaro field.  In the 200 she was behind senior team mate Michelle Loterte and 15 year old Karen Janario of Leyte. But claimed the gold as the fastest qualified junior in that event in 25.5 just outside her PB.

Luzon will make her debut for the Philippines in the 100m and 4x100m events at the ASEAN School Games. Although on paper is good for a silver based on 2013 results. The start lists indicate a much higher level of competition this year.

Luzon although very keen to one day join the national team, is being encouraged by her coaches to finish her studies first. For this purpose the relay goals look more on the horizon for 2017 SEA Games when she is ready to run against and with the older female sprinters.

Luzon joined the national team in 2016, however her declining performances put her very far behind contention for qualifying for SEA Games.

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