2014 ASEAN School Games Athletics and Fair Selection!

Last Updated on March 5, 2023 by Andrew Pirie

2014 ASEAN School Games Athletics and Fair Selection!


The Philippines finished in fourth place at the ASEAN School Games behind Malaysia, Thailand, and Indonesia. Garnering 11 Golds, 14 Silver, and 22 Bronze, a total of 47 medals. It’s the best-ever finish since the ASEAN School Games revival in 2010.

Coming second to last, leading into the last day of competition; however, the Philippines Women’s Basketball and SEA Games Champion Princess Superal bumped the Philippines up ahead of Vietnam and Singapore with last-minute gold efforts.

The Philippines has finished second to last or last three editions, so this was its best-ever performance. However, DepEd Regional Director Ms. Alameda pointed out that as the host, the Philippines, a country with the same population as Thailand and Malaysia, should have won a lot more Thailand won 41 Golds and Malaysia 35 golds.

Ms. Alameda pointed out she looked forward to having talks and more cooperation with the POC, PSC, NSAs, UAAP board, and others to improve the overall medal standings of the games and was open to ideas and suggestions.

This meet was for athletes born in 1996 and underrepresented by eight member nations of the South East Asian Federation. All countries competed here except Cambodia, Myanmar, and Timor Leste.

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Scaling System

A similar system used to assist select the National Training Pool 2014 in Athletics has been applied to selecting the 2014 ASEAN School Games.

The Scaled selection method is an adaptation to the previous method used, which bases selection on performance.


The 2014 ASEAN School Games works as follows.

  1. Athletes who have hit the gold medal performance or above from the 2013 ASEAN School Games (4)
  2. Athletes who have hit the silver medal performance or above from the 2013 ASEAN School Games (7)
  3. Athletes who have hit the bronze medal performance or above from the 2013 ASEAN School Games (6); a total of 17 athletes have gone above the Medal standard of the 2013 Edition.
  4. The next group of athletes is the Bronze Medal performance in the 2013 ASEAN School Games (IAAF Scoring Tables 2014, Score, based on IAAF Scoring Table IAAF Website) minus the best performance for 2014. This comes up with a negative score indicating how far they are from the bronze of 2013 and compares athletes in different events and even different genders. (19)

The Following Stipulations and additional rules applied in the selection

  1. Athletes must be born in 1996 or after
  2. Athletes must attend school in the Philippines
  3. Athletes must have participated in the Palarong Pambansa a least once in the past few years.
  4. Athletes who were not available to play due to school commitments or not being contactable were removed.
  5. The DepEd allowed 36 slots; therefore, it was impossible to enter two athletes in every event.
  6. The highest scoring event of the athlete was how they were ranked on this list.
  7. Relays are not counted in scoring as it’s a team event, not an individual performance.


and included the Following Athletes for different reasons

Emily Jean Obiena, 16, stands beside the results display after breaking the junior record for pole vault with her 3.20-meter effort at the Philsports oval Tuesday, May 20, during the 2014 Philippine National Games
Photo Credits: Drzhnews.com
  • Emily Obiena and Sarah Dequinan, as there is no Pole Vault at Palaro and the last few ASEAN School Games, there was no way to draw a scaled comparison; however, looking at athletes’ rankings age in South East Asia were considered contenders. Emily is also the National Junior Record Holder and medal capable at 3.20m. At the same time, Dequinan will be serving as the backup in the 4x400m relay.
  • Melissa Escoton, there was no Pole Vault at the last ASEAN School Games. However, based on SEA Rankings for that age, Melissa would be competitive and the Palaro Champion.
  • Feiza Lenton (the only athlete outside -50 points with -81) was required as the next highest-ranked athlete to complete the lineup for the womens 4×400.

Special Stipulation Women’s Long Jump

 While all 35 slots have been decided, there is a special stipulation for number 36. Two athletes are challenging on Nov 15-16 in the Weekly Relay Finals for the last 2 slots Angel Carino of DLSU, the PNG JR Champion, and Rose Marie Olarvida of Leyte Sports Academy. The winner of these two will join Mary Anthony Diesto in the Long Jump at the ASEAN School Games.

2014 ASEAN School Games Athletics

Reports and merged files written by Andrew Pirie, Assistant Team Manager of the 2014 Philippines ASEAN School Games Team

ASEAN Schools in Marikina on a 6-lane track

The track was renovated the weeks before the game into an 8-lane track.

The discolored lanes near the fence are lanes 1-2, inside the old lane 1 of the Marikina Sports oval.


Marikina is not a standard 8-lane track?

The ASEAN Schools have been awarded to Marikina Sports Complex, which won the bidding over Laguna, the Palarong Pambansa. This is the first time the games have been awarded to the Philippines in recent memory, the last time being over a decade ago. This is a multiple sports event (which includes athletics). 

However, Marikina was originally a standard 6-lane track. And the two lanes added were inside lane 1 (as lane 1 on a standard track is 400m around). This would mean that the two inner lanes, lanes 1-2 (lane 1 becomes lane 3), are now under-sized below a regulation 400m. So the meet would have to use lanes 3-8.

I am not sure if an eight-lane track is required for international meets. But if the two inner lanes are under-sized, athletes running 400m race up an unfair advantage.

And the question is will other participating countries complain about the limits of a 6-lane track which only means 6 athletes to qualify for finals??

Selecting our best team possible

The meet is for athletes who are born in 1996 and after.  This meet is only for athletes studying in the Philippines, which excludes the Richardson twins and other Fil-Heritage athletes. I have been informed that athletes in College can participate as long as the DEPED requests from the CHED.

As the Philippines is the host, we should aim to fill up as many events as possible with our best athletes available, not limiting our team’s overall potential just by including Palarong Pambansa athletes only who in a lot of events are not the best athletes we bore in 1996 and after.

While the DEPED are the ones who select the team, provided there is data of our best-recommended team possible and based on the results of the last ASEAN School Games where the respective athlete will finish in their event. Please note this list is subject to change with updated performances and Palaro times. Furthermore, this is based on data for the entire year of 2013, and anything prior is considered not valid for recent forms.

Based on last year’s results, athletes should have placed a lot better based on their best performances, and gave several reasons in the 2013 Report.

Based on the currently available last year’s data, 2 Golds, 3 Silvers, 4 Bronzes in the individual event. As some data are not available and updated performances are to be considered leading up to the Palaro and the Palaro results for 2014, these figures are likely to alter. Athletes recommended for ASEAN Schools.


36 Athletes Finalized in ASEAN School Games lineup Athletics (rev 2)

Oct 30, 2014

Jie Ann Calis on a strong finish at 1,500m. Palaro Champion Jieann Calis favorite for gold in 2 events

The following athletes were chosen to represent the Philippines at the ASEAN School Games, held from Dec 2-5 at the Phil Sports (Ultra). The meet is for southeast Asian Athletes 18 and under, born in 1996 and hereafter.

This is the first time the Philippines has not held this event since 1991.

A scaled selection system was used, which will be explained in the next report and write-ups on each athlete.

Some athletes were unavailable due to UAAP commitments; we chose the best local athletes available, all within 50 IAAF points of the last ASEAN School Games 2013 bronze medal performance.

Please note the team list is now submitted; however, the athletes on the team list submitted below can be reshuffled in events if they show improvements. We will evaluate again on November 15/16 and finalize the events after the Weekly Relay Finals, which will serve as the final basis of event selection.



  1. Jomar Udtohan (SSC) 100, 200, 4×100, 4×400
  2. Romnick Nor (UST) 100, 4×100
  3. Nino Justiniane (Cebu) 200, 400, 4×100, 4×400
  4. Kenneth Nodos (General Santos) 400, 4×100, 4×400
  5. Franklin Onukugu (CSB) 800, 4×400
  6. Gilbert Rutaquio (Dasma) 800, 1500, 3000m Steeples
  7. Kevin Capangpangan (UST) 1500
  8. Jacob Nabong (SSC) 5000
  9. Jaime Mejia (UP) 110H, 400H, 4×100, 4×400
  10. Francis Medina (UPH) 110H, 400H, 4×400
  11. Jerry Belibestre (Bacolod) LJ, 4×100
  12. Mark Vincent Ramos (Mapua) LJ
  13. Kirk Bacas (NMRAA) TJ
  14. Martin Esteban (CLRAA) TJ
  15. Bryan Jay Pachecho (FEU) JT, SP, DT
  16. Joshua Patulud (DLS-Zobel) JT
  17. Keith Quilo (FEU) HJ
  18. Alexis Soqueno (Bacolod) HJ
  19. Carlo Caong (CSB) SP, DT



  1. Eloiza Luzon (UST) 100, 4×100
  2. Glaiza Salcedo (UST) 200, 4×100
  3. Karen Janario (LSA) 100, 200, 100H, 4×100, 4×400
  4. Anjelica De Josef (WV) 400, 800, 4×400
  5. Feiza Lenton (LSA) 400, 4×400
  6. Louielyn Pamatian (UST) 800, 4×400
  7. Jieanne Calis (NMRAA) 1500, 3000
  8. Mea Ninura (DAVRAA) 1500, 3000
  9. Melissa Escoton (LSA) 100H, 4×100
  10. Josefina Baloloy (RTU) 400H, 4×400
  11. Rose Marie Olorvida (LSA) LJ, 4×100
  12. Emily Jean Obiena (CKSC) PV
  13. Sarah Dequinan (UST) PV, 4×400
  14. Dianne De Jesus (UE) DT, SP
  15. Aira Teodosio (UST) DT
  16. Jenelyn Arle (UP) JT
  17. Alyssa Andrade (UST) LJ, TJ

Creer and Diesto withdrawn by there sports admin


 There were several changes made to the athletic team this was firstly due to two reasons.

  1. Athletes who were high medal chances were unavailable for the team as the meet was scheduled so close to the UAAP.
  2. Athletes sustained injuries and were not able to join and reserve replacements were brought in.


Selection Process

As entries are now closed the nominations are complete. We used comprehensive data from January 1, 2014, up until now from meets sanctioned by the PATAFA only. For details on what is sanctioned by the PATAFA please contact [email protected] we will provide a list here shortly.

Another article was provided with the scaled selection method used. Next year a 3-tick bronze medal system will be applied.

Due to the proximity of the UAAP Dec 6-10, and the fact December has five major meets Asean School Games, UAAP, Milo Marathon, Batang Pinoy Finals, and ASEAN University Games. Logistics in organizing this meeting and selecting a good team had not been easy. Now the list is finalized we hope to get confirmation from the coaches in a short period of athlete availability.

The article, it suggested the inclusion of CHED Based and college athletes (mainly PRISAA, UAAP, and NCAA) born in 1996 or thereafter to bolster the Philippine’s chance to win the ASEAN Schools which they will be hosting.


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By Andrew Pirie

Andrew was elected Vice President of the Association of Track and Field Statisticians in 2020 after being a member for 7 years. He has worked as a PSC Consultant and Research Assistant from 2013-2015, Consultant, and Sprint Coach at Zamboanga Sports Academy from 2015-2017. And Currently is Consultant Coach with VMUF 2021- Current editor and chief of Pinoyathletics.info, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program. Coaches Sprints, Middle and Jump events he is  Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles. Currently working towards a Masters Degree in Education. He can be contacted on [email protected] You can find more information on Coaching here http://www.pinoyathletics.info/coaching-2/

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