2014 Batang Pinoy Athletics

Feiza and Karen go five for five.

2014 Batang Pinoy Athletics

2014 Batang Pinoy Athletics Karen tidies up the meet records with her ASEAN School Games Buddies

Dec 18, 2014

2014 Batang Pinoy Finals, Bacolod: Karen and Feiza go five for five

All is Well! Jaycie, Karen and Guro.

Day 1: Karen tidies up the record book

With the rush hour meeting months of November and December nearly over. The Batang Pinoy Finals returned a second time in the same year to Bacolod. Most impressive at this meet were two girls from the Leyte Sports Academy fresh from the ASEAN School Games at Marikina the week before. National 100 Hurdles record holder Karen Janario, 15 claimed sole ownership of several shared records.

Karen was quickest through the qualifiers of the 100 Meters winning the second heat in 12.59 with a helpful +1.8 tailwind. Which help tidy up her hand-timed 12.5 (HT) and 12.71 (+2.9) marks set in the heats and finals of the 2013 Finals. Elrica Guro (Iloilo) the Milo Little Olympics Champion won the first heat in 12.95. Jaycie Beronio, 14 who took the silver last year behind Karen was second behind Karen in heat 2 in 12.95. In the third heat, Milo Little Olympic jumps champion Gatinga who was the favorite to win the heat was disqualified for jumping the gun.

Karen came back to the finals and again blew away her closest pursuers she set a meet record again of 12.53 (0.7). Jaycie Beronio (Negros) came in second again for the second year in a row in 12.92, edging out Elrica Anne Guro (Iloilo) at 12.95.

In the Women’s 100 Hurdles, there were 10 entries and they were divided into 2 heats with the top 3 from both heats being awarded the medals. Karen was back in action she didnt disappoint winning 14.80 into a -1.0 headwind. Claiming sole ownership of the meet record which was 15.7 Rocena Chua (Laguna) set at Iloilo in 2012 and her mark of 16.46 set last year. A very dominating win Karen’s nearest pursuer was over seconds behind clocking in at 17.19.


400 Meter Battle

Meanwhile, in the girls, 400 Meters the two entries for the ASEAN School Games both drew the third heat Palaro 800 Champion De Josef (Aklan) won this over Feiza Jane Lenton (Leyte) with both girls getting ET. PB of 59.79 and 1.00.12. Another ASEAN Schools representative in the 400 Hurdles Gemalyn Pino, 14 won the second heat in 1.00.36.

In the final Anjelica who was suffering some recurring injury issues succumbed this time to Feiza who won in a PB of 59.1, Anjelica came in for silver in 59.3. Pino took the bronze in 1.00.2. Feiza broke the meet record of Jaycie Beronio of 1.00.8 set last year, while Anjelica’s time in the heat is the electronic record for the event.

 1500 was without Anjelica who holds the record in that event also it was Marisol

Amarga the Milo Little Olympic Champion won the event in 4:57.89 some 5 seconds slower than the meet record.

Karen then teamed with Feiza, Pino, and her new buddy from LSA Justine Catindoy to win the girl’s 4×100 in 51.13. Which was a new electronic meet record but outside the meet record of 50.6ht set by LSA two years ago.

Gianelli Gatinga (Taguig) the Milo Little Olympic champion won the Long Jump in 5.04m, in the High Jump Judith Paquieroa (South Cotabato) not only tied the meet record of Leah Taltala but also scalped Taltala who could only manage the bronze this year.

Mariel Buer (South Cotabato) broke Jewel Manaig’s meet record from last year (11.36m) with a throw of 11.49m.


2014 Batang Pinoy Finals Day 2: Karen and Feiza go five for five

Two 15-year-olds from the Leyte Sports Academy (LSA). Karen Janario and Feiza Lenton brought their medal tallies to five golds each as the Batang Pinoy Final concluded. Both girls had joined the Philippine school team at the ASEAN School Games the week before.

Feiza began off by showing her vast range of events by adding the 3000m title. In a new best-of 10:56.7 to her 400m title the other day. Feiza turned the tables on Anjelica De Josef. De Josef who had beaten Feiza at the Kalibo qualifiers. By running 2.19.56 to Anjelica 2.21.06. Both girls ran under the 2.21.39 meet record set last year by Anjelica.

Her buddy Karen showed ‘All was well’ by going through the third heat with the fastest time of the 200 girls with 25.6 passing her 25.7 (ht) record. Jaycie Beranio (Negros) silver medalist this in this event last year kind of followed Karen through in the same heat in 26.7. While Jessel Lumapas (Dasmarinas) won the second heat also in 26.7.

Janario came back later in the day to add her third individual gold medal and fourth medal of the tournament with a time of 25.72 in the final, outside her personal best of 25.23 set at

ASEAN Schools where she had won the silver. Unfortunately, there was no wind reading recorded hence the official record stays with Jaycie Beronio at 26.36 from last year, while the 25.72 (considered a winded time). Beronio landed second in 26.54 and Lumpas third in 26.80. Guro withdrew from the race due to injuries.

Enrico Avila won the boy’s race in 23.56 which was wind-aided by +2.5.

Janario then teamed up with Feiza, Gemalyn Pino, and Justine Catindoy. To take the meet record with a time of 4.04.19. In the girls 4×400 battering down the old time of 4.07.8. That the Leyte team set last year having Catindoy instead of Olorvida.


Hurdles Finals divided into sections

In the boy’s 400 Hurdles 17 athletes were divided into three heats and the top three times overall were awarded the medals. Marjun Sulleza ran 57.8 and was 1 second away from the meet record of Alexis Soqueno (Bacolod) (56.8).

While in the girl’s event a similar arrangement with 14 girls divided into 2 heats. The top three times were awarded the medals.  Pino (LSA) who had competed in this event at ASEAN School Games won the first heat in 1.07.6. However in the second heat Ezel.

Divingracia (Iloilo) clocked a slightly faster time of 1.07.5 to claim the gold with Pino settling for silver. Both girls ran below the hand-timed meet record of 1.07.7 Paula Bardaje (Marikina) set in Iloilo 2012.

It was also a neck-to-neck finish in the boy’s 2000m Walk. With Arnel Unto (General Santos City) getting the nod over Rolando Bandarlipe (Pangasinan) 11.24.23 (ht) to 11.24.29 (ht).


Other Meet Records tumble

While in the women 80% of the women’s records fell, only one record was broken in the Boys. Gianelli Gatinga improved on her recent performance of 11.59m to win the Milo Little Olympics to shatter her meet record of 10.99m last year registering a new PB of 11.64m. The 14-year-old from Taguig City had just missed out on being short-listed for the ASEAN School Games but is within range of the 11.79m qualifying mark for next year.

The only boys’ record to fall came on the first day with Tyrone Flores throwing 14.10m with the 5kg shotput to break his 13.24m record.

Monica Louise Andaya,15 one of the many daughters of legendary coach Rosito Andaya. Demolished her Javelin record with 500 grams throwing 40.66m. Improving her mark from last year of 38.42m.

Also on the first day, In the women’s 2000m walk the top three all went under the old meet record of 10.52.62. Set by Mary Jane Mantilla (Laguna) in Iloilo 2012. Mariz Sabado won in 10.22.73 with her Pangasinan teammate Jheneva Eleria second in 10.23.12 and third went to Theresa Pantaliano of Brgy. Bunga Salvador Benedicto in 10.43.63.


12 New Girls Records Set

A total of twelve records were set in Girl’s Athletics. This is the most in the history of the games. Apart from 2011 when the records were initially established. Karen Janario broke three of her records in the 100, 200, and 100 Hurdles. Karen broke 100 Hurdles by a massive margin lowering 16.46 to 14.80. She also helped her Leyte Sports Academy team to a 51.13 clocking.

In Boys however, only two records were set Michael Lawrence Lopez (Cebu) in the 100m and Tyronne Flores (Negros) in the Boys 5kg Shotput.

 A Full updated list of records can be viewed here


Where are they now the record holders?

It’s interesting to note considerable success has followed the Record Holders of the Batang Pinoy. Five of them Janario, Lenton, Pino, and Escoton all from Leyte, and De Josef of Aklan. All qualified for the 2014 ASEAN School Games team.

While Gatinga is 11.64m (needs 11.79m x 3). Andaya 40.66m (ranked #3) has a good chance of qualifying for the 2015 ASEAN School Games team and just missed out on selection for 2014.

All of the above except Pino and Escoton won medals at the ASEAN School Games. With Karen remarkably breaking the 100 Hurdle Junior Record. Shortly before the 2014 Batang Pinoy even started.

In the Boys Rutaquio, Soqueno, Belibestre, and Nabong were selected for the ASEAN School Games team. Rutaquio and Belibestre both won silver medals. While Contic was selected for the 2014 ASEAN School Games team but was uncontactable and Balejboco was close but just missed out.


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