Tabal Trebble, Poliquit defends title in Milo Marathon Finals Dec 6, 2015 Same Winners from last year Tabal and Poliquit in the center. With Afro Haired Rio Dela Cruz on the Left. ; Milo Marathon 2015 Results in Full Results Here https://results.chronotrack.com/event/results/event/event-18078\ ; Tabal Third Straight Title 26-year-old Mary Joy Tabal of Cebu notched her third consecutive win in the Women's Division of the Milo Marathon. Tabal, who is the SEA Games Silver medalist in Singapore, took the win in 2h48.16. Just outside her meet Record of 2:48.00 established two years ago. Tabal finished second behind a Kenyan runner who clocked 2:43. In wet miserable conditions, Tabal took her third win. Only two women have more with Arsenia Sagaray with five titles in 1992, 1993, 1994, 1996, and 1997. And Christabel Martes with four titles in 1999, 2000, 2001, and 2009. Tabal started joining Milo Marathon events in 2010, playing second fiddle to Martes, Banayag, Manipol, and Mary Grace Delos Santos to begin with. Tabal is a former member of the national team after resigning from PATAFA a few months back. Tabal will next do the Cebu and Boston Marathons to hit the tough Olympic Standard, now 2h42. Tabal and her coach Philip Duenas are working towards that. Three for Tabby 2011 and 2012 Champion Mary Grace Delos Santos clocked in second in a time of 3h02. Grace, who had two SEA Games with no medal in 2013, wasn't able to qualify. And then in 2015, a disappointing last in the 10,000m after failing to qualify for the Marathon event. Bounced somewhat with a time under the slow 2015 SEA Games Gold medal-winning time of 3h03.25. Which should see her retain her spot in the national team as it meets the criteria required for an athlete with 2 SEA Games in a row with no medal. By hitting the SEA Games gold medal standard. Also hitting the SEA Games, the gold medal standard was Christabel Martes (who in 1999 became the youngest champion in Milo Marathon history at 19). Martes, now 35, also clocked 3h02. Just a few seconds behind Delos Santos. However, she took a wrong turn towards the 21k finish line, which caused her to lose around a minute. The Philippines can only select two athletes for the SEA Games per event. Which will be held in Malaysia in 2017. Rafael Poliquit defended his Milo Marathon title in 2h36. Under the SEA Games bronze qualification mark of 2h37.10. Poliquit, who last year moved up to Marathon from 5k and 10k. I was the surprise winner of last year's Milo Marathon. The late Rosito Andaya coached the former FEU athlete. Not blessed with speed but relies more on surging tactics. Coach (Dick) Beardsley told me its not the fastest who wins the (Marathon) but the smartest. Today wasnt about the time it was about the win. National Record Holder and Multiple SEA Games champion in several events Eduardo Buenavista, 37. He faded out of the picture entirely and never really featured in the race. 2011 SEA Games Silver Medallist Eric Panique, who has been unable to train much due to the Philippine Army duties, wound up around 8th place. The Milo Marathon was held in Clark this year due to two other road running events at MOA and Luneta. "Turn out was quite good this year we had around 15,000 entries. I'm quite happy without everything turned out today." Said Milo Race Organizer Rio Dela Cruz had been a key driving force behind this event for many years now. Sources: http://rununlimited.blogspot.com/2009/06/33rd-milo-marathon.html http://www.philstar.com/sports/513079/sabal-wins-milo-run-finishing-kick http://www.sunstar.com.ph/cebu/sports/2015/12/04/gunning-grand-slam-445204

Last Updated on January 25, 2023 by Andrew Pirie

2014 Milo Marathon

Continued from:

2013 Milo Marathon

Master Endurance is now the Milo Marathon Champion; Tabby Defends her title

Dec 14, 2014

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After years of hardship, Rafael Poliquit of the Philippine Airforce. Also known as ‘Master Endurance,’ finally won the Milo Marathon crown in 2014. The 25-year-old is a UAAP Standout for FEU. And former national champion over 5000 and 10000m bested some of the sport’s legends. Poliquit won in a personal best time of 2:32.29. Finishing fourth behind three Kenyans who all registered 2:21 but were the first Filipino athlete home.

The second was National Record Holder, and former SEA Games champion Eduardo Buenavista, 36 (Airforce). Milo Marathon Manila Leg champion Erinio Raquin was third at 2:35.60. While SEA Games bronze medalist Eric Panique faded to fourth place with 2:37.24. Followed closely by Noel Tillor and National 10,000m Champion Julius Sermona.

The Womens Division saw a battle of four former Milo Marathon Queens. However, last year’s champion Mary Joy Tabal, 25 of Cebu, dusted off the field with a win in 2:51.55, which was well ahead of her nearest pursuer.

Former multiple Milo women’s champions. Double SEA Games champion and National Record Holder Christabel Martes (Baguio), 34, a mother of one. Made a remarkable comeback to improve this year to second place with a time of 3:03.49. She held off the 2011-2012 Milo Champion/ National 10,000m Champion and PATAFA training pool member Mary Grace Delos Santos (Airforce), 27. Who clocked 3:05.34 for third place.

Jhoann Banayag (Army), 32, a former SEA Games champion, multiple milo champion, and mother of one made a return this year to finish fourth in 3.07.59. Following closely behind was national triathlete Miscelle Gilbuena (Airforce). And Criselyn Jaro (Airforce) one of the three famous Jaro sisters.

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SEA Games selection Women Cut and Dry / Men’s Difficult

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The Women’s selection is fairly cut and dry for the 2015 SEA Games. As the qualifying period is from December 2013 to March 2015. Only one athlete has run below the 2h49.01 bronze standard of the 2013 SEA Games. Mary Joy Tabal clocked 2h48.00 during the 2013 Milo Marathon in December. Which is the fastest ever time recorded for that course. Even though at the Milo Marathon, she was only able to clock 2h51.55. She was still undefeated by locals. And the delay in scheduling the race by one week would have affected her performance.

As there are now only six months to go before the next SEA Games. There is not ample time for another Marathon to be run as two Marathons a year is usually the maximum. Any further attempts to qualify may lead to exhaustion for the SEA Games Marathon, scheduled on June 7.

The two other place-getters at the Milo Marathon still have a good chance to qualify in the National Open on March 19-22 in the 10,000m event. Mary Grace Delos Santos was only 6 seconds outside the standard at the Philippine National Games last May.

While the Women’s is cut and dry on selection for the 2015 SEA Games. The men’s is a bit more complicated. Only two athletes have gone under the Bronze standard for the SEA Games in the qualification period.

Eduardo Buenavista 2013 Milo Marathon in December registered 2.27.14. Bertek’s time was faster than the winner of the last SEA Games, Mok Yin Reng of Singapore, who timed 2:28.36.  While Eric Panique, who clocked 2.30.30 at the last SEA Games to win the bronze, has medalled at the last two SEA Games.

 

King Poliquit

While Poliquit has defeated both the SEA Qualifiers, his time of 2:32.29 is outside the SEA Standard of 2.30.30 by nearly two minutes.

The question is now who to send out of three as only two can be sent to SEA Games 2015 in Mens Marathon

Poliquit, who was removed from the training pool after finishing fifth behind four non-national athletes at the national games, should strongly be considered for reinstatement. He should also be commended for the win over two SEA Games veterans.

However, it would be up to the selectors’ discretion and the task force whether to include him in the SEA Games. As if one athlete who has not made the bronze medal standard is allowed. It may cause other non-medal standard athletes also to appeal and then put inconsistency in the selection methodology. If other factors are to be considered, then it’s worth an appeal, other factors such as the athlete’s age, the course type, and his newness to the event.

Milo Marathon Eliminations: Erinio is King of the Raq!

July 29, 2014

Milo Elimination winners Erinio Raquin and Mary Grace Delos Santos.
Milo Elimination winners Erinio Raquin and Mary Grace Delos Santos.

Erinio Raquin took out the Mens Milo Eliminations with a win in the Marathon with 2 hours 31.15. Raquin is from the training stable of National Coach Luisito ‘Ojon’ Artiaga (which includes SEA Games steeples champion Christopher Ulboc and multiple SEA Games silver medalist Mervin Guarte).

He has the best time of 2 hours 30.21 from last year’s eliminations where he narrowly lost to Eric Panique, the 2013 SEA Games bronze medalist in this event.

Raquin was very close to getting the second spot in the 2013 SEA Games but was removed in the last round of cuts by the PSC-POC task force last year. The second was Davao’s Jeson Agravanate (2h38.36), ahead of last year’s 5000 and 10000m National Champion Rafael Poliquit (2h44.15).

 

Grumpy Grace

The womens side was won by multiple former Milo Marathon winners and National Games 10000m Champion Mary Grace Delos-Santos (3h08.15), who needs a time of 2h49.01 to qualify for the SEA Games. Like Raquin, Delos-Santos was also removed from the last round of selections for the SEA Games by the task force. Jennelyn Nobleza (3h17.43) and Aileen Tolentino (3h33.04) completed the top three.

In the Women’s 21K, former SEA Games Marathon Champion Jhoann Banayag won in 1h30.33. Banayag, who ended her stint with the national team after giving birth last year, is on the comeback trail. Former Milo girl and national athlete Ann Barcena finished third in  1h33.53.

 

Road Running Philippines – Buenavista, Dela Torre conquer Milo Tarlac 21k

By MST Sports | Jul. 14, 2014, at 12:01 am

TARLAC City—­Reigning MILO Marathon King Eduardo Buenavista and FEU Manila varsity runner Mary Grace Dela Torre bested their rivals in the 21K division run at the 38th National MILO Marathon on Sunday in Tarlac City.

Almost 13,000 runners joined this leg, and 39 qualified for the National Finals.

Buenavista and Dela Torre were awarded a cash prize of P10,000, a trophy, and a  spot in the National Finals on Dec. 7. MILO will be sending this season’s MILO Marathon King and Queen to compete alongside elite runners from across the globe in the 2015 Tokyo Marathon.

Five-time MILO Marathon titlist Buenavista emerged victorious with a time of 01:10:30, finishing ahead of Ferdinand Corpuz (01:14:36) and Jujet Pacsis De Asis (01:15:34). 21K first-timer Dela Torre posted a time of 01:46:38, beating contenders Rowena Valdez (01:48:30) and Shane Acosta (01:49:58).

The two-time Olympian and three-time SEA Games gold medalist Buenavista persevered through the hot and dry weather conditions and pushed on to claim another sweet victory.

“The weather today was challenging. I’m used to the cold weather in Baguio, where I train with the national team. Thankfully there are adequate water stations throughout the race to help us cool down,” shared the athlete fondly called Vertek by his friends.

The 35-year-old native of South Cotabato is a sergeant of the Philippine Air Force and a member of the Philippine National Team. “I am focused on my training, and my target is to win in the finals. Because of MILO, I was able to experience running in the 2014 Paris Marathon. I would like to defend my crown as MILO Marathon King and run in the Tokyo Marathon next year.”

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Road Running Philippines – Master Endurance – Poliquit – very serious about defending his 10k title at PNG

April 14, 2014

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Camino, Poliquit, and Salano with the fuzzy-haired race organizer Rio Dela Cruz on the left.

25-year-old Rafael Poliquit was the surprise winner of the National 5k and 10k titles beating the legendary Eduardo Buenavista in blanket finishes at last year’s National Games in Manila. Poliquit, who missed out on a slot to the SEA Games, then was dealt a defeat by Richard Salano of UE in the 5k and the 10k at the UAAP.

The Master, who recently was able to beat 3K Steeple Chase Champion Christopher Ulboc in a 5k run, continued to show fine form leading up to PNG with a win at the Del Run organized by Rio Dela Cruz in Marikina, winning a race just over 10k on Road in 33.06 minutes, this time he held off NCAA Newcomer Immuel Camino of Arellano who was runner up in the 1500,3k steeples and 5k during that event (Camino has the best time of 15.08 which is better than Poliquit PB) and Salano. The race started in the oval and then went out onto the road and then back into the oval.

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Road Running Philippines – A Strong field in PNG

Poliquit, who is coached by 2001 SEA Games Marathon Champion Roy Vence. Wants to show he is earnest about defending his 10k title at the National Games. And his win last year was not just some one-hit-wonder. It will be a strong field with Poliquit expected to go head to head. With National Record Holder and multiple SEA Games gold medalist Buenavista, former multiple sea games medalist Julius Sermona, UAAP Champion Salano, and SEA Games 2013 Marathon Bronze Medalist Eric Panique, among others in what will be a strong field.

While Poliquit’s best time of 32.02.49 to win the National title pails in comparison to his older opponents’ best times, he had the fastest time last year in the 5k and 10k. Poliquit hopes he can lower his best performance at this coming PNG.

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Poliquit with Coach Vence

 

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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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