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2014 Palarong Pambansa Athletics Day 4

Continued from

2014 Palarong Pambansa Athletics Day 3

Spicy Golds Delivered by Bicol Tracksters

May 8, 2014

Jhah Dale Besmonte of Bicol Region Athletic Association (BRAA)
Jhan Dale Besmonte of the Bicol Region Athletic Association (BRAA)

Photos and Text: Airnel T. Abarra for Pinoyathletics.info

SANTA CRUZ, LAGUNA- Jhan Dale Besmonte and Edwin Requillas III cooked a sizzling victory. They captured gold in 110m hurdles and 400m dash, elementary boys, during the day five-Athletics tournament at the 2014 Palarong Pambansa here at Laguna Sports Complex, Brgy. Bubukal Sta. Cruz, Laguna on 08-May. Besmonte captured a surprising first-place finish in 110m Hurdles by clocking 17.0 seconds, while Requillas III captured gold on 400m with a time of 55 seconds flat.

The Bicolano tandem simmered the first Athletics gold for Region V in this year’s Palaro. Besmonte, who hails from San Jose, Pili, Camarines Sur (CamSur), is a CamSur Sports Academy product. At the same time, Requillas hails from Ligao City, Albay.

Official results uploaded as of 7:21 PM 08-May:

Eastern Visayas’ Leah Creer Captures 400m Crown.

May 8, 2014

Leah Joan Creer on her last meter stride.
Leah Joan Creer (257) on her final stretch at 400m dash.

Photos and Text: Airnel T. Abarra for Pinoyathletics.info

SANTA CRUZ, LAGUNA- Leah Joan Creer of Palo, Leyte reigns supreme in the 400m dash during the day five Athletics tournament at the 2014 Palarong Pambansa here at Laguna Sports Complex, Brgy. Bubukal Sta. Cruz, Laguna on 08-May. The Leytena sprinter snatched her first Athletics gold and added another one for her region’s medal haul.

Creer, the silver medalist in the century dash on 07-May, focused under pressure and winning form and clocked 59.3 seconds despite training hardships as she came from the Typhoon Yolanda-devastated province.

As her home turf, Leyte Sports Complex in Tacloban City was damaged, it didn’t affect her as well as her teammates. Creer and her teammates performed well under the mentorship of Coach Trece Academia. Creer, who just finished high school, plans to study at De La Salle University-Manila and her 100m dash princess Mary Anthony Diesto next year.

Monic Grace Gulac's Strong Finish at the 400m dash.
Monic Grace Gulac’s Strong Finish at the 400m dash.

Meanwhile, on the elementary distaff side, Monic Grace Gulac of SOCKSARGEN Region stunned her rivals. She did a strong finish in 400m elementary girls hitting the finish with a time of 1:01.9 minutes. The Sinolon, South Cotabato stand-out added another gold for her region, which is also a candidate host for 2015 Palaro.

Official results uploaded as of 7:09 PM 08-May:

 

Emerging High Jumper Alexis Soqueno breaks Palaro High Jump Record

May 8, 2014

Alexis Soqueno breaks the Palaro Record Photo by Timeline/Roy Secretario
Alexis Soqueno breaks the Palaro Record
Photo by Timeline/Roy Secretario photo retrieved from PalarongPambansa2014 Facebook page.

Alexis Soqueno registered a leap of 1.93m to break the Palaro Record of Paolo Martinez (STCAA) from 2002, which had stood at 1.90m. The first palaro title for the Western Visayas athlete is schoolmates with Palaro Long Jump Champion Jerry Belibestre 7.08m. The boys attend the tiny school of Romansita Maravilla in Bacolod, which has produced six champions from Batang Pinoy, Palaro, and PNG Youth Division in the last three years.

The duo is trained by brother-sister team Miguel Arca and Addy Arca.

Soqueno has had a very consistent season registering his personal best of 1.95m at the weekly relays in Bacolod, winning the Batang Pinoy title in Bacolod in 1.93m, winning the Western Visayas in Antique in 1.91m, and then adding the Palaro Record to his resume.

Soqueno’s performances were good enough for him to win the Gold at the ASEAN Youth Games, which was the last time he succeeded in 1.90m had he been sent.

The 16-year-old will next compete at the National Games in Manila, where he will be the hot favorite to win the Junior High Jump title; undoubtedly, his performance also will guarantee his selection for the ASEAN Schools at the end of the year in Manila. At the same time, a version of 2.00m is required to qualify for Asian Juniors.

2014 Palarong Pambansa Athletics Day 5

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