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2014 Philippine Athletics Roundup January


Young athletes aiming for World Juniors (January 2014)

Kyla and Kayla Richardson GOOD JOB!
Kyla and Kayla Richardson GOOD JOB!

Meanwhile, last year’s season leader 15-year-old Kayla Richardson clocked a slightly windy 12.04 (+2.2) and 24.85 (-0.9). For some very easy wins at the Jim Polite Invitational in Los Angeles. To qualify for the World Juniors in Oregon in July she must hit the qualifying criteria of 11.90 and 24.50. Richardson has a personal best of  11.79s and 24.20s.

One of three Fil-Heritage vaulters who currently have a passport 18-year-old Paris Pijuan. Pijuan was in action at the Ben Brown invite. He improved his seasons best to 4.75m to finish third. Just outside his personal best from last season of 4.80m. Pijuan must clear 5.05m to qualify for World Juniors and 5.00m to hit bronze standard for SEA Games.

Sure to add more depth to mens Pole Vault teenager Paris Pijuan.
Sure to add more depth to mens Pole Vault teenager Paris Pijuan.

Phi Athletic Roundup – Week 4 – Pijuan Impresses

Newly found Filipino vaulter 17-year-old Paris Pijuan had the performance of the week with his leap of 4.90m at the Spring Break Invitational at UC Irvine. Pijuan whose father is a former PBA player then had three failed attempts at 5.01m. The mark of 4.90m was just 5 cm away from the Junior Record of Ernest John Obiena. Pijuan requires a leap of 5.05m to qualify for world juniors in Oregon in July and 5.00m to break the Philippine Record and SEA Games bronze medal standard for 2015.

Tyler Ruiz who finished 4th at the 2013 SEA Games in the High Jump recorded a season-best of 2.11m, slowly getting towards his best leap of 2.17m set last year at the USC Trojan meet before having three failed attempts at 2.16m. The SEA Games bronze standard is 2.13m.

Texas-based Donovont Ariola who is a friend of Eric Cray leaped a windy 7.50m (+5.3 m/s) just 3cm away from the SEA Games bronze medal for the 22-year-old who pledged alongside Pijuan and Ruiz to join the strong Philippine Airforce team at the National Games.

Donovant Arriola
Donovant Arriola

SEA Games 400 Hurdles champion and Philippine Record Holder Eric Cray opened his season with a 51.57s for the 400 Hurdles. Coach Keith Sharper reported that Cray could had gone faster but clipped the 6th Hurdle and had to regain his footing.

The Female Sprinters Griffey, Zion Nelson, and the Richardson twins had a well-earned rest this week, along with SEA Games 3000m Steeples Champion Jess Barnard.

The unsinkable Go Teng Kok

Mar 10, 2014

Fiery, outspoken and often controversial athletics chief Go Teng Kok won’t go quietly into the night.

At least not yet.

Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association president Go Teng Kok explains his position in the recent controversy involving his coaches during an interview, while at right, GTK shares a light moment with legendary pole vaulter Sergey Bubka,  who is currently the senior vice president of the International Associations of Athletics Federation (IAAF). 
Additional photos by Danny Simon


Practically out of the limelight for the past year because of an illness that sidelined him for several months,  Go, or simply Teng Kok or GTK  to friends and colleagues,  is back to his usual self  —a passionate and fiery sports leader who speaks his mind when he believes he is right—never mind who gets hit in the process.


‘Kapag sa tingin ko at alam ko na tama ako, na tama yung ipinaglalaban ko,  laban talaga ako.  Pero pag mali ako, I would say sorry,”  Go says,  summing up  a personal philosophy often misconstrued by most people as mere pigheadedness or just part of a rebellious nature.


Go’s latest  ‘tirade’  surrounds the issue involving his two longtime coaches,  Joseph Sy and Roselyn  Hamero,   whom the Philippine Sports Commission, through the recommendation of Commissioner Jolly Gomez,  had suspended.  The suspension also meant that their monthly stipend of P20,000 each was also withheld.

In meting out the suspension,  Gomez cited as reasons the alleged “negligence and tampering of the attendance and record of the athletes”  committed by the two coaches.  Sy and Hamero, however, had denied the accusations.

Read the full article here

2014 Asian Grand Prix Athletics is Cancelled

Mar 7, 2014

A word from the AAA is the Asian Grand Prix has been canceled, this is bad news for most of our athletes such as Hurdler/Sprinter Eric Cray, Jumper Dagmil, and the Men’s 4x400m relay team who all won golds at the SEA Games.

They were looking at using this meet as preparation for the Asian Games. The move came shortly after neither Cray or Dagmil were sent to the World Indoors in Sopot as the PATAFA had run out of time to secure the visas for these athletes.

Asian Grand Prix Series 2014 is canceled.


It was initially set for 28 Apr, 2 & 5 May this 2014.


“Kindly note that the Asian Grand Prix Series 2014 will not be held this year. The reason being our two regular hosts, Thailand and China will be Organising two major events, the Asian Youth Games Selection Trials and the Youth Olympic Games, Nanjing, China.  Looking forward to your understanding on this matter.”


With kind regards
Maurice Nicholas
Asian Athletics Association

Phi Athletics Weekly Round-Up – February 2014 – Week 1 – (asian indoors selection)

Asian Indoor Championships China


The Philippines will be represented by four athletes at the Asian Indoor Championships in Hangzhou China Feb 15-16. Three SEA Games Gold medalists will see action US-based Eric Cray, Henry Dagmil and Jesson Ramil Cid. As well as Ernest John Obiena who will be going after the standard for the World Juniors. They will be accompanied by PATAFA coaches Sean Guevara and Arnold Villarube.

Cray who is the SEA Games 400 Hurdles gold medalist and has been competing recently in the US, holds the National Records in five events 110 and 400 Hurdles and indoor 60,60 Hurdles and 200m. There is no 200m in this meet Cray has best times of 6.77 (bronze last Asian Indoors was 6.78), and 7.86 in 60 Hurdles (bronze 2012 was 7.85). The qualifying standard for the world champs next month in Sopot, Poland is 6.65 and 7.70.

Henry Dagmil who has a lifetime PB of 7.99, and regained his SEA Games title (3rd title) in the long jump with a 7.80m leap last December, the medalists leaped 7.98, 7.63 and 7.62 respectively.

Meanwhile, Cid the SEA Games Decathlon champ will try his luck in the Heptathlon (7 events indoors composed of the following 60m, Long Jump, Shotput, High Jump, 60 Hurdles, Pole Vault and 1000m). Cid broke the Philippine Record with 7038 pts in Myanmar.

18-year-old Ernest John Obiena although far off the 5.30m bronze, who placed fourth in the SEA Games with 4.90m holds the National Junior Record at 4.95m. Obiena is targeting the 5.05m qualification required to go to the World Juniors next July in Oregon, USA. He will need to also pass by the long-standing 5.00m national record of 3 times SEA Games Champion Edward Lasquette (Fil-Heritage).



Fil-Heritage Records and Rankings

The Following Fil-Heritage athletes have presented their Filipino passports and compete for the Philippines in Athletics or are eligible to compete for the Philippines if they make the qualification criteria set by the PATAFA.

The athletes are eligible for National Records if set from the day after their passports were acquired.

Only the following athletes are also entitled to have their performances dating back to Jan 1 of the year they acquired their performances listed on the National Ranking Lists.


  1. Eric Cray (SEA Games Gold 400 Hurdles)
  2. Jessica Barnard (SEA Games Bronze 3k Steeples)
  3. Tyler Ruiz
  4. Julio Miguel Alorro
  5. Princess Joy Griffey
  6. Kayla Richardson
  7. Kyla Richardson
  8. Zion Corrales-Nelson
  9. Alyana Nicolas

Phi Athletics Weekly Round Up – February 2014 – Week 2 – (asian indoors results)

ASIAN INDOORS Cray and crew set National Indoor Records

Asian Record Holder in the 100m Nigerian-import for Qatar Samuel Francis won the asian indoors against our very own Eric Cray in 60m.
Asian Record Holder in the 100m Nigerian-import for Qatar Samuel Francis won the Asian indoors against our very own Eric Cray in 60m.

As the build-up continues for the 2014 Philippine National Games scheduled May 24 to June 1 in Pasig several Filipino athletes saw action and will be seeing action tomorrow at various locations around the globe.

At the Asian Indoor Championships February 15-16 in Huangzhou China, Eric Cray tied his National Record in the heats in 6.77s, qualifying for the finals. In the finals, he was up against a class field and finished fifth in 6.75s (again breaking his Filipino Record), this was .1 seconds away from the qualifying mark for the world indoors in Sopot (6.65s).

Cray finished behind Asian 100m Record Holder (9.99s) Samuel Francis (6.61s) of Qatar, Femi Ogunode (6.62s) of Qatar  (PB 10.07) the 2010 Asian Games Gold medalist in the 200 and 400, with reigning 2012 Asian indoor champion Reza Ghasemi taking bronze in 6.68s (PB 10.16). It was a good effort from Cray whose best time is 10.52 for the 100m, but he only ran it once in the space of 2-3 years.

Francis and Ogunode are Nigerian imports who were naturalized and now run for Qatar. Francis broke the long-standing Asian record of Koji Ito of Japan 10.00s a few years ago.

Cray was placed in the slower B Final which he won but the four contenders in the A Final ran faster times.

Unfortunately in the 60 Hurdles Cray hit the first hurdle and wasn’t able to finish the race. Henry Dagmil is also entered in long jump and Jesson Cid in Heptathlon. No results reported yet.

*reported by Cray’s coach Keith Sharper, photo finish required to confirm records

Asian Indoors round up

Jesson Cid fully focussed.
Jesson Cid fully focussed.

SEA Games Decathlon champion and RP Record Holder Jesson Ramil Cid was coming second after the 60m with 7.07, but his opposition proved too strong in the shot put (11.35m) and High Jump (1.84m) where he finished last and now ranks seventh after 3 events, with 4 events to go on day 2. Karpov of Kazakhstan the Asian record holder in the Decathlon leads with 3246 points.

Meanwhile SEA Games Champion and Record Holder Henry Dagmil finished sixth with 7.43m. The bronze medal was 7.76m.

Overall it was a good outcome for the three-man team who placed 5th, 6th, and 6th. Although not as big a meet as the Asian Games the results show a lot of Asia’s best athletes participated here. The team between then broke or set 6 National Indoor records 


Philippines Indoor Records Broken

  • Eric Cray 6.75s 5th in 60m Final (broke own record prev 6.77s)
  • Henry Dagmil 7.43m 6th in Long Jump (broke prev 7.28m Joebert Delano)
  • Jesson Ramil Cid 6th in Heptathlon 4565 (broke)
  • Also, Shotput 11.35m (broke prev 10.85m Arnold Villarube)
  • High Jump 1.84m (new established, no previous record)
  • 1000m 2:46.55 (newly established, no previous record)

asian indoor results 2014


Looking at the results if Filipina sprinter Princess Joy Griffey had been sent with the other three, based on her best time this year of 7.58 she would have finished fifth if she had run to her personal best (7.47 from 2010) she would have hit bronze medal.


Ruiz and others in action previous weeks

Meanwhile another Fil-Heritage athlete Tyler Ruiz high jumped 2.08m on his third attempt at the Don Kirby Elite at Alberquerque New Mexico. Ruiz was fourth at the SEA Games. Ruiz had 3 fails at 2.13m. Ruiz’s best is 2.17m.


the previous week,

Fil-Heritage High Jumper Tyler Ruiz who has a PB of 2.17m opened with 2.09m at a meet in Naperville 25.01.14. Ruiz who acquired his dual citizenship before the SEA Games finished 4th in 2.09m. He will need to leap 2.17m+ again to claim the National Record which currently belongs to National Coach Sean Guevarra.

Ernest Obiena bending the pole.
Ernest Obiena bending the pole.

Ernest John Obiena leaped 4.90m in Singapore open, the presence of competition helped Sean Lim of Singapore to a new Singapore national record of 4.90m, from his previous best of 4.83m. Obiena leaped 4.80m in Singapore a few weeks ago 19-year-old EJ is aiming for the 5.05m standard to qualify for world juniors he finished 4th at the SEA Games also against much more experienced vaulters. Obiena holds the junior record at 4.95m, to get the qualification for the world juniors he would have to bypass the national record of former olympian and Fil Heritage vaulter Ed Lasquette.


Other Results

Bacolod born Princess Joy Griffey ran a seasons best of 7.56 seconds


The #2 Filipina Pole Vaulter Alyana Nicolas was only able to manage a 3.10m vault at the Coast Conference classic 14.02.14 well off her best of 3.47m.


At the Simplot games, Kyla Richardson clocked a Filipina season leading 25.31 indoors in the 200m (worth around 24.8 outdoors).


Phi Athletics Weekly Round Up – February 2014 – Week 3

  Paris Pijuan acquires Filipino Passport.

Sure to add more depth to mens Pole Vault teenager Paris Pijuan.
Sure to add more depth to men’s Pole Vault teenager Paris Pijuan.

Filipino American Vaulter Paris Pijuan became the latest Fil-Heritage athlete to acquire a Filipino Passport. Pijuan was born in 1996 and is coached by Estelle Naito, formally coached by Brooks Morris. Pijuan is the son of a former PBA player he has a personal best of 4.80m.

Pijuan who acquired the passport on January 16, 2014 is now eligible for any national junior records, indoor and national records from this date onwards and also dating back to January 1 of 2014 is eligible for his performances to be submitted on the Filipino Ranking list. Pijuan opening leap this year was 4.52m on 17.02.14 at Fresno.

The National Junior Record is held by Ernest John Obiena at 4.95m. Both Obiena and Pijuan need to leap 5.05m to qualify for the World Juniors this July in Oregon, US.


ISM Meet

Notable results from the International school meet at Manila included Palaro Silver medalist, teenager Joshua Patulud  (DLS Zobel) throwing 54.96m to win the Men’s Javelin event.

His school mate Alvin Vergel clocked 14.8 (junior height) to win the 110 Hurdles.

Meanwhile, at Washington, Fil-Heritage sprinter Princess Joy Griffey won the WSU Open II meet with a season best 7.54 in the 60m.

No other results reported this weekend athletes such as Cray were having a rest week.



Andrew is an ATFS Statiscian in Athletics with a wide range of knowledge in measurable sports. 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 is current editor and chief of, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program. Currently, he is coaches Sprints, Middle and Jump events he is working towards his Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles.

He can be contacted on [email protected]

By Andrew Pirie

Andrew is an ATFS Statiscian in Athletics with a wide range of knowledge in measurable sports. 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 is current editor and chief of, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program. Currently, he is coaches Sprints, Middle and Jump events he is working towards his Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles. He can be contacted on [email protected]

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