Last Updated on January 24, 2023 by Andrew Pirie
2014 Philippine National Games Athletics Day One (17.05.14) Round-Up (rev 2)
2014 PNG Athletics Day One
Article by Pirie & Airnel Abarra
Fil-Heritage bets take both century dash sprint titles
Cray whose mother is from Olongapo holds the best time of 10.47 in the 100m dash. Running for The Philippine Airforce had to run into a strong headwind and blew past his opponents. Cray’s effort was just short of the National Record held by Ralph Soguilon 10.45, set in 2007.
“I will get the record I just need another run,” said the 26-year-old Cray.
2011 and 2013 National Games Champion Eddie Edwards of Sabah was second in 10.91 (7th in SEA Games Finals for Malaysia) and Newcomer Noli Torres of DLSU Dasma got bronze in 11.01 beating national mainstays National Junior Record Holder Daniel Noval (11.15) and NCAA Record Holder Anfernee Lopena (11.15).
Meanwhile, another pleasing moment was seeing Princess Joy Griffey take the century dash title in 12.02 seconds. National training pool Hanelyn Loquinto was a distant second in 12.97 seconds, with Trisha Monsod third in 13.43.
Griffey’s performance for this year’s PNG fell shorter than her performance during the 100m heats on the same day which is 11.6 seconds and on her record of 11.58 seconds set in Eugene, Oregon last 2010.
Junior Men’s Sprint full of Drama
In the Boys, 100m dash race favorite Jomar Udtohan of San Sebastian was 4 strides clear with 20m to go. But then pulled up with a quad strain and limped home last. Udtohan was quickly taken to the hospital. The race then went to Michael Mana’y of Bacolod.
However, after several complaints Mana’y was disqualified as his date of birth was 21 March 1994 when the NSO Birth certificate was verified therefore was ineligible to play in the junior division which is for athletes born in 1995 and after. Many coach returned the gold and the medals are due to be redistributed.
UST Romnick Nor is to be given the gold (11.27), Lirasan of Bacolod the silver (11.35), and Galceran of FEU (11.55) the bronze.
Coach Joselito Gando of San Sebastian College – Recoletos said there was some risk in Udtohan’s participation in the PNG so soon after the Palaro. He said he instructed Udtohan not to risk injury if and when his body suddenly experiences trouble.
“We entered into only two events because we were aware of the risk. We also recognized that PNG organizers needed good runners to choose from for future competitions,” Gando told GMA News Online as the medics were with the athlete from San Rafael, Bulacan.
“Sayang. Kaya ko sana iyon. Malapit na,” Udtohan said, expressing his disappointment.
Coach Gando was quick to counsel the lad that his well-being was more important and that other races still lay ahead. “Marami pang ibang races,” the coach said.
Udtohan was later brought to a nearby hospital. Gando said in a text to GMA News Online that as per the doctor, the San Sebastian trackster had muscle spasms.
Leyte Sports Academy’s Leah Joan Creer and Karen Janario did another double medal haul in 100m junior girls. As they captured gold in silver in their first stint at PNG this year. Clocking at 12.70 seconds Creer who is also the 400m 2014 Palaro champion. Was joined by Karen Janario on the silver podium with a time of 12.77 seconds.
While UST stand-out Glaiza Salcedo finished third with a time of 12.78 seconds. Creer who plans to study at DLSU-Manila enabled to overpower her future teammate. The Palaro 2014 100m champ Mary Anthony Diesto during this tournament who had lost 4kg during her stay in Manila and finished last in the final.
Villarito hits the bronze standard
On the distaff throwers side, Bacolod’s Rosie Villarito reigns supreme. As she captured twin golds in women’s Shot Put and Javelin Throw by marking 11.30m and 48.55m. Villarito who is been Athletics national team staple trounced Evalyn Palabrica who lanced 39.66m and UP Diliman’s Jenelyn Arle who marked 38.11m in Javelin. While on the shot put, she nipped Rizza Sombilla of UST with a post of 11.23m and Lei Ann Tan of PAF marking 11.11m.
Their throw of Villarito is good enough to break the bronze medal standard for the SEA Games which is 48.30m in Javelin. Rosie only threw 48.00m last SEA Games for fourth. During this meet, some of Rosie’s foul throws were reported at over 50m.
Mixed Results for National Team
SEA Games champion Henry Dagmil defended his national title with 7.53m. It was National Junior champion Julian Fuentes who placed second in 7.20m, and UAAP Champion Janry Ubas was third in 7.13m. Training pool members Diones was fourth in 7.01m, and Joebert Delicano’s 6.90m wound up sixth. Fil-Heritage athlete Donovont Ariola was not able to match his best of 7.53m, after sustaining a hamstring injury and finished 8th in 6.67m.
National Team Member, Narcisa Atienza of Baguio City went for the curtain raiser gold medal in the Women’s High Jump. During day one Athletics competition of the 2014 Philippine National Games at the PhilSports Oval (ULTRA), Pasig City on 17 May.
Atienza jumped 1.70m which is enough to joust Joeann Bermudo of Philippine Air Force Team A (PAF-A), who leaped 1.60m, while landed third is University of the Philippines’ graduate Charrie Catahan now playing for PLDT with a mark of 1.55m.
Meanwhile, Baguio City Girl Katherine Santos jumped 5.87m which enable her to defend the long jump title over Felyn Dolloso of DLSU-Dasmarinas who leaped 5.39m, and Jannah Nurul who registered 5.13m which is still under the SEA Games standard which is set at 6.15m.
National Record Holder Marestella Torres could not compete on this year’s PNG. Because she just recently gave birth. But will resume competing overseas this June to qualify for the Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea. Santos is the 2011 SEA Games bronze medalist and holds a personal best of 6.25m at this meet.
SEA Games Silver medalist Arniel Ferrera of the Airforce defended his title in 57.34m but it was far from his personal best of 61.69m in the Hammer.
Men’s 400m Heats
It was an exciting set of Men’s 400 Heats with PRISAA Champion Joan Caido taking the first heat in a personal best of 48.59. SEA Games champion Archand Bagsit comfortably took the second heat in 47.56. It was an interesting fight in the second with 2007 SEA Games Champion and relay member 35-year-old Julius Nierras (48.31) holding off the challenge of his young airforce teammate Ryan Bigyan (48.80 PB) and Junrey Bano (48.95).
In the fourth heat Isidro Del Prado Jr another 4×4 relay national team member. It will be an interesting relay selection for the 2014 Asian Games with Bigyan and Caido both 20 years old looking at making names for themselves in the 4×400 relay.
Janda Breaks Junior High Jump Record
Angelica Janda competing for the Philippine Airforce tied the junior record of her FEU teammate Aprilen Laudencia registering a 1.66m leap. The 17-year-old Janda bested her FEU schoolmate Josefa Ligmayo 1.63m who was competing for Poveda and DLSU Maureen Schrijvers 1.60m.
Regan Contic of Baguio registered 41.25m in the boy’s discus to beat NCAA Champion Carlos Caong of CSB 40.35m.
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