Last Updated on January 24, 2023 by Andrew Pirie
2014 Philippine National Games Day 3
PNG Athletics Report – Day 3 (19.05.14) Results included
PNG Athletics Report – Day 3
Apologies for the delay in reporting as I was unable to access a good internet connection at Pasig, Phil Sports for most of the trip and was busy with other duties.
Last minute 4×100 Closes in on Record
The 4x100m relay team of Noli Torres, Archand Bagsit, Henry Dagmil, and Eric Cray came within .15 of the national record with 40.70s. Despite not having practiced together. Noli Torres started and handed the baton to Bagsit who made short work of his opponents down the back straight. Dagmil built a considerable lead around the bend before handing it over to Eric Cray.
The newly formed relay team and other possible members are looking at building for the Asian Games and SEA Games and have set goals high with Olympic and World qualifying. The Olympics requires the top 16 in the world and worlds requires top 24. A time around 39.4 to 39.8 would qualify the team for these major meets.
Class High Jump Men’s Final – four men over 2.00m
It was an all-star men’s High Jump Final with it being the first time in a national championship that four Filipino’s were able to clear 2.00m. SEA Games 4th placer Tyler Ruiz left the crowd biting their nails as it took him 3 attempts to clear 1.95m, 2.00m, and 2.05m.
Eventually, the confidence Ruiz built from the strong supporting crowd got him his first national title at his first national games with a 2.10m jump. Ruiz who has a Cuban father and Filipino mother has the best leap of 2.17m from last year.
The National Record of 2.17m belongs to national coach Sean Guevarra. Ruiz then raised the bar to 2.18m but missed on all three attempts. 2.13m and 2.19m are the standards for SEA Games and Asian Games.
“I should have started at a higher height i usually start at 2.05m, those multiple jumps just made me tired” said the 6 ‘3 Ruiz.
It was the smallest man in the field Janry Ubas the UAAP Champion took silver in 2.05m, four-time national champion JR Lasangue took bronze in 2.00m and NCAA Record Holder Mark Harry Diones broke his PB of 1.98m for fourth.
Sermona gets the best of his younger opponents
35-year-old Julius Sermona of the Philippine Airforce registered his best time in half a decade going out fast and quickly escaping from his younger competitors the former SEA Games medalist clocked a mark of 14:48.22. Sermona was just outside the SEA Games bronze standard of 14:27.69.
However, with races against stronger competitors, he could bring this markdown. Sermona best time of 14:19.20 was set at the 1997 SEA Games in Korat Thailand.
“It felt good and i think i can break or get near my best performance at the national open” said Sermona.
PRISAA Champion 19-year-old Sony Wagdos 15:10.36 of Davao running for Team Titus got the silver while Cesar Castaneto of Baguio took the Bronze in 15.15.90. This was at the expense of Richard Salano the UAAP Champion who lost a powerful sprint finish Castaneto in the last 120m and defending national champion Rafael Poliquit finished a well-beaten fifth place.
Meanwhile in the women’s 5K Jessa Mangsat of Baguio easily won in 18:34.71 to add this title to her win in the 3K Steeples the other day.
Maulas hits the Bronze mark in 1500m
Mervin Guarte who was fourth in the SEA Games hit the gold mark for SEA Games with a clocking of 3:55.10, while his training partner Wenlie Maulas came in second with 3:58.30. This time was good enough to see Wenlie beneath the bronze medal of 3:58.37 last SEA Games. Wenlie has yet to participate in the SEA Games and has been a member of the training pool since 2012.
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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-
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