Last Updated on March 4, 2023 by Andrew Pirie

2014 Weekly Relays September Part 2

2014 Weekly Relays September

PSC-PATAFA Weekly Relays Week 11 (21.09.14)

The athletes of legendary coach George Posadas continued to shine in the invitational races of the Weekly Races.

Roldan Verano in green.

Roldan Verano, who has brought his time down to 3:55.3 over a month ago and hit the Gold Standard for the SEA Games. Showed great consistency in backing this time up with a devastating final kick to win in 3:55.4.  He had to run around 4 slower athletes over the last 100m. As he outkicked the rest of the field. His times were 3.55.12 and 3.55.39, so officially, it’s 3.55.4 (hand-timed).

Despite National Record Holder Mervin Guarte, who was scheduled to start, Verano still had almost his best time without Guarte present.

Verano of PLDT, who is being strongly considered for the training pool, blew away his training partner Rudyfer Hernandez who was second in 4.00.0

(NB. Several coaches had requested that the field be limited to 16 entries and that additional entries are placed in separate races.  The advisory was that we would have an invitational A Race.)


1500 Meter Issues over having one invitational Race of 16 Athletes

Contrary to the protest and refusal of an official (who will remain anonymous), I decided to keep them all in one heat with 30+ athletes on Sunday. IAAF Rule 166 states that if there are more than 16 entries, the event can be split into 2 heats/divisions. While Rule 166 may only abide by competitions. There is no rule against combining athletes into one heat. The only reason considered is to try and get the meet to finish early, which by all means could have meant another 5 minutes and would have prevented the overlapping first placer from getting hindered by four athletes who got in his way around the curve.

However, the officials are paid until 12.00, so it should not have been an issue as the meeting was over before 11.00.

400 Meters two more wins for Posadas’s squad

Harry Diones with JRU Assistant coach Elma Muros at NCAA

National Training Pool Triple Jumper Mark Harry Diones of JRU continued to bring down his 400-meter time with a personal best of 49.1 (from 49.5) to win his second invitational title Pearnel Lobos’s 49.5, and Peter Padal 49.6 both clocked the best times to finish second and third. NCAA Champion and training partner Rey Aldrin who won the last 2 invitationals, was rested.

Jenny Rose (left) and Friends.

UAAP Record Holder Jenny Rose Rosales continued her streak with her fourth invitational A win in the 400m this time in 56.8; Rosales, who has a personal best of 54.65, wasn’t able to register as good a time as the last series where she ran 56.2.

Rosales won over Leah Ann Creer of DLSU, the Palaro and National Junior champion, who clocked 1.00.1 for a second.

National Champion Clinton Kingsley Bautista wins again in the Invitational A 110 Hurdles.

Clinton Kingsley Bautista

Clinton Kingsley Bautista, the National Champion in the 110 Hurdles after toying with whether or not to play in the Mens A Race, won convincingly in 14.7 seconds; Domingo Cabradilla of JRU, the NCAA Silver medalist, was second.

While tuning up for his debut for the Philippines at the ASEAN Schools in December was NCAA Champion Francis Medina, who won the Junior Hurdles Invitational A in 14.9 from Alvin Vergel and Pole Vault Record Holder Ernest John Obiena (15.5).

Michelle Loterte won the Women’s Hurdles without any serious challenge in 15.3 seconds, the third Invitational A title. Loterte, the bronze medalist at the last ASEAN School Games, aims for a spot in that team in December.

PATAFA Weekly Relays Invitational A Week 12 (28.09.14): 200M Mens Unso vs. Lopena vs. Bigyan

In what may be the best 200m set for the weekly relays in recent memory. Three upcoming members of the national training pool will do battle on Sunday. National Games Silver medalist Jose Unso (DLSU) will be starting in the middle, who won the second invitational A series. Anfernee Lopena (CSB), who won the third invitational A Series, is outside him. Lopena is the NCAA Record Holder in this event. Meanwhile, in Lane 2 will be PRISAA Champion Ryan Bigyan, the PNG Silver medalist in the 200m. Unso is 24, Lopena is 20, and Bigyan is also 20.

Unconfirmed is Rey Aldrin of JRU, who won the first Invitational A and is the NCAA Champion over 400m.

Rosales should have #4 wrapped up

Meanwhile, UAAP Record Holder Jenny Rose Rosales,20 of UE, will surely take her 4th Invitational A title in the 200m Dash. Rosales is more than a second faster than her nearest rival, Leah Joan Creer, 17, the Palaro Champion.

UST athletes will not be competing as it’s their last week of competition, which leaves the field somewhat watered down. However, UAAP Bronze medalist Neslee Angco will start in lane 6.

A semi-decent field in the Hurdles. In the mens, Junrey Bano still needs to crack 51.6ht = 51.74et. To surpass the SEA Games 51.79et to qualify for SEA Games. Bano, who participated last time in the weekly relays but opted for a slower heat, clocked 53.6.

Meanwhile, teenager Francis Medina, 18, the NCAA Champion, is preparing for his first stint for the Philippines in December at the ASEAN School Games. Medina clocked a personal best of 54.1 last Invitational Race for the win.

NCAA Silver Medalist Domingo Cabradilla, who was second behind Medina in that race, will also line up. Along with UAAP Decathlon Champion Ian Delos Santos.

The highlight of this race will be the participation of some of the fastest runners in the country.

SEA Games Silver Medalist Mervin Guarte starts as an obvious favorite.

Along with PNG Silver medalist Paul Billones who is gunning for the SEA Games std of 1.51.62/1.51.4ht. SEA Games 1500m qualifier

Roldan Verano will also try his luck over the shorter distance where he broke his long-time personal best of 1.52.9 last invitational.

PNG Bronze medalist Marco Vilog of Lyceum of Batangas will also have his first run this season with his team to make the long trip up North.

Rudyfer Hernandez, has also surpassed the SEA Games 1500m standard. And his teammate Alvin Castanares the NCAA Silver Medalist, boost a super-strong field.

The only two top half-milers missing from this race are Wenlie Maulas, the 2013 Bronze Medalist at the PNG, recovering from a compulsory AFP 21K race, and Elbren Neri (UST) UAAP Silver medalist, whose team is taking a rest week from the competition.

In the Women’s Palaro standout, Trisha Ramirez will be up against UAAP Champion Neslee Angco. Angco just set a personal best of 2.18.9 last Invitational. Angco might be doubling up with the 200-800 of these weekly relays. Also invited is UAAP Record Holder in the 3000m Steeples Jenismyl Mabunga (FEU). Who may or may not participate as she is with Army and just ran a 21K.

2014 PSC-PATAFA Weekly Relays Week 12 (28.09.14) Results

Week 12 Weekly Relay Results,

Several name corrections need to be made due to wrong BIB I will revise this when I have time.

Weekly Relays Week 10 (14.09.14) Invitational Start Lists


Due to the demand for the Invitational ‘A’ Races in the weekly relays. In Week 10, we will now have an Invitational ‘A’ and ‘B’ Race in the 100m Dash for Mens and Women.

Having started this year, the invitational Race concept has drawn out several PBs and SEA Qualifying marks. It is also a way to identify how well athletes can perform in a more elite race situation.

LOPENA and TORRES, go head to head again, but watch out for young MAULLON

Anfernee Lopena (green shorts) holds Maullon in the 100m at the NCAA. The two clashed again at the Weekly Relays.

With NCAA Record Holder Lopena the fastest man in the field looking like the favorite in the A Race. With the best time of 10.73 this year. Lopena won the first two editions of this in 10.6 and 10.7. But, unfortunately, Lopena has yet to represent the Philippines as he had to forgo this to align with the NCAA’s residential requirements.

He will, however, face a tough challenge from National training pool member Noli Torres of Dasmarinas, the PNG Bronze medalist, and PRISAA Champion. Lopena finished behind Torres, placing fifth at the national games Final. But he had two wins over Noli during the invitationals over 60 and 100. Torres debuted for the Philippines at the Vietnam Open earlier this year.

Upcoming Rodquem Maullon won the last invitational 100m (10.8), his first and only won weekly relays this year. Maullon of Arellano was the NCAA Bronze medalist trained by master veteran coach Andaya and now by Pines Lim. Maullon, who, according to coach Lim’s goal, is to get down to 10.5, has been nominated for selection for the ASEAN School Games at the end of the year, which would be his first debut for the Philippines.

Best of the ‘B’

The B Race is also a powerful field, with National Junior Record Holder Daniel Noval opting to play it safe by building his confidence later. Noval will be up against UAAP Champion Jasper Tanhueco of DLSU and National Games Hurdles Champion Clinton Kingsley Bautista.

UNDEFEATED ROSALES faces a challenge

“I like the invitational meets as it gives me a good race every week, try and line up some more athletes.” – Jenny Rosales

was the value that the UAAP Record Holder placed on the importance of the Invitational Series of the weekly meet. In the next two years, the 20-year-old who emerged as the Palaro Champion in the 100-200-400 and then the UAAP Record Holder in the 100-200-400 may get that wish this week.

Khay Santos (left) and Jenny Rosales (right)

Looking to end the local streak of Rosales, who is undefeated in the 100m (including 12.3×2 to win the last 2 invitational Series), is National Jumper Katherine Khay Santos, who is not only the SEA Games Bronze Medalist in the Long Jump from 2011 but also the 2012 National Games Champion in the 100m at Dumaguete. Santos holds a personal best of 12.17 versus Jenny’s 12.22. And the duo is considered the best of the local female sprinters as of today. Santos might double up in the Long Jump later in the meet.

Santos and Rosales are being considered in the National squad for the Womens 4×100, featuring 4 Fil-Heritage athletes (Princess Joy Griffey, Kayla, and Kyla Richardson Zion Corrales-Nelson).

Also featured in the race are some younger sprinters and a veteran. The 30-year-old mother of three Honey Joy Ortaliz. Who are last year’s Weekly Relay Champion and the winner of the first leg of the Invitational Series? Will line up next to Kath in lane 2. Ortaliz, a former national team member, represented the Philippines in the 2003 and 2005 SEA Games.

While also lining up some of the country’s promising young sprinters Palaro Champion Diesto and her teammate National Junior Champion Leah Ann Creer of DLSU. Diesto and Creer are better known for Triple Jump and 400m.

*More Data to come as other invite races might be held.


Invitational C (28.09.14): Good 200 A Race & Obiena again breaks record

In the much anticipated Invitational ‘A’ 200m race, Anfernee Lopena of CSB emerged. The 20-year-old NCAA Record holder blasted out of the blocks and never looked like conceding the race at any stage; he clocked 21.8.  Although his margin of victory would have indicated a faster time.

Playing catch-up was PNG Silver medalist Jose Unso of DLSU. Who timed in at 21.9 after a rather cumbersome start Unso fought back from fourth to second. Battling it down the home straight with their head thrown back.

Taking third place was PRISAA 200m Champion Ryan Bigyan, the National 400m Silver medalist in 22.0. Bigyan, whose start showed blocks made little difference. Was coming 6th off the curve but fought his way to third place.

The other five competitors are Pearnel Lobos (4th), NCAA Silver medalist Peter Padal (5th), UAAP 100m Champion Jasper Tanhueco (6th), NCAA 100m Bronze Medalist Rodquem Maullon (7th), and Doysabas (8th). All runners in this race ran below 22.9 seconds. Which was faster than the winner of all the other succeeding heats. Proving the value of the Invitational A Races in the weekly relays.

Jenny Rose Rosales clocked a season’s best 25.1 to have the fastest time in the womens.

The country’s #2 Hammer Thrower Jessa Hernandez of UST threw a new PB of 38.13m.

The journey of the Pole Vault Record continues

Ernest John Obiena again broke the National and National Junior Record in the Pole Vault, this time, he threw 5.21m (which must be a southeast Asian junior record?), beating his old mark of 5.20m.

2014 Weekly Relays October

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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, 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

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