Last Updated on January 16, 2023 by Andrew Pirie

2014 Weekly Relays September

Week 9 (07.09.14) Invitational ‘A’ Races

Firstly, please note that all entries/registration to the PSC-PATAFA Weekly Relay officially closed on August 31. And we will not be taking any new entries. The registration period IS June until August 31 for the 2014 Weekly Relays.

Below is a list of the Invitational A races. I have put runners who are unsure about their participation but haven’t pulled out in the outside lanes to avoid reshuffling the lane assignments. Therefore, we will leave the lanes empty. Please confirm availability before Friday if listed here.

BANO going for SEA Games Qualifying Mark

National Games Champion Junrey Bano. Who finished just outside a medal at the 2011 SEA Games, will appear when he finished fourth. Bano needs to clock 51.5 (+.24 conversion) 51.74 to go below the SEA Games bronze mark of 51.79. At the National Games, Bano ran his season’s best of 52.11 after Eric Cray strained his hamstring in the heats. In Vietnam, Open Cray and Bano got 1-2 for the Philippines with 52.29 and 52.61. The Duo is also 1-2 in South East Asia 2014.

Cray, who will be focussing on Asian Games, is missing from the race. So is Patrick Unso, the #3 for the year sustaining a hamstring strain a few weeks ago at this meet. In addition, Clinton Kingsley Bautista opted out of the Invitational A and will appear in a later heat.

The 30-year-old Bano, who is at the twilight of his career coming back into some good shape after a troubling 2013. Will be up against a set of younger opponents NCAA Champion Francis Medina, Palaro Champion Jaime Mejia, UAAP Silver medalist Gerald Morales.


With the older athletes who dominated the sport in the past years, Josie Malacad, Keizel Pedrina, and Carmela Leonardo faded out of the picture. A new younger set of girls will do battle in the 400 Hurdles. While it’s unlikely they will reach the elusive 59.95 standards required for SEA Games, it will be interesting to see who emerges as the countries next 400 Hurdler.

This years fastest is Michelle P. Loterte of UST, the National 100 Hurdles Champion who got third at the UAAP behind Jenny Rosales, and Carmela Leonardo has the best time in the field 1.03.04. However, the strongest this year is National Junior Champion Josefina P. Baloyloy. Also featured is Marilyn Avila, the PNG Champion, and the 2013 UAAP Silver medalist Jayed Penarubia.

Jose Unso, who won the last invite meet in 21.9, goes in as the favorite. He will be up against NCAA Record Holder Anfernee Lopena and National Junior Champion Romnick Nor. Also in the race will be UAAP JR Record Holder Jaime Mejia and NCAA Bronze medalist Peter Padal.

At that meet, the Womens 200m will see the clash between UAAP Record Holder Jenny Rosales and the silver medalist Eloiza Luzon. Rosales won the first invite meet in 25.3, and Luzon won the second in a new personal best of 25.4.

A splendid lineup may also feature Karen Janario, the 15-year-old National Junior Champion, who we are awaiting confirmation from. In addition, Jinky Obanon ran a PB of 57.7 last week, Uni Games silver medalist Glaiza Salcedo and UAAP Bronze medalist Neslee Angco.


Week 9 Weekly Relays (07.09.14): young Medina impresses

The end of the third cycle of the weekly relays drew close in the first week of September. It was a string of good performances, but the emergence of a promising young hurdler who won the 400m Hurdles Invitational ‘A’ Race added some fire to the meet.


Medina on his way to winning the NCAA Title


Francis Medina of UPHR, the NCAA Champion (54.40) who Leyte Coach Trece trains, took full advantage of a field missing some of the bigger names of Philippine Athletics to win in 54.1, the 18-year-old who is preparing to make his debut for the Philippines at the 2014 ASEAN School Games in Marikina later this year, held off a neck to neck challenge the last 120m from NCAA Silver medalist Domingo Cabradilla of JRU (54.1 unofficial also PB), and Palaro Champion 17-year-old Jaime Mejia of UP (55.0 unofficial, who is also selected for ASEAN Schools in this event).

Mejia has a few caps for the Philippines, now running last year at the ASEAN Youth Champs in Thailand and Thailand Open.

The appearance of National Games Champion Junrey Bano of UST in a later heat, despite being invited to join the first heat,  jogging to an easy win in 53.0 (unofficial). The relaxed hit out for the national champion was his first appearance at the weekly relays, and he will require a time of 51.79 to join SEA Games Champion Eric Cray at the SEA Games next June in Singapore.

The Invitational ‘A’ 400m Hurdles was won by Palaro and National Junior Champion Josefina Baloyloy of RTU (1:04.8 unofficial); in another heat National Games Champion Marilyn ‘Daffy’ Avila of FEU struggled in pain with a sore hamstring to win her heart. Both Baloyloy and Avila have been selected to represent the Philippines at the ASEAN School Games at the end of the year.

It would be Daffy’s second appearance for the Philippines has won the Junior Gold Medal last year at the Thailand Open. Baloyloy, on the other hand, would be making her debut.

Baloyloy, for her efforts, was awarded an Academy of Sports T-shirt from


NERI looms at possible UAAP Record

In the Mens 800m, it was Elbren Neri (UST) clocked 1:52.8, which puts him in contention for the long-standing UAAP Record of Nelbert Ducusin (FEU) (1:54.1) in December. Neri won comfortably over Jomar Angus.

*Official times hopefully available by Monday.


Extreme headwinds in the 200m Dash hampered fast times.

Strong headwinds hampered fast performances today in the 200m Dash.

The 200m Mens Invitational A only had 5 starters, with Jose Unso and Rey Aldrin, who won the last 2 editions not starting. NCAA Record Holder Anfernee Lopena CSB won 22.2 (unofficial) from NCAA 100 Bronze medalist Rodquem Maullon of Arellano JRU’s Pearnel Lobos. With Peter Padal, the NCAA Silver medalist 4th and the National Games Junior Champion Romnick Nor of UST 5th.

It just seemed that Maullon attacked the curve more aggressively, with Lopena in Lane 5, closing the stagger on Nor in Lane 6 after 30m and then cruising the rest of the way.

The Invitational Women only had five entries. With Glaiza Salcedo not participating and Neslee Angco missing the first heat and resorting to heat 2.

UAAP Record Holder Jenyrose Rosales of UE won in tough conditions (25.3 unofficial), she pulled away from UST Eloiza Luzon (25.8 unofficial) Jinky Obanon of RTU.

Meanwhile, the countries most promising young athlete Ernest John Obiena, 19, cleared 5.00m again to win the Junior Boys Division.

*Will check official results on Monday.

Weekly Relays Week 10 (14.09.14)  – Noli !!!!!! & Jennyrose win rain-soaked 100m Dash

In its 10th Week, the 2014 Weekly Relays yielded decent sprint performances, albeit still hand-timed in the 100m Dash. Despite the rain reducing the attendance in the kid’s division to almost nil. And a lot of the better athletes staying indoors. there were still eight heats in the mens 100m and four in the womens.


Jenny Rosales storms away from the field in the Women’s Invitational ’A.’

Despite the rain and depleted entries, Jenny Rose Rosales had her third straight win in the 100 Meters at the weekly relays, again clocking 12.3. Rosales pulled about a stride away from the FEU girls halfway mark extended it to three strides at the end.

Gasping for 2nd and 3rd places were the FEU teenage duo of Marimar Amarga (12.6) and Christine Del Rio (12.7).

The UAAP Record Holder is coached by one of the most be-medalled athletes in SEA Games history, Elma Muros, at UE. Rosales made her candidacy known for the 4×100 Relay Team at the next SEA Games by taking a lackluster field. After the other top local sprinter/jumper, Katherine Khay Santos, could not start due to flu, several athletes decided to stay inside due to the weather.

Rosales 2012 UAAP Mvp with Coaches Jojo and Elma Muros Posadas. Rosales 400m time set 3 records at the UAAP. National, National Junior and UAAP.

‘A’ win for Noli Torres

Noli Torres in action in a previous race.


The Invitational field was won by PRISAA Champion and National Pool member Noli Torres who clocked 10.8, supporting the weekly relay serie. Torres is coached by former SEA Games National Sprinter/Decathlete Arnold Villarube.

Running in a pair of shoes he had borrowed before the race. The 22-year-old, the bronze medalist at the National Games, got off well and held off the fast-finishing teenager Rodquem Maullon, 19 of Arellano.

Maullon, who had won the last Invitational A Race, also clocked 10.8. In third was NCAA 200m Silver Medalist Peter Pol Padal of JRU in 11.0, followed by RTU’s Allan Plana, who clocked a new PB of 11.0. (hand times 10.71,10.79,10.91,10.92). It marked the first time during the weekly relays where more than one person clocked below 11 (albeit hand-timed) in the same race for 2013 and 2014.

PATAFA Relays Week 10 (21.09.14) Invitational A: Guarte vs. Verano

Verano (JRU) takes on his rival Guarte (SSC) in red.


1500M Show-Down: The Top 2 in South East Asia go head to head

It is an interesting race with 3 of the 4 athletes who have surpassed SEA Games bronze participating. Two old foes from the NCAA Days, Mervin Guarte, National Record Holder, and 2011 SEA Games Silver medalist, up against Roldan Verano of JRU. Guarte, who boasts a personal best of 3:47.65 from the 2011 SEA Games and leads the SEA Rankings in 2014 with 3:55.10, will be up against the rising Roldan Verano #2 South East Asia 2014, who reduced his best times from 3:59.74 to 3:55.3 within a few short months. Guarte himself reduced his best from 3:57 to 3:47.65 leading up to the 2011 SEA Games.

Verano, a full-time employee of PLDT, is the PNG Bronze medalist also has surpassed the Gold Medal Standard of the SEA Games. Verano’s training partner Rudyfer Hernandez who has improved rapidly this year, will also race.

Also in the field will be Gilbert Rutaquio, 17, who is suiting up for the ASEAN School Games in December.

The Following has been nominated to the lineup for the Main Race of the 1500m. To prevent overcrowding, only a maximum of 15 will be racing in the first heat.

400M Fields strong despite UST rest weeks

Despite a depleted field due to UST taking rest weeks, it looks like a decent field for the 400m. In the Womens, Jenny Rose Rosales, the UAAP Record Holder, leads the field. Rosales has won the last 3 A Races, improving her time rapidly from 1.00.0, 58.8, 56.2, nearing her career-best of 54.65.

Looking to join Jenny in the SEA Games relay squad, and on the improvement is 19-year-old Jinky Obanon, who clocked a PB of 57.7 last 400m. A time of 55.9 is required for Obanon to join the relay squad, which also would feature Fil-Heritage National and Junior Record Holder Zion Corrales-Nelson (54.18) and National Games 100/200 Champion Princess Joy Griffey (53.5 split/55.96 PB).

Also featured will be Rosales training partner, UAAP Silver Medalist Neslee Angco, and PNG 400 Hurdles Champion Marylyn ‘Daffy’ Avila.

In the Mens 400m, Rey Aldrin, who won the last three editions of the invite series, is taking a rest. His teammate Harry Diones, who had a surprise win over Aldrin in a new best time, will start, and hopefully, PNG 400 Hurdles Champion Junrey Bano, the fastest man in the field 48.95 this year and a PB of 48.26. NCAA Bronze medalist Peter Padal and UAAP Bronze medalist Gab Soriano are also featured.

Hurdles Fields

A junior hurdle invitational race has been introduced. Quite a drained field in the Mens with National Record Eric Cray based in the states, Junior Record Holder Pach Unso recovering from an injury, and National Games Champion Clinton Kingsley Bautista opting not to run in the first heat. Palaro Champion Jaime Mejia, Palaro Bronze medalist Tercero, NCAA Silver medalist Cabradilla will match up in the Invitational A Race.

While in the womens SEA Games, Silver Medalist in Heptathlon Narcisca Atienza has been invited, as have Batang Pinoy Champion Karen Janario and Palaro Champion Melissa Escoton.

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 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 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 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 for 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 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 meet was over before 11.00.

400 Meter 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 49.5, and Peter Padal 49.6 both clocked 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 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 Womens 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, 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 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, who 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 Womens 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 these weekly relays. Also invited is UAAP Record Holder in the 3000m Steeples Jenismyl Mabunga (FEU). Who may or may not participate as she 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’s 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’s.

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. Wth 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 debut 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 UAAP Record Holder placed on the importance of the Invitational Series of the weekly meet. 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 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 is last year’s Weekly Relay Champion and the winner of the first leg of the Invitational Series. Will lineup 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 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 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 #2 Hammer Thrower Jessa Hernandez of UST threw a new PB of 38.13m.

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.

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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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