Last Updated on March 16, 2023 by Andrew Pirie

2015 NCAA Philippines Athletics Day 2-3

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2015 Philippines NCAA Athletics Day 2 Review: NCAA Records FallBig Harry breaks NCAA Record  certain for MVP

The highlight of the second day was ‘Big’ Harry Dione’s (JRU) new meet record in the Triple Jump. The 6’1 Diones who is in his final playing year in the NCAA took his third gold in the competition and secured his status as this year’s MVP.

He is a prodigy of veteran coach Jojo Posadas.

Starting with three 14-meter jumps, Diones then progressed to 15.50 and fouled his fifth jump. Then on his last jump, he powered away to a 15.92-meter leap (+2.9). Albeit wind-aided NCAA Records have not considered the wind factor in the past for jumping.

According to jumps technical official Joebert Delicano, Diones was 30cm away from the board. This puts him in contention to hit the SEA Games standard of 16.26m at the National Open next month. Diones will be in action again next month. Only two Filipino jumpers have ever leaped further than his mark. The retired Delicano who holds the National Record with 16.12m, and former national record holder Benigno Marayag 15.96m who still is active.

A brilliant set of results saw two athletes from underdog LPU finish with silver and bronze Ronne Malipay who hails from Antique leaped a personal best of 15.39m, and his teammate Jojo Bermudo took bronze in 15.32m. It’s the first time in an NCAA meet in the Philippines the top three all hit over 15 meters. Fourth place went to 17-year-old Mark Vincent Ramos (MIT) who had a PB of 14.86 (-2.1).

Diones also took the 400m title in 49.38, he held off 400 Hurdler Francis Medina at 49.76 and Reymond Alferos at 49.84. Palaro Record Holder Jomar Udtohan faded to fifth in 50.92 and defending champion Rey Aldrin was sixth in 51.19.

Last but not least Diones took another meet record in the Men’s 4x400m relay heats clocking 3:19.66 teaming up with Pearnel Lobos and alternate 4×400 runners Domingo Cabradilla and Ramil Toledo. The quartet broke their meet record.


Records switch Captain in the 110 Hurdles twice

Domingo Cabradilla (JRU) broke the NCAA record of Mark Larry Basa (UPHR) 15.17 lowering it to 15.06 in the heats. Pre-event Francis Medina was the third fastest qualifier in 15.43. 

Cabradilla’s record quickly disappeared when Medina helped himself to the record with a 14.82 (-1.4) clocking in the final. Just outside the National  Junior Record for 5 holes 14.58 Patrick Unso, 2011 SEA Games. Medina holds the four-hole record at 14.52 when he finished second at the ASEAN School Games last December. An honors student at UPH Medina is looking forward to the national open next month he already set the meet record in the 400 Hurdles.

Another meet record broken was that of Elbren Neri (who went on to become UAAP Champion and member of the training pool) then of Arellano now of UST in the Boys 800m (2:00.90).  Ronil Oranda of JRU clocked 2:00.88 in the 800m then he improved his in the final to 1:59.69. The challenge from the weekly relay stands out Junel Gobotia (EAC) 2:00.62 also dipped under the old record.

While in the Men’s 800m, Alvin Castanares (JRU) upgraded his silver to gold this year winning a slower tactical race than the heats in 1:55.24, Reymond Alferos (MIT) better known as a 400m specialist was second in 1:55.76 and Rudyfer Hernandez (JRU) third in 1:55.69.


Albarico brings the fight to the Junior Division at National Open


Dave Albarico of JRU hurled the Javelin to 61.16m, just outside the meet record of former teammate Melvin Calano (61.44m, 800 grams). This sent a very strong message for the national open to Palaro Record Holder and PNG Junior Champion Bryan Jay Pachecho (FEU) and ASG Champion Joshua Patulud (DLSZ). Albarico is born in 1996 so is eligible for the junior division next month in Laguna at the National Open.


200m Heats

STCAA Champion Ezra Gonzales continued to show fine form after winning the boy’s 100m in 11.28 with a time of 23.00 in the 200 heats. Defending Champion Anfernee Lopena was the fastest through the heats in 22.31 (-1.1) winning heat 2, followed by NCAA High school record Holder Jomar Udtohan 22.52 (-0.5) winning heat 3, in the same heat Daniel Noval led with a very strong first 100 but with 120m his hamstring blew out and he hopped home last. In heat 5 last year’s silver medalist Peter Padal was a little bit too excited and was disqualified for a false start.

In the Boys, 400m Aldrin Valuenzuela of EAC made it a 1-2 finish for EAC edging his teammate Wilbert Santiana 52.15 to 52.18. Both boys are products of the PSC-PATAFA weekly relays and it looks like EAC will win the overall title this year in the boys.

It was Immuel Camino of Arellano who won the 5000m in 15:23.68 outside his 15:09 PB from last year. But it will be exciting to see how Camino who is recovering from a knee injury will cope at his main event the 3000m Steeples. Albert Valencia (JRU) who was sporting hand-on-head hair cut was second in a PB of 15:32.52. And his teammate Rudyfer Hernandez retained his bronze medal position from last year with 15:46.78.


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JRU Wins Again

JRU took the title for the 5th year in a row in the NCAA. Coaches Elma Muros and Jojo Posadas again triumphed with 892.50 points. Coach Trece UPH was a distant runner-up with 482.75. The JRU dynasty continued largely unopposed despite several injuries, well clear of the opposition for another year.

Mark Harry Diones (JRU) was the MVP he won the Long Jump and 400 and set a new meet record in the Triple Jump.

Diones later helped the JRU 4×400 team break the NCAA Record again with a time of 3:19.01.

John Albert Mantua (JRU) broke his NCAA Record from two years ago with a throw of 14.04, improving on his 13.90m mark from 2 years ago.


EAC Sweeps Junior Title

EAC helped themselves to the overall title in the Boys Division. Coach Fernando Dagasgas’s boys swept the podium in the boy’s 400 Hurdles. Junel Gobotia was the overall MVP for the Boys, he won 1500, 3000, and 2000 Steeples. John Paul Rafanan broke his junior record last year in the Shotput improving it from 13.45 to 13.54m.

In the Mens 400 Hurdles Francis Medina (UPH) who had broken the record in the heats, strode out the first 200 paced by his teammate Claudio the first 200. He took the lead with 150 to go and ran to win in 54.15. Medina’s 54.15 was faster than his winning time of 54.40 from last year but not below his meet record of 53.47 set in the heats.


Camino takes three golds in total

I am the champion now. Immuel ‘The Oso’ Camino raises his hand in victory after taking the 3000m Steeplechase title.

Immuel Camino (AU) added the 3000m Steeples and 1500m NCAA titles with his 5000m title from the other day. Camino was second behind the now-graduated Guarte. Was the second most valuable athlete after Harry Diones. His time of 9:25.41 in the Steeplechase was outside the 9:19 PB he set last year but showed somewhat return to form which will hopefully see an improvement next month at the national open. Nicko Cortes (UPH) was second in a PB of 9:28.53.

Camino also ran a personal best in the 1500m of 3:59.70. Rudyfer Hernandez (JRU) who has a PB of 3:57.8 a sea games bronze medal standard during last year’s weekly relays was second in 4:00.75 and teammate Alvin Castanares who won the 800 clocked 4:02.54.

It was a close fight in the boy’s 200m with STCAA champion Ezra Gonzales (SBC) only edging out Christian Cabral (LPU) 23.12 to 23.14.

In the 200m defending champion Anfernee Lopena (CSB) was good but after 30m, started to fall behind the field. More than 15m behind them at 120m he tried to increase his speed to catch up to the field. But his hamstring gave way about 30m to go. NCAA High school record holder Jomar Udtohan (SSC) went on to win in 22.19. Fernan Lopez (MIT) 22.46 and John Renzelle Capingian (MIT) 22.48 both posted personal best times and beat some of the more established names of the NCAA.

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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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