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2015 Philippines National Open Athletics Day 2

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2015 Philippines National Open Athletics Day 1

Brandon Thomas King Century Dash defends Airforce grip on the Century dash

Mar 21, 2015

Brandon Thomas ensured for the second year in a row Phil Airforce A took the Men’s National title in the 100 Meter Dash. The Fil-Heritage sprinter succeeded his good friend Eric Cray as the National Champion of the Philippines. Cray who has secured automatic qualification to the SEA Games did not participate at the meet.

On a sunny afternoon at Santa Cruz Laguna, the 25-year-old Thomas blasted out of the blocks, leaving the field 3 strides down at halfway. However, he started to wobble and swing side to side the last 50 meters a grimace of pain appearing on his face as he threw himself over the line to win the national championship in 10.80 seconds. Just outside the 10.72 and 10.76 times, he registered yesterday.


Filipino Routes

The Burly black 5’7 athlete from Texas was now the national champion of the Philippines. Thomas’s mother who hails from Angeles City and their father was an Airforce Service Man was cheered on by friends and relatives. Then was quickly rushed to the medics who put ice on a hamstring strain. His times were good enough to earn him a spot in the SEA Games 4×100 relay teams. And it places him third in the rankings behind Fil-Heritage athletes Eric Cray (10.52) and Bryan Mercado (10.59).

Thomas who had not run since 2012 until 2 weeks ago and opened with a miserable 11.11, proved he was a worthy part of the team.

Well, I won here but I will go to the SEA Games in the relay. Probably after a month im ok to run again. Said Thomas to reporters with ice strapped to his leg.

Thomas wins the national title.

Edwards of Malaysia who was second to Cray at the National Games last year wound up silver again with 10.89. Edwards has a Filipino mother but opts to run for Malaysia. Bronze went to Rodquem Maullon the 2014 NCAA Bronze medalist in 11.03, Maullon had improved his best time to 10.94 in the semis. Noli Torres the 2014 PNG Bronze medalist was fourth in 11.04 after improving his best time to 10.97 in the semis. SEA Games Decathlon Champion Jesson Cid who was only playing individual events here was fifth in 11.06.


Jomar Regains Junior 100m Title

Jomar Udtohan regained his junior national title after an injury last year with a time of 10.93. This is Udtohan’s last year in the junior division before he moves up to face the big boys. Jason Alexander of Sabah pushed him to the line with a time of 10.96.

Ronmols Andawa (JRU) heaved the Shotput 15.40m to win the Junior Division just outside the 15.58m Junior Record of Eleazer Sunang.


Janario snatches gold in the 2015 Nationals Bicentennial Dash

Karen Janario and Eloiza Luzon going head to head at the final stretch of the 200m dash

Prof. Airnel T. Abarra for

SANTA CRUZ, LAGUNA-. Leyte Sports Academy and ASEAN School Games record holder Karen Janario captures gold in the 200m dash during the 2015 Philippine National Open Athletics Championships here at the Laguna Sports Complex, Brgy. Bubukal, Sta. Cruz, Laguna. Official results and analysis to follow once we got the copies from the secretariat.


Vincent Ramos takes the title from Jerry Belibestre

One of the most talented Junior Long Jumpers in the country Jose Jerry Belibestre had a surprise loss in the Men’s Junior Long Jump competition. Hence Belibestre who has been unbeaten locally for the past two years wound up second.

While it was Mark Vincent Ramos (Mapua) 5th in the NCAA, and 4th in the ASEAN School Games who stole the thunder from his much more prominent ASEAN School Games teammate. Ramos who is coached by National Coach Sean Guevarra leaped 6.92m, just outside his 7.02m personal best.

I had a bad day as my check mark was off. But I will get back into shape for the Palaro. Said Belibestre.

While Jerry (Negros Occidental) coached by Miguel Arca, who was the silver medalist at the ASEAN School Games was well outside his 7.09m PB with a 6.88m effort. Also, Belibestre was the defending junior champion, palaro champion, and batang pinoy champion last year. Jerry goes in as the favorite at the Palaro as Ramos is undergoing college.

Belibestre is also looking forward to the SEA Youth and ASEAN School Games later this year

In third place was Aristeo Dela Pena (Arellano) 4th in the NCAA who along with Jerry qualified for the ASEAN School Games in Brunei. His PB is 6.98M but he was only good for 6.72m.

Ryan Ornales the NCAA Junior Champion took fourth in 6.61m just missing out on a medal.


2015 Philippine National Open – Day 2 Womens Report

Pinoy Athletics chief correspondent Prof. Airnel T. Abarra with Katherine Santos

As anticipated earlier the womens 100m Dash was won by Katherine Khay Santos with a new personal best of 11.99. Santos continued to show fine form following up from here opening run last week in Los Angeles of 11.97 (+2.8 wind-aided) Santos won over a field with a relatively low turnout with only 8 women lining up for the final.

Defending National Champion Princess Joy Griffey opted not to participate in the meet as she is doing her SEA Games preparation in the United States with a recent time of 11.92  (PB 11.58). Also missing was UAAP Record Holder Jenny Rose Rosales (PB 11.90).

There were only three Filipino women in the final. With athletes from Bangladesh, Singapore, and Brunei. The low turnout may have been due to University’s ongoing exams.

UAAP Champion Eloiza Luzon won the junior 100m in 12.46 for UST. Her teammate Salcedo was second in 12.60 and Regine Tugade of Guam was third in 12.64.

Josefina Baloloy the ASEAN School Games Silver medalist was in a race by herself winning in a time of 1:06.0 in the 400 Hurdles. Unfortunately, she was not awarded a medal as IAAF rules state you need three athletes in an event to be awarded medals.

Audrey Yorac took the girl’s High Jump in a humble 1.55m.

2015 Philippines National Open Athletics – Day 3 – Guarte 5th title, Stuart 3 Golds

Mar 22, 2015

SANTA CRUZ LAGUNA, National Record Holder Mervin Guarte was king of the 1500m on the third day of the Philippine National Championships in Laguna. The 23-year-old running for Team Rio stuck behind the leaders on the first few laps before kicking with 800m to go. Guarte who won his fifth national title secured his place in the SEA Games lineup with another Gold medal standard of 3:54.58.

It was a quality field with the surprise coming from the very aggressive Sony Wagdos (Team Titus) who ran 2 seconds below his best chasing Guarte to the line in 3.55.72.

Another athlete of four who had hit the standard for the SEA Games Rudyfer Hernandez of PLDT came in third in 3:58.47 ahead of two Malaysians, Wenlie Maulas 800m silver medalist, Ebren Neri.

Roldan Verano who holds a PB of 3.55.10 and was the other seed for the SEA Games suffered some cramps and ended up ninth.


Athletes miss marks for SEA Games

NCAA Record Holder Mark Harry Diones leaped his best wind-legal jump of 15.84m +0.5 to take the National Title in the Mens Triple Jump. Dione’s effort fell short of the 16.26m qualifying standard for the SEA Games. The 22-year-old from JRU had leaped a 15.96 +2.9 at the NCAA a few weeks back. His older brother Melbert was second in 15.34, with third going to NCAA Silver medalist Ronne Malipay.

Another athlete to miss out on the SEA Games mark was Junrey Bano the many-time national champion and 2011 SEA Games Gold medalist of the 4×400. He won the race in 52.91 from Mohd Firdaus Musa of Malaysia in 53.54. However, the performance in the heats was a bit faster at 52.82. Bano had missed out on the SEA Games qualifying mark of 51.79. NCAA Record Holder Francis Medina another athlete of Coach Trece of Perpetual won the boy’s 400 Hurdles in 53.64.


Lasangue strikes back – after having been dropped last year


An athlete that was removed from the team for failing to qualify and medal in two SEA consecutive SEA Games showed that there is a pathway to redemption for athletes in the new fair selection system. Manuel Lasangue Jr. of Meralco tied his personal best of 3 years ago with a leap of 2.10m. Just 3cm away from the SEA Games record but puts himself back into consideration for the national training pool after being removed last year. Lasangue who has been pretty much training on his own was one of the surprises of the national championships.

The event was won by Muhd Ashraf Saipu Rahman in 2.13m, part of the very strong High Jump stable of Malaysia Athletics.


Bagsit wins but Udtohan and Toledo are the new blood

Bagsit over Toledo Mens 200m Dash (Photo Credit Airnel T. Abarra)

Archand Bagsit took the mens 200m title that he last won in PNG Dumaguete 2012. He timed 21.72 just outside his 21.54 personal best. Bagsit added this to the 400m title he won the other day.

It was two young sprinters that also shone in this event. Second to Bagsit was Aries Toledo of Nueva Viscaya. Rumors came from the North of a very promising sprinter who had run some quite fast times to win the SCUAA MVP title. This was first held in doubt as SCUAA times are not sanctioned official times of the PATAFA. However, it came to pass that Toledo would prove a legitimate performer. The tall 22-year-old won over Bagsit in the heats in 21.87 PB, and then almost matched this in the final in 21.88.

Udtohan throws his hands out in victory after winning the boy’s bi-centennial dash – Airnel T. Abarra

A proven Junior star Jomar Udtohan came off a little behind Jason Alexander of Malaysia off the curve. But with 60m to go Udtohan started piling it on and clocked an impressive 21.86 to win the Boy’s title. He was within the ears width of the long-standing National Junior Record of 21.84 held by Raul Romeo Abangan of Cebu and set 31 years ago.



Kenny Gonzales of Team Rio took his first mens National title in the Javelin with a PB of 62.96m, beating his old PB from 2013 of 62.10m. National Record Holder Danilo Fresnido, 43 was second with 60.82m, and PNG Champion Melvin Calano of Team Rio was third with 58.92m.

Another fine performance came from Matt Crespo (TMS) who threw a personal best of 45.97m to win the boy’s Hammer outside the 47.91m record of Arniel Ferrera.


Caleb Stuart

Arniel Ferrera Caleb Stuart
Caleb Stuart

Airnel T. Abarra for

SANTA CRUZ, LAGUNA- Living up to the crowd’s expectations. Fil-Heritage thrower Caleb Stuart does a sweep in all three throwing disciplines. By winning the last event of the tourney which is the discus throw. During the 2015 Philippine National Open Athletics Championships here at the Laguna Sports Complex, Brgy, Bubukal, Sta. Cruz, Laguna on March 22.

Stuart led the pack by etching a throw of 47.17m. Which is enough to outplay TMS Ship’s, Joel Santa Mina. Sta. Mina marked a throw of 40.87m and John Albert Mantua of JRU registered 39.10m. This win of Stuart is still not enough to erase the current national record at 52.10m. Still, Stuart’s exemplary performance is a signal that he is one of the athletes to watch for Team PH in the 2015 Singapore SEA GAMES.

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