Last Updated on January 16, 2023 by Andrew Pirie

2014 Weekly Relays August

PLDT’s ‘Piston’ hits SEA Gold Standard in 1500m

August 11, 2014

23-year-old PLDT Athlete Roldan Verano, 23, clocked the second-fastest time in South East Asia Sundays Morning Weekly Relays at Phil Sports, Pasig.

The pint-sized yet stocky Verano, a former NCAA standout, bears a striking resemblance to Marathon King Eduardo Buenavista.

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

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Verano’s time of 3:55.3 was not only a 3-second personal record but gave him the second-fastest time in South East Asia this year. It also surpasses the 3.58.02 Gold Medal time of Mohd Jironi Riduan of Malaysia at the 2013 SEA Games.

The fastest time in South East Asia was from National Record Holder (3.47.65, 2011 SEA Games) Mervin Guarte, who clocked 3:55.10 to win the national games in May, Wenlie Maulas was second then in 3:58.30, and Roldan Verano third in 3:59.74.

Verano, however, improved to 3:58.6 and then 3:55.3 taking full advantage of the Weekly Relay meets to better his performances.

The 1500m was a fantastic race with JRU team-mate Rudyfer Hernandez 3:57.8 and Jomar Angus (FEU) 3:59.5, both registering personal best times. Former national coach George Posadas train both Verano and Hernandez.

The SEA Games Bronze minimal standard was 3:58.37 with Guarte, Verano, Rudyfer, and Maulas all under that even there may be bright days ahead for Philippine Middle Distance running. Next Saturday at Pasig is the 800m and all the above have been invited in a Grand Prix of 800m Runners.

Verano’s time was hand time, but we used 3 stopwatches; his times were 3:55.10, 3:55.24, and 3:55.71 as the middle time was 3:55.24; the official result is 3:55.3 with .14 conversion rule 3:55.44 is his converted time.

“I have qualified for the SEA Games,” said a delighted Verano. “I hope this performance is good enough to give me a slot in the national team, I really hope but I have my fingers crossed just in case”.

Verano proves that the Weekly Relays fulfill its motto of being a breeding ground of excellence, with upcoming athletes performing exceptionally well.

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Patch Unso back in shape

Another athlete that showed a return to form on Sunday was National Junior Record Holder and former National Record Holder in the 110 Hurdles Patrick Unso. The 22-year-old who a few years ago was the country’s most dominant Hurdler ended up playing second fiddle to Eric Cray and then Clinton Kingsley Bautista in the 2013 and 2014 National Games.

Today was a different story. Running in lane 8, the DLSU masteral student clocked 14.2 (.11) glided much more smoothly over the hurdles than earlier in the year in what was pretty much a solo effort against some college runners. His time which is around 14.4-14.4et), showed he is now in better shape than the 14.77 he recorded at the National Games in May, albeit still away from his 14.21 personal best at the 2013 National Games.

Meanwhile, National Champion UST Tigress Michelle Loterte, who had her first race this year, easily took the honors in the women’s Hurdles in 15.4 (.33) (15.64 on conversion), quite far from her 14.96 personal best she established 2 years ago.

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Neck to Neck Battle in the invitational Mens 400m

With top 400 Hurdlers Junrey Bano and Jaime Mejia not starting. It was a 6 man field in the mens 400m Invitational A Race. UAAP Bronze medalist Gabriel Soriano (UP) led the way, but then a strong finishing Rey Aldrin the NCAA Champion (JRU) overhauled Gab in the last 30m, with Gab fighting on in a blanket finish. Aldrin clocked 49.88 and Gab 49.92 (both hand-timed), 2013 National Junior champion Reymond Alferos of Mapua was third in 50.5, and National Junior Bronze medalist Dustin De Vera (UST) 4th in 50.7.

Meanwhile, in the Womens 400m Invitational A. UAAP Record Holder Jenny Rosales (UE) made short work of opponents winning in 58.8 (.56 and .72) with Leah Ann Creer ‘Bear’ (DLSU)second in 1.00.6 (.56) and Neslee Angco of UE third in 1.01.3 (.26).

Creer team-mate the Palaro Champion Mary Anthony Diesto won the Long Jump in 5.23m, despite a strong challenge from several UST girls who also leaped above 5 meters.

Weekly Relays is moved to Saturday this week only (rev 1)

August 11, 2014

Advisory is that we will move the weekly relays from Sunday 17th of August to 16th of August for this week. I have been informed that Phil Sports is being used for another event on Sunday, so it has moved to Saturday for this week only. It will be Schedule C (please get the schedule details here)

We will post the fields for the invitational races shortly once we have the entries confirmed.

*Also add mens 800m John Rued Acanto 1:56.74.

Week 6 Report: Obiena raises National Records to 5.15m (Aug 16)

Ernest Obiena
Ernest Obiena

Ernest John Obiena again raised the National and National Junior Record to 5.15m. The 18-year-old Obiena has taken the Junior Mark to a mere footmark of its former 4.30m all the way to 5.15m over the past few years.

Obiena is an example of an athlete who benefited from the IAAF’s Italian Training via former PATAFA President Go Teng Kok. He trained for three months in Italy with coach Vitaliy (former Bubka, former world record-holder).

Obiena returned with a foot injury but could leap 5.01m to break the long-standing mark of Olympian and 3 times SEA Games Champion Edward Lasquete (5.00m), followed by a 5.05m the following week. He came back a few weeks later today to leap 5.06m, 5.10m, and then 5.15m to pull the record to new heights.

EJ, who narrowly missed out on the Asian Games 5th place requirement of 5.20m. Hopes to see action in Singapore Open this coming week. He has greatly benefited from the PSC-PATAFA Weekly Relay Program.

The Performance of 5.15m ranks EJ first equal with Iskandar Alwi of Malaysia. He also tied the winning Gold Medal mark of Kreetha Sintacheewa of Thailand 5.15m, Alwi 5.10m, and Sompong of Thailand 5.00m at the 2013 SEA Games. Sintacheewa, who is training in Italy, now has a best of 5.10m this year.

Invitational A draws out the best of the rest.

I have implemented the Invitational A race. Drawing out increased performances from the ‘Best of the Rest.’ While not all the top athletes are competing her. It is beginning to attract some of the Philippines’ better athletes. What the Invitational ‘A’ is a pre-planned first heat for the track events in some cases one week before the event. The entries are decided based on best times and seasonal best times and recent performances. Ensuring that the best athletes in the meet are all placed against each other which leads to increased performance.

I want to thank all those who support the concept of the Invitational ‘A’. We would point out this race is about quality performance. If there are spare lanes, we prefer to leave them free to retain the race’s quality. As a few of the invited are unable to attend due to school, injury, or other reasons.

I will list some examples below with today’s results.

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800m Mens Invitational ‘A’

  1. 1:52.6 Paul Billones (SB)
  2. 1:52.9 Roldan Verano (PB)
  3. 1.53.1 Ebren Neri (PB)
  4. 1.55.0 Joe Marie Juelo (PB)
  5. 1:55.4 Rued Acanto (PB)
  6. 1:56.4 Jomar Angus (PB)

(as you can see, Paul Billones ran the best time for this year, and the next 5 runners all improved their personal best times. This would not have been possible without a good allocation of runners in events as they probably would not have been placed usually in the Invitational  A race together).

200m Men’s Invitational ‘A.’

The Invitational A draws out some of the best sprinters the country has to offer
  1. 21.9 Jose Unso
  2. 22.1 Isidro Del Prado Jr. (SB)
  3. 22.2 Rey Aldrin (PB)
  4. 22.6 Rodquem Maullon
  5. 22.7 Peter Padal
  6. 22.8 Pearnel Lobos
  7. 24.6 some other dude

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(we evenly placed the first heat with 6 invited runners running sub 23, the 24.6 guy wasn’t actually invited to the first heat but put himself in the race where he was clearly outclassed by nearly 10 meters from the place in front of him. National Silver Medalist Jose Unso blitzed the field some 5-6 meters ahead of Del Prado, the UAAP Champion after 100m; however, Del Prado fought his way back from 5th at the 100m to second, but Jose put too much on the rest at the start. Anfernee Lopena was not able to attend due to an upset stomach. Still, we are delighted at the dedication and support regularly, showing up to Weekly Relays. Romnick Nor had a sore hamstring, so wisely opted not to run).

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200m Womens Invitational ‘A.’

  1. 25.4 Eloiza Luzon (PB),
  2. 25.8 Jinky Obanon (PB),
  3. 26.1 Maureen Emily Schrijvers (SB),
  4. 26.4 Glaiza Salcedo,
  5. 26.5 Leah Ann Creer

(a good evenly matched heat of athletes who were all on paper sub 26 runners based on PB. UAAP Record Holder Jenny Rosales withdrew as she had class today. UAAP Silver medalist Eloiza Luzon, 18, recorded a new PB of 25.4 to win the Womens Invitational A Race. The Former Palaro Champion from Northern Mindanao held off Jinky Obanon, second to Jenny last week, and improved her 25.9.

In the 2nd heat, Happy Denuyo won in 26.7, and in heat 3, Palaro 100m Champion Mary Anthony Diesto in 26.9. Diesto was actually listed as heat 2, but the lanes filled up, so she had to go in heat 3.

400H and Pach injured in 4×100

Patrick Unso won the 400 Hurdles in 53.5; the other race results are not currently available, but again we evenly matched it as the slower runners already grabbed most of the lanes in Heat 1. So heat 2 became the Invitational ‘A’ Race.

Unfortunately, Pach injured his hamstring in the 4×100 on the last leg. I immediately alerted the medics to go over there, and I had to assist with medical treatment and advise the medics to crush the ice as they were applying big chunks on him, which was ineffective.

2014 Weekly Relays August

 

Invitational A Concept and Start Lists for Weekly Relays Sunday 20th of August (revised)

Aug 20

The Invitational A has been introduced to the weekly relays by ATFS Statistician Andrew Pirie, a PSC Consultant for the meet. I work for Commissioner  Gomez, who assisted in helping revive the Weekly Relays a few years back.

As some do not understand this event’s purpose and concept, we have outlined this concept of this idea. This is to help promote athletics. We want people’s support; we are not trying to alienate or leave anyone out; we want to persuade people it’s a good idea. We are very thankful for everyone’s continued support in promoting athletics.

The Weekly Relays is the breeding ground of excellence, and the elite race will help inspire upcoming athletes by giving them something bigger to aim for in the future.

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The Concept of the Invitational A race is as follows.

  • It is an elite race that is only for athletes who are invited to participate.
  • The athletes are chosen based on best times for the year or personal best times based on the Philippine Ranking Lists.
  • If the best athletes are not available, we keep going down the list until the best 8 available are selected for the race.
  • These eight names are locked in before the race starts.
  • This concept is applied for track events, but there is no reason why we can’t also apply it for field events.
  • The first heat of an event is considered the Invitational A Race.

New ideas

  • The Invitational A competitors would be announced before the meet.
  • The Invitational A competitors will be announced by lane before the start of the race.

Restrictions

  • To ensure the quality of an Invitational A race, athletes who are not invited to the race may not join.
  • If there are empty lanes as athletes withdraw, they remain empty in an Invitational A Race.
  • Athletes who sneak their way into Invitational A Races will be asked to leave or disqualified from the official results.
Due to the number of withdrawals, we have redrawn the weekly relays Invitational A race

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Week 6 Report OBIENA RAISES THE BAR TO 5.15M

Ernest John Obiena again raised the National and National Junior Record to 5.15m. The 18-year-old Obiena has taken the Junior Mark to a mere footmark of its former 4.30m all the way to 5.15m over the past few years.

Obiena is an example of an athlete who benefited from the IAAF’s Italian Training via former PATAFA President Go Teng Kok. He trained for three months in Italy with coach Vitaliy (former Bubka former world record-holder).

Obiena returned with a foot injury but could leap 5.01m to break the long-standing mark of Olympian and 3 times SEA Games Champion Edward Lasquete (5.00m), followed by a 5.05m the following week. He came back a few weeks later today to leap 5.06m, 5.10m, and then 5.15m to pull the record to new heights.

EJ, who narrowly missed out on the Asian Games 5th place requirement of 5.20m, hopes to see action in Singapore Open this coming week. He has greatly benefited from the PSC-PATAFA Weekly Relay Program.

The Performance of 5.15m ranks EJ first equal with Iskandar Alwi of Malaysia. He also tied the winning Gold Medal mark of Kreetha Sintacheewa of Thailand 5.15m, Alwi 5.10m, and Sompong of Thailand 5.00m at the 2013 SEA Games. Sintacheewa, who is training in Italy, now has a best of 5.10m this year.

Week 7 (24.08.14) Weekly Relays Schedule B Report

Entries were watered down this week as the Milo Little Olympics was in progress at Marikina over Saturday and Sunday, which saw a drop as this was for kids 16 and under. Instead of 15 heats of kids in the 100m. There were just 2 or 3 in the youth grade. A lot of athletes chose to take this week off as well due to the long weekend. Also, this weekend, a team of Asian Games-bound athletes were participating in the Singapore Open.

UST, who would use this as a rest week, brought a full team as they discovered their alternate training facility Marikina had been closed. DLSU, due to a hard workout yesterday, opted not to attend. A team traveled all the way from Lyceum of Batangas to participate, while DLSU Dasmarinas didn’t participate as the bus service wasn’t available. UP had a school team building, so I wasn’t able to attend.

JRU, FEU, Adamson, and several other colleges competed. At the same time, Ateneo is looking at joining the meet next week.

 

Invitational A Races

I announced the Invitational A Race entries on the loudspeaker at the start, so they were aware of the participants. Unfortunately, as I had to make sure the competitors were present, I couldn’t announce them lane by lane this week, but we will implement it this coming week.

The Mens 100m was up first with the absence of the countries best sprinters. Arellano Rodquem Maullon emerged as the clear winner in the mens 100m Dash in a time of 10.8. Arellano coach Pines Lim is mentoring the 18-year-old NCAA Bronze medalist. The man who originally discovered future SEA Games Gold Medalist in 400 Hurdles Grace Melgar, the 2007 SEA Games Silver Medalist.

The stocky Maullon, who smashed the ground hard-rocking side to side, had his first win. Having lined up and not finishing in the top three during the 2014 Weekly Relay Serie in any race so far.

PRISAA Bronze Medalist Albin Albano of Lyceum of Batangas was second in 11.0, and PLDT Abdul Apues, a former NCAA Bronze medalist, was third in 11.1.

*Please note the first heats times are still being adjusted, and the need for Electronics to sort out this would have been helpful.

The Second heat was won by Renzo Capingian of Mapua in 11.0, with National 110 Hurdles Champion Clinton Kingsley Bautista tucked back in heat 7 to win in 11.0.

 

Womens 100m

The Womens 100m was a solid lineup with athletes who originally withdrew, re-entering the race. UAAP Record Holder Jenny Rosales of UE won the 100m in 12.3; Rosales led but couldn’t quite shake off the challenge of Eloiza Luzon of UST; last year’s Uni Games champion closed behind in 12.4.

Surprisingly Marimar Amarga of FEU clinched third in 12.6 (much to the similar example set by FEU teammate Avegail Dizon where she got a surprise 3rd at the UAAP last year). Uni Games silver medalist Glaiza Salcedo of UST was 4th in 12.6. UAAP Long Jump Champion Happy Denuyo of UST 5th in 12.6, and Christine Del Rio of FEU 6th in 12.6. With 6 of the 7 competitors in the womens breaking 13 seconds.

The winners of the A Race’s were rewarded T-shirts from the Academy of Speed via Pinoyathletics.

 

5000M Races good fields also

In the Mens 5000m, National Champion in 10,000m Richard Salano of UE won in 15:22; last series 5000m winner Anthony Nerza of Airforce was second in 15:24 with 2013 National Champion Rafael Poliquit 15:27. It was a high-quality race featuring NCAA Silver medalist Immuel Camino and UAAP 10,000m Record Holder Ben Alejandrino making a comeback.

In the Womens 5000m, Cristina Jaro of Airforce improved on her best time to run 19:22, the second-fastest time this year in the event. Her younger sister Cellie Rose Jaro UE clocked 19:37, a personal best for second place.

Weekly Relays Week 8 (Schedule B) Invitational ‘A’ Start Lists

Aug 29

This Weekend will be schedule B. Our series of Invitational ‘A’ Races continues. Bringing together the best athletes available in Manila in a head-to-head battle has drawn out SEA Games Qualifications, Personal, and Seasons best in the elite fields.

This weekend, the action continues at PSC-PATAFA Weekly Relays the development of excellence in Track and Field with the Mens 110 Hurdles, Mens 400m, and Womens 400m Dash getting invitational status. However, due to insufficient quality entries in the Womens 100 Hurdles. This event is no longer considered an invitational event.

400m

A solid men’s 400m Field will see NCAA Champion Rey Aldrin. Who has dominated this event, winning the last 2 invitational series. He will have some good challenges from the returning UAAP Junior Record Holder Jaime Mejia and 2013 National Junior Champion Reymond Alferos. Still awaiting a decision from is National 400 Hurdles Champion Junrey Bano. Who would be the fastest man in the race if he accepts the challenge.

In the Womens 400m, Jenny Rose Rosales, the UAAP Record Holder (54.65), slowly makes her way back into shape. Rosales having won the last two of these events with 1.00.0 and 58.8. In addition, Palaro Champion Leah Ann Creer and UAAP Silver Medalist and teammate Neslee Angco who finished second and third in this race. Should also feature in this race aswell as National Champion Jinky Obanon.

Hurdles

Even though the womens 100 Hurdles has been canceled due to insufficient interest. The Mens 110 Hurdles is sure to be a good one. National Champion Clinton Kingsley Bautista will take on two promising teenagers NCAA Champion Francis Medina and Nestley Tercero, the Palaro Bronze Medalist. Also, Mejia, Unso, and Fransico could challenge but have to confirm their participation.

Please note all these races are now locked. Meaning we will not accept any replacement entries at this late date. We will leave the lanes empty if athletes pull out or fail to show.

This Weekend will be schedule B. Our series of Invitational ‘A’ Races continues. Bringing together the best athletes available in Manila in a head-to-head battle has drawn out SEA Games Qualifications, Personal, and Seasons best in the elite fields.

This weekend, the action continues at PSC-PATAFA Weekly Relays the development of excellence in Track and Field with the Mens 110 Hurdles, Mens 400m, and Womens 400m Dash getting invitational status. However, due to insufficient quality entries in the Womens 100 Hurdles, this event is no longer considered an invitational event.

Please note all these races are now locked, meaning we will not accept any replacement entries at this late date. We will leave the lanes empty if athletes pull out or fail to show.

 

Week 8 Report (31.08.14) Ubas impresses, new prospects emerge.

Ubas Impresses in Pole Vault and Long Jump

Little Janry Ubas puts himself on the all-time list for the Mens Pole Vault at the Weekly Relays.

Janry Ubas took the mens long jump with 7.14m, just 1cm off his best performance from SEA Games Champion Henry Dagmil 7.12m. National Junior and Palaro Champion Jerry Belibestre of Bacolod, who scored a new PB of 7.09m.

The 16-year-old Belibestre, who is in Manila en route to a training camp sponsored by the IOC in Qatar. Belibestre is accompanied by Mr. Miguel Arca. Belibestre has had a wonderful season winning three national age-grade titles also with the Batang Pinoy.

Ubas continued to show fine form with a new personal best of 4.60m in the Pole Vault. The National Champion and UAAP Record Holder finished second. The win went to National and National Junior Record Holder Ernest Obiena, who took the win this time in 5.00m.

Ubas leap was ninth on the Philippine Mens All-Time list for Pole Vault. The pint-sized jumper has won national medals in all four of the jumping events.

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Rosales wins, but a new prospect emerges.

Jenny Rose Rosales of UE had her third straight victory in the Invitational women’s 400m Dash Weekly Relay Serie. The 20-year-old, who holds the UAAP Record at 54.65, clocked a seasonal best time of 56.3. Her previous times being 1.00.0 and 58.8.

However, a new prospect emerged in this event. Jinky Obanon of RTU, the petite 19-year-old, latched onto Rosales the last 100m. Not dropping back any space on Rosales, who had a 5 stride lead and clocked a new personal best of 57.7.

UAAP Silver Medalist Neslee Angco of UE was well back in third place in 1.00.0. While Leah Ann Creer, the Palaro Champion, did not start the race.

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A surprise win in 400m

It was a surprise win of sorts when specialist Triple Jumper Mark Harry Diones of JRU defeated his teammate, the NCAA 400m Champion Rey Aldrin, 49.5 to 49.7. The tall 20-year-old drawn in lane 1 out strode Aldrin to capture a new personal best time. Aldrin had previously won the last two Mens Invitational ‘A’  400m events.

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CKB beats the best the Philippines has to offer

In a field that involved all the best Hurdlers the country had to offer, National Champion Clinton Kingsley Bautista emerged victorious in the Mens Invitational A Race with a time of 14.6. Albeit slightly off his 14.73 winning times at the national games.

The only athletes not in the race were National Record Holder Eric Cray, based in the United States, National Junior Record Holder & UAAP Champion Patrick Unso.

CKB held off PRISAA Champion Robert Fransico (15.0) and NCAA Silver Medalist Domingo Cabradilla (15.3), also beating NCAA Champion Francis Medina, UAAP Decathlon Champion Ian Delos Santos, UAAP JR Record Holder and Palaro Champion Jaime Mejia and Palaro Bronze Medalist Nestley Tercero.

It was a seven-man race due to a lack of Hurdle; the 5’11 CKB was clear of the field with 2 hurdles to go.

In the Womens 100 Hurdles, UAAP and National Champion Michelle Loterte, who lacked any decent competition, improved her season’s best to 15.3, about .7 seconds ahead of second place.

 

More improvements in the 1500m

With SEA Qualifier Roldan Verano (3:55.3) taking a well-earned rest, this time’s win went to his teammate from JRU Rudyfer Hernandez (3:58.8). Whose time this week was a second slower than the SEA Qualifying mark he posted three weeks ago. John Rued Acanto of Perpetual clocked a personal best of 3:59.2. While Jomar Angus of FEU equaled his best mark with 3:59.5.

This now puts six men below 4:00.0 for 2014 compared to just two last year.

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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 Pinoyathletics.info, 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 http://www.pinoyathletics.info/coaching-2/

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