2019 Philippines National Track and Field Open
2019 Philippines National Track and Field – Men’s High Jump
- Gold – 1.92m Leonard Grospe
- Silver – 1.92m Shane Patrick Tolentino
*Leonard Gruspe first-ever win over teammate Shane Patrick Tolentino. Tolentino took bronze in the SEA Youth. Both boys have leaped 1.95m at CLRAA.
2019 Philippines National Track and Field – Men’s Long Jump
- Gold – 7.55m Janry Ubas
- Silver – 7.24m Julian Fuentes
- Bronze – 7.23m Karl Aquino (PB)
- 4th – 7.13m Miller Manluat ??
- 5th – 7.11m Jerry Belibestre
*Criteria set by PATAFA 5th place minimal from last SEA Games 7.53m only Ubas made it.
Just in the first event down Richard Salano of the Philippine Army defends his men’s 10,000m title in 31:41 (unofficially). From Milo Marathon Champion Rafael Poliquit (31.42) and Anthony Nerza (31.43).
Both of the Philippine Airforce putting up a fierce 3-way fight. Salano’s time is the fastest in South East Asia for the early stages of 2019. It is unofficially a new PB for Salano who ran 32:15 back in 2014, and 32:37 at this event last year.
Coming up at 7 am is the very competitive men’s Long Jump. SEA Games bronze medalist Janry Ubas will face the challenge of three athletes from outside the national team.
Julian Reem Fuentes the 2018 PNG and National Champion, Donovant Arriola Grant the 2015 SEA Games bronze medalist and Jerry Belibestre the National Junior Record Holder.
Joyme Sequita runs #2 time in the 400m for the Philippines
*NB this article was a long time coming as I had been busy with other writeups. And wanted a quality article. Which involved data gathering.
The most interesting find is 6’2 Joyme Sequita who hails from Roxas City, Capiz. It has been quite a meteoric rise for the 22-year-old Sequita who won the National PRISAA Championship in May at Bohol on a
A few weeks later at the National Championships in Ilagan. In the lucky last heat 4 of 4 Sequita competing for Mapua University clocked a new personal best of 48.16, finishing second in the heat behind H.M. Dilip Ruwan of Sri Lanka (47.19). Ruwan a member of the Silver medal-winning 4×400 team at the 2017 Asian Championships.
The timing in the heats was fairly accurate compared to my video times 47.10/47.19, 48.05/48.16, 48.20/48.18,
48.85/48.63, 50.75/50.78. With no times more than .25, and most within .15.
In the Semi-Finals, Sequita jogged through easily in third place in 49.36, behind Kumar of Sri Lanka and Tahir of Malaysia who he later went on to beat in the finals. Joyme Sequita also runs the 200 and 400
Hurdles but he likes the 400 best.
Sequita after conserving in the semi-finals clocked a New Personal best of 47.34 in the Finals to take the silver medal. Impressive as he beat a lot more experienced members of the national 4×400 relay team.
With Alejan not competing due to health issues, Bagsit opting to run the 200, Caido eliminated in the semi-finals, and Mico Del Prado focusing on 400 Hurdles.
In fact no members of the national team made the finals.
Sequita and Alferos
With Sequita and Alferos who train with 2001/2003 SEA Games Champion and Former national coach Ernie Candelario and Frederick Ramirez of JRU who trains with national coach Noel George ‘Jojo’ Posadas only 3 Filipinos made the final. The rest was 2 Sri Lankans, and 3 Malaysians.
Sequita finished behind Ruwan again in the final with Ruwan officially clocking 46.87 and he wedged out the other Sri Lankan Pre-Kumara who timed 47.65. With Ramirez in 5th and Alferos in 6th.
In this video, the video software didn’t sync with the official times. However, we think the timer might have been off as we pulled the times from 2 videos. Listed video 1, video 2 official. 46.48/46.50/46.87, 46.92/46.90/47.34, 47.35/47.65, 47.55/47.91, 47.71/48.07 In this case we are looking at times which are around .3 to .4 off. But two videos were compared.
Coached by Candelario
Perhaps one of the most underrated coaches in the Philippines Track and Field. Candelario who was terminated from the national team by the PATAFA despite producing SEA Games medalists in 2015 is arguably the best 400 coach in the country.
Having got big improvements earlier on with Archand Bagsit, Edgardo Alejan, Isidro Del Prado Jr., Ryan Bigyan, Marco Vilog, Reymond Alferos and now Joyme Sequita. Candelario who works for Philspada now also helps coach Para-Athlete Cielo Honasan a multiple Para SEA Games medallists.
Candelario had taken Sequita from 49 to 47.34 as he has coached him via correspondence and then directly at his own expense. Sequita was also helped a lot by Iloilo Paramount coach the Zen Master Noel Diel.
Candelario reported before Nationals Joyme was comfortably hitting times of 34 seconds x 2 in training so based on that I saw it’s going to be a 47 sec run at nationals.
“ We have to fix many things with him but his knee action in the finish helped a lot,” said Sequita’s coach, Ernie Candelario in a phone interview.
“ He is a real sprinter-type 400-meter man,”
added Candelario, a former SEA Games 400m champion.”
Spotted in PRISAA
Candelario spotted Sequita two years ago in the PRISAA. He said every year, he would ask Sequita to join training sessions.
“He stil has to build muscle that’s why he can’t use the (starting) blocks much,”
said Candelario. “But we will get there.” –
Sequita took the Airforce exam but wasn’t able to pass he may be retaking it.
You can read about other great performances at the 2018 National Open here
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2019 Philippines National Track and Field Open