2021 Mindanao Track League

Last Updated on April 8, 2023 by Andrew Pirie

Mindanao Track League Butuan

Season 6 of the Blue Knights was the last official Season of Blue Knights which ran from 2014-2019. Several factors stopped the Blue Knights from proceeding. While Prof Airnel Abarra started his doctorate in Europe, so was no longer able to oversee events in Mindanao. And secondly, the Pandemic also prevented any events in Mindanao in 2020. In 2021 an incarnation branded under PinoyAthletics held three Mindanao Track League meets in Butuan City

Pinoyathletics Mindanao Track and Field League Butuan (Dec 4) Full Results


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Recording times with Video Frame Software with Full View of Start and Finish taking into account reaction time.

If No Video or video with no clear view of start and finish was provided. We resorted to our backup hand times.

*NB Jayson Dajan was about 2 meters clear on Araneta and heard a whistle which he assumed indicated a false start so eased up. 19-year-old Araneta who dead-heated with National athlete Janry Ubas at Pinoyathletics SprinTopia in Cagayan De Oro went on to win the race.

Pinoyathletics Mindanao Track League Leg at Butuan Event Kicks off on December 4 Despite Heavy Rain

As heavy rain pours down the night before the meet. Pushing the event through, although there may be delays to the schedule may force events to be moved forward at the official’s discretion.


The Mens 100 Meter should be an exciting one to watch. Former UAAP Bronze Medalist William Galceran, 25 representing the Villanueva Team and also their Team Captain. Galceran holds a personal best of 10.96, and these days is a full-time teacher and assistant coach but now returns to his beloved Sprint Events.

Perhaps a big challenge to Christian Evanoso who took 2nd and 3rd in the last two legs of the Mindanao Track League held in Butuan in April and June. Jayson Dajan of Villanueva and promising junior John Araneta who dead-heated with national athlete Janry Ubas at Pinoyathletics SprinTopia also will challenge for medals.

Jerome Sarinas who won the first two events the second in a scorching 10.93 the 4th fastest time in the Philippines Ranking Lists for 2021 opted not to join due to work.  The Men will line up in an A and B Timed Final with the top 3 times getting the medals. A fully booked 8-lane lineup in the Youth Final.


Other Events

Also very exciting in the Mens 400m will be UAAP 4th placer 2018 Jestony Magarzo, 24  another FEU athlete representing Sto. Tomas National High School Track Team in the Mens 400m. Magarzo the fastest man in the field with a PB of 49.15 is up against Christian Evanoso who has run 49.8.

Highlighting the Mens 800 is Elbren Neri the 2016 ASEAN University Games Champion representing Tangub City. Neri holds a Personal best of 1:52.16. Neri will get a tuneup here with Benjie Duhac (1:58) (Pinoyathletics) and Jumell Gonzales (1:59) (Sto. Tomas Davao). 

Then in the 1500m and 5000m, Dhem Monton (Sarangani) and Onyamerkl Espinosa (Tangub City) do battle along with Benjie Duhac.

Villanueva teammates Jayson Dajan and Lianne Pama had a shakeout at the track the day before the competition.


Womens Athletics

The Women’s 100m was highlighted by the 18-year-old Lianne Diana Pama the Palaro Silver Medalist representing Villanueva Team. Pama who has a PB of 12.10, will line up against her former UST teammate Joanna Mae Lacay and Villanueva teammate Aiko Ranara. While Lacay and Ranara will do battle in the 200 meters.

The Womens 800,1500, 3000, and Long Jump each only have 3 entries so each is assured a medal.

The One Day event wraps up with the Mixed 4×100 Relays with teams from Villanueva, Tandag City, and Malaybalay Going head to head.  

Delegations from Butuan City, Tandag City, Tangub City, Cagayan De Oro, Surigao City, Cabadarban City, Sto Tomas Davao HS Del Norte, Sarangani, Malaybalay City Bukidnon, Villanueva, Loreto, Medina, Sileanians and Buenvaista have joined the meet.

The event has the largest number of participants since the Pandemic started with 60-70 athletes. Which exceeds SprinTopia, and both leg of Butuan meets. And serves as a prelude to the Ayala Philippines Athletics Championships in Baguio December 16-17. In which a lot of athletes joining this event will be doubling up in a few weeks.

Dennis Scott, Meet Director


  1. Michael Mordeno, Starter
  2. William Christian Lumindas, Finish Line, Video
  3. Sheila Maza, Long Jump
  4. Joery Arsolon, Long Jump assistant
  5. Joshua Rimando, Timer
  6. Carol Sotto, Finish Line, Lap Counter
  7. JC Gamolo, Finish Line, Lap Counter
  8. Eugene Demetri, Finish Line, Lap Counter
  9. Chen Lago, asst Starter (leads athletes to starting line and lane assignments)

Pinoyathletics Mindanao Track League Leg – Butuan City (December 4)

We are announcing Pinoyathletic’s 14th and final meet for 2020-2021 and welcoming the Athletes of Mindanao. To the continuation of the Mindanao Track League.


What –  Pinoyathletics Mindanao Track League Leg

When – December 4

Where – Poly Sports, Butuan City

Who – Mindanao Athletes in compliance with LGU and COVID Regulations.

Why –

  • Serve as qualifying to local athletes for Batang Pinoy and National Games. 
  • Motivate athletes and coaches. 
  • Inspire the Athletic Community

How – A self-sustaining event.

Polysports Complex as of November 16, 2019

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*Please read the information below, and email completed forms to [email protected]



  1. Entry 150 PHP Per Athlete via GCASH; No Cash Payments accepted.
    1. All payments must be in no later than November 21 
    2. We will only issue invitation letters once we receive the registration fee 
  2. Payments are to be made via GCASH
    1. 150PHP per athlete
    2. Benjie Duhac / 09074011563
    3. Please email [email protected]
      1. A copy of the receipt of payment (GCASH name used and cell # so we can match up payments)
      2. Proof of vaccination card
      3. Entry Details (in the form above)
    4. ENTRY DETAILS (in the form provided above)
  3. Entry Fee is to cover meet fees including but not limited to Paying Officials, Medals, other meet costs
  4. After the meeting, we will provide a financial summary of expenditures.
  5. If the event is canceled we will provide a full refund of entry fees.


  1. To join the event either
    1. 2 Vaccinations are required
    2. 1 Vaccination and  Antigen Test (At athlete’s own expense)
  2. Pinoyathletics on request can provide invitation letters to LGUs
  3. Athletes will be responsible for all costs related to their teams. Included but not limited to
    1. 150 PHP ENTRY FEE
    2. Travel to the event
    3. Food and Meals
    4. Accommodation arrangements if staying overnight

It is the responsibility of the Athletes to obtain reimbursements from their LGU. We will provide receipts or invitation letters to help assist with this.


  2. Each official listed will be remunerated 500PHP total for days of work


  1. 100M, 200M, 400M, 800M, 1500M, 3000M WOMEN, 5000M MEN, MIXED RELAY 4X100. LONG JUMP
  2. The Track Oval at Butuan is oversized and measures 423m around in lane two; markings have been placed


  1. Medals will be awarded to 
    1. w Overall Top 3 in Each Event
    2. The Top 3 Juniors (born Jan 1, 2002, and after in each event) if there are 3 or more
    3. The Top 3 Youths (born Jan 1, 2004, and after in each event) if there are 3 or more
    4. Any Masters Athletes that finish Top 3 (regardless of numbers entered in the event)
  2. E-Certificates will be awarded to Athletes who participate
  3. E-Certificates will be awarded to coaches and officials on request (please email [email protected])
  4. MASIV SPORT will be giving prize singlets with free LGU Branch pickup delivery to the winners of each event.
  5. We are also seeking sponsorship to give an incentive to Anyone who breaks a SEA Games Qualification Standard at this event.

Pinoyathletics Mindanao Track League : Butuan 2.0

Sarinas tops 100-meter run in PB in Mindanao Track League

Article by Andrew Pirie, edited by Manolo Pedralvez

HOMETOWN favorite Jerome Sarinas ruled the men’s 100-meter dash in a personal best time of 10.93 seconds. To highlight action in the second leg of the Pinoyathletics Mindanao Track League at the Poly Sports track oval in Butuan City on Sunday.  

Sarinas led in topping the event. Besting former UAAP sprint bronze medalist and Davao del Norte’s Kenneth Paculba, who settled for silver (11.10) seconds, while Butuan City’s Christian Evanoso, a silver medalist in the meet’s first leg, was third (11.11).  

The Butuan City pride surpassed his previous best of 11.17 seconds in the opening leg of the trackfest. Also held the same track, slowly establishing himself as the fastest man in Mindanao.

Theresa May Cabunillas made it a sprint double for the hosts in clinching the women’s 100-meter race in a personal best of 13.97 seconds, while teammate Carol Kate Sotto was second (14.29) and Margga Pauline Bless Ligon third (14.90)  

Sarinas rose to No. 2 in the national rankings in the event compiled by pinoyathletics,  the event organizer behind Filipino-American Nolan Crespo, who has booked 10.76 and 10.88 seconds in recent years meets held in California.

MEN’S 100-METER RUN TOP THREE:   Jerome Sarinas (left), Kenneth Paculba, and Christian Evanoso finished 1-2-3 in the second leg of the Mindanao Track League organized by Pinoyathletics.

Computer software was used in determining the actual times of the races

At the same time, Butuan-based Dennis Scott, a former Masters runner, personally supervised the event at the track site, according to Pinoyathletics website co-founder Andrew Pirie.  

“While we had some withdrawals due to the COVID-19 restrictions, we still had a good field in the men’s 100-meter race,” said Pirie of the trackfest supported by outfitter Masiv Sports.

Masiv Sports gave away singlets and Scott medals to all the winners.  

“We hope that the athletes who run in our events will be prepared for the Philippines National Open in September,” Pirie, a certified track and field coach by Athletics Australia and former Philippine Sports Commission statistician, said.  

“The Mindanao Track League hopes to fill in the vacuum in the absence of track competitions in Mindanao,” Pirie stressed. “We are looking forward to more competitions before the National Open.”

The winners were also among the day’s winners were Benjie Duhac and Marika Lyka Sarmiento, the men’s and women’s 1,500-meters  in 4:20.00 and 5:32.00, respectively.


Butuan 2.0 part of Pinoyathletics Mindanao Track League

The Pinoyathletics Mindanao Track League returns to Butuan again after its successful staging of the Battle of Butuan on the 24th of April 2021. Highlighting the meet will be the Men’s 100m Dash despite having to be scaled down due to the withdrawal of the Cagayan De Oro Athletes due to travel restrictions due to COVID. However, the meeting will still push through.

Jerome Sarinas and John Kenneth Paculba will go head to head in the Men’s 100 Meters on Sunday.

The challenge is on for the competitors, and with the level of competition at this meet, we may even see a sub-11 run to win the 100 meters at this meet.  So far, only Fil-Heritage athlete Nolan Crespo has run under 11 seconds. This year, Jerome Sarinas, who ranks #2 in the Philippines Rankings, prepares to defend his Gold from April 24.

Headlining the meet is Former UAAP Junior MVP Jerome Sarinas. The 22-year-old Sarinas emerged victorious on April 24 at the Pinoyathletics Battle Butuan on April 24, besting 11 athletes clocking 11.17 (video time 10.6-10.8 hand-timed) and narrowly holding off Christian Evanoso, who was just .05 seconds behind in 11.22.  Hence the 2 athletes from Butuan took Gold and Silver.


Big Sarinas

The 5’10 Sarinas, the 2018 National bronze medalist in the 400 Hurdles, ran 11.17 without starting blocks, equating to around 11.02. Just outside his lifetime, his Personal best of 11.09.

Aswell as a rematch with  Evanoso Sarinas will have the challenge of running against John Kenneth Paculba, the UAAP Bronze Medalist in the 100m from 2018. Paculba ran his PB, taking that bronze in 11.02. Paculba will be representing his province of Davao Del Norte.

The 100 Meters men’s features 12 athletes, with the top 3 from each heat advancing to the Finals. Winners of each event will be awarded a new singlet as pictured below by our sponsors Masiv Sports.


Womens 100M Open

The Women’s 100 Meters will be a straight final and an open affair with Lianne Pama  (Misamis Oriental/Pinoyathletics) deciding not to join this meet due to travel restrictions. Cabunillas (Butuan City) and Duran (Team Buenavista), who finished with silver and bronze behind Pama, will start at the event.

In the Men’s 1500 Meters Benjie Duhac (Pinoyathletics/DND), who won the 3000 Meter in 9:47 on April 24, will be attempting to break his personal best of 4:14 and go under the SEA Games standard of 4:08.27. While the Women’s 1500 Meters has only four athletes, Maria Lyka Sarmiento (Pinoyathletics), a multiple UAAP Medalist with a PB of 4:54, will lead the women’s event.

Butuan 2.0 part of Pinoyathletics Mindanao Track League Event Schedule – Tentative may change based on the number of entries. *DUE TO A LACK OF OFFICIALS, THE PROGRAM HAS BEEN MODIFIED

New Schedule Sunday 23rd, 2021 at Poly Sports

7.00 am 1500 men

7.30 am 1500 women

8.15 am 100 men heats

8.45 am 100 women finals

9.15 am 100m men’s finals


  1. Entry to the meet is Free.
  2. Entries closed on May 18, 2021, due to a lack of officials. The event table was modified.
  3. Strictly no entries will be accepted after this date.

Butuan Pinoyathletics Mindanao Track League Further, Meet Information

  1. Qualification to Finals from 100M Heats will be determined based on the number of entries announced before the meet starts.
  2. While we will have backup hand times, the official results will come from video software more accurately than hand timing.
  3. Athletes may use starting blocks for the 100 meters if they bring them. But starting blocks will not be provided for at the meet.
  4. Only 6 Lanes are available to use in the 100m Lanes 2-7. 1 and 8 are damaged.


As the Track Oval is 415m from Lane 1 and 423.7m from Lane 2. And can use only Lane 2. So lane 1 will be considered a DQ off the track. 

The 1500m logistics are as follows

228.9m before the finish line

Then 3 laps x 423.7m  = 1271.1m

Total 1500m


Our Sponsor, Masiv Sports, will be giving away a Free Singlet to the winners of each event. LBC Pickup from Branch only.

Butuan Pinoyathletics Mindanao Track League List of Confirmed Entries (14.05.21 ENTRIES CLOSED AS, OF MAY 18, 2021 due to lack of officials. Event table modified see above).

Pinoyathletics Epic 2021 Battle at Butuan City Full Results and Video

April 24

Pinoyathletics Butuan City April 24  Meet Report by Dennis Scott Tournament Director (some editing by Enzo Williams)

THE PINOYATHLETICS BATTLE AT BUTUAN City track meet was held this past Saturday, April 24, at the Butuan Polysports Complex track oval, Butuan City, and attended by athletes across northern Mindanao, and one from Aklan Province, Western Visayas.

It is believed the event is only the 2nd track meet in Mindanao since covid restrictions began over a year ago. The 1st includes podium medals awarding, prizes, etc. The first is Pinoyathletics SprinTopia

Former UAAP Junior MVP Jerome Sarinas, a former National Bronze Medalist in Mens 400 Hurdles. Made full use of his strength in that event to win his heat in 11.20. Heat 2 was not videoed, it was hand-timed at 11.0ht with CJ Evanoso winning heat 2. The final proved to be a two-dual between two hometown favorites, with Sarinas narrowly holding off the smaller but fast-finishing Evanoso 11.17 to 11.22.

The womens 100m with 2019 Palarong Pambansa Silver medalist 18-year-old Lianne Diana Pama of Misamis Oriental was not so close after clocking 12.60 in her heat, running 12.50 in the final. Pama, who holds a PB from 2019 of 12.22 secs (12.10 wind-aided), won by 1.12 seconds at SprinTopia in 12.36 and then 1.53 seconds from second place at Butuan. Next on the Mindanao circuit is Pagadian.
In the 3000m, Benjie Duhac (Bayugan City) had a narrow win over Rico Patanao of Dawn and Dusk from 9:48 to 9:49. At the same time, Maria Lyka Sarmiento of Aklan won the women’s 3000m.


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The competition was organized by PinoyAthletics Enzo Williams, with Masiv Sports and others donating medals, sports attire, and more.
Dennis Scott performed as Meet Director, with Meach Chua (Assistant Director) and
Michael Vernon Mordeno (our starter) from Team Buena Vista, Joshua Rimando (Timer),
Sheila Maza (Finish Line Assistant), and numerous others. Also, bless the volunteers with water containers and cups.

The Event

The competition started with Men’s and Women’s 100m heats. After that, two heats were held for each group, with the top 3 in each heat advancing to the finals. Next were the 22 3000m runners (16 men and 6 women) seeded by best times, with the fastest in Group A (12) and the remainder in Group B (10). The competition ended with the finals for the Men’s and Women’s 100m.
The awarding began with Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals being awarded to the top 3 in each event. Special recognition goes to Honeycel Jane Opiso (Gemini June), and Joery Arson. Jerry May Delavictoria and Rey Mark Rante, the volunteers who assisted in preparing the track for the competition.

Fixing the Track

This included the use of a measuring wheel to measure the track in Lane 2 to establish a new 3000m start line; cleaning the inside of Lane 2 and outer Lane 1 in the curves of grass and weeds; chopping down small trees blocking full view of the track in some areas; remarking the 100m lanes so that runners wouldn’t be encroaching on each other’s lanes, and remarking the inside of lane 2 in the curves so that 3000m runners wouldn’t be stepping in lane 1 and risking disqualification.
Huge thanks to these people and a few who helped and left before I could get their names.
During the competition, heat and final event videos were uploaded to PinoyAthletics for review by their computer software to analyze for individual times versus the hand timing being done trackside,
I attach some photos of the winners, volunteers, and supporters, but these are by no means complete. Please tag yourselves, and those present are welcome to add their own to this post.
And if you have read this far and happen to go to the end of the photos, you will see the 3 athletes from Cagayan de Oro City that traveled 6 hours by bus to Butuan and were hosted at my rest house and fish ponds near the sports complex for the weekend and were allowed to try to catch one of the big African Hito in the main pond.
Lianne Diana Pama won with the biggest fish of over 1 kg.
Samantha Pactain Victor and David RD Talipan had fun too

Our Last Virtual Meet was SprinTopia

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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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