National Junior 400m Record Holder Alhryan Labita of Leyte showed he was serious in getting one of the spots for the 4×400 when he came out and ran the fastest times in the SprinTopia meet with 11.22 in the 100m and 22.63 in the 200m.
The mark surpassed the leading times of SEA Games Bronze Medalist in Decathlon Janry Ubas and the upcoming John Araneta of Bukidnon, who tied in a dead heat Cagayan De Oro last Saturday with 11.24.
Although still off his 100 meter PB of 10.99/10.82w in the 100m, Labita was just .11 outside his 200 meter PB of 22.53 set in the 2018 Weekly Relay Finals.
Not to be outdone was Captain Labita and his skipper Van Alexander Obejas. Obejas an outstanding athlete in his own right, the 2019 Palarong Pambansa 110 Hurdles Champion.
He timed in with two personal bests at 11.40 and 22.80 in the 100 and 200. The 22.80 ranks Obejas 2nd overall in the SprinTopia virtual event of Pinoyathletics, with the entries closing on the 21st of March 2021 with 143 entries in 6 events.
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Alhryan Labita -2019 JR Athlete Year
After seeing my website has had a bit of a weekend slump in visits. I always have an ace up my sleeve.
And this time, I have a treat of a write-up for the athletic community to salivate over once again.
It’s now time to announce another exciting prospect. Newcomer Alhryan Labita is the ‘Pinoyathletics Junior Male of the Year for 2019’.
As Labita is the only Junior Male to set a Philippine Record this year, he is awarded the year’s Junior Male athlete.
Labita hails from Tacloban, coming from coach Jesse Delbo.
He follows in the footsteps of National 400 Hurdler Francis Medina, who comes from the same province. He transferred to Coach Noli Mejos at San Beda and represented STCAA 2 years ago.
He then took the Junior 400m Record with a run of 48.75 on Sept 1 at New Clark during the Weekly Relays. Erasing the 17-year-old Record of Ralph Waldy Soguilon (48.81, which and set at the UAAP).
Alhryan Labita World Junior Chances
As Labita was born in 2001, he is young enough to consider the 2020 World Junior Championships.
The 2020 World Juniors will be held in Nairobi, Kenya, from July 7-12, 2020. The cut-off date for Qualification is June 22, 2020. This means he has exactly 6 months to qualify.
The Qualification for the World Junior Championships in Men’s is 47.35. This is possible, but a bit of an ask in 6 months.
More likely is the 400 Hurdles with a qualification of 53.10 (91cm).
He has done 53.52 (84cm) at the ASEAN School Games in Indonesia and 54.65 at Capas. With 48.75 400m times, he should break 53 seconds if he can perfect his hurdling technique.
The Philippines really should aim for qualification marks and not rely on wild cards anymore for these events.
*We will do a separate article on World Junior Prospects later on
2019 Pinoyathletics Junior Male Athlete of the Year in Athletics
Winner -Alhryan Labita (Sprints/Hurdles)
2. Hokett Delos Santos (Pole Vault)
3. Vince Buhayan (Sprints)
Honorable Mention: Algin Gomez, Alfrence Braza, John Lera, Leonard Grospe
Junior Men’s Athlete of the Year
- 2012 Daniel Noval
- 2013 Ernest John Obiena
- 2014 Ernest John Obiena
- 2015 Francis Medina
- 2016 Feberoy Kasi
- 2017 Jerry Belibestre
- 2018 Edwin Giron Jr.
- 2019 Alhryan Labita
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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.
Current editor and chief of Pinoyathletics.info, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program.
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