After seeing my website has had a bit of weekend slump in visits. I always have an ace up my sleeve.
And this time I have a treat of a writeup 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 Junior Male athlete of the year.
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 was set at the UAAP).
Alhryan Labita World Junior Chances
As Labita is born in 2001 he is young enough for consideration for 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 be able to 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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