Daniela Quintero 2019 JR Athlete of Year

Last Updated on April 22, 2021 by pirie

Pinoyathletics 2019 Junior Female Athlete Daniela Quintero the #1 800 Runner

Pinoyathletics has named Athlete Daniela Quintero as the Junior Female Athlete in Athletics of the Year 2019.

After Ernest Obiena as back to back men’s winner and Alhyran Labita as Junior Men’s winner.

The US Based Quintero is 15 years old and the #1 ranked Filipina 800m runner with a PB of 2:11.94. 

Danila Quintero has a better Personal best than all the current women’s 800m and 1500m runners, including those in the national team/training pool.

Daniela Quintero has improved from 2.18.93 to 2.11.94 in the space of a year from 14 to 15.

Pinoyathletics will watch with interest Daniela’s progression in 2020 as she will start racing in a few months after a 7-second improvement last year. Some of the relative targets seem possible.



  • #1 Philippines 800 Women’s 2019 (2:11.94)
  • #1 Philippines 1500 Women’s 2019 (4:38.79)
  • SEA Bronze Qualifier for 2019 (2:11.94, 2017 Bronze is 2:12.31)
  • Top 10 SEA 2019 in 800 and 1500
  • 7th Phi All Time Lists Women’s 800m and 1500m
  • 3rd Phi Junior All-Time Lists Women’s 800
  • 4th Phi Junior All-Time Lists Women’s 1500
  • Phi Age Grade Record ’15 in 800 and 1500

Some Relative Targets

  • Phi Junior Record 800m  (2:09.9) Serenata Saluan set in 2010
  • Phi Junior Record 1500m (4:35.70) Marietta T. Magno set in 1985. 35 years ago!!!! Before, a lot of our younger readers were born.
  • World Junior Qualification 800m (2:08.70), 1500m (4:28.00)
  • 2021 SEA Games Bronze mark of 2019 is (2:09.61)

Tough Call

The Junior Women’s was a tough call to decide on for runners up due to a lot of outstanding performances but was narrowed down to

1. Daniela Quintero

2. Decerie Niala (Sprints)

3. Natalia Quintero (Middle Distance)

Niala set a new Palaro Record in the 200m breaking the record of controversial Nancy Navalta and passing the 100m palaro record but with wind assistance.

Natalia Quintero also ranked very highly like her sister in the same 800 and 1500 events finishing #2 and #3 in the Phi Senior ranking lists.

Lheslie De Lima (Long Distance), Bernalyn Bejoy (Hurdles), Trexie Dela Torre (Long Jump), Alexie Caimoso (Long Jump), Jasmin Bombita (Triple Jump), Ann Katherine Quitoy (Javelin)

Junior Women’s Athlete of the Year

Below is a previous article on Daniela Quintero


Daniela Quintero
Daniela Quintero of Harvard Westlake finished third in the Division 3 1600 meter relay during the CIFSS Track and Field Divisional Finals at El Camino College on Saturday, May 11, 2019, Torrance, California. (Photo by Keith Birmingham, Pasadena Star-News/SCNG)

Daniela Quintero hits SEA Games Bronze Mark in 800

July 8, 2019

Daniela Quintero surpassed the 2017 SEA Games Bronze Mark in the Women’s 800m. The bronze of the 2017 SEA Games was 2:12.31.

Quintero, a grade 9 student at Harvard West, finished 4th at the CIF-SS Masters Track and Field Meet at El Camino, California, USA. On May 18, 2019. Clocking 2:11.94.

What is equally more impressive is Daniela is born May 3, 2004, making her just 15 years of age. Her 800m time of 2:11.94 mark is an Age Grade Record for 15-year-old girls. The mark trumped the old record of Tara Borlain, which was impressive at the time of 2:15.34 at the SEA Youth in 2018.


7 Seconds in a Year OH MY!

Daniela has improved a lot; in fact, 7 seconds. From 2:18.93 best time last year to 2:16.69 on 23 March at Laguna Beach this year.

Not only is the time faster than All Filipino athletes this year by 4-5 seconds. It is also better than the personal best time of any local athlete still active.

It is the fastest time since 2016 when another FIl-Heritage athlete Jessica Lyn Barnard reset the Philippine Record with a 2:06.75 clocking. 

Quintero is the only Filipino athlete on the 2019 South East Asian Ranking Lists (Top 10) for the 800m in 2019 and the youngest in the top 10.

The Time Ranks Daniela 8th on the Phi All-Time List for 800m. 

The time ranks her #3 on the Phi Junior All-Time List; Serenata Saluan holds the JR Record set at the 2010 CHED Games.

1500M Also

Daniela also leads the Phi Rankings with 4:38.79 set on June 2 at the Pacific Coast Shockwave meet in Los Angeles. And very close to the 2017 SEA Games Bronze of 4:37.24. 

The Mark of 4:38.79 leads the Phi Rankings for 2019. So she leads both the 800 and 1500. This is the fastest since 2015 when Jess Barnard ran 4:29.27. 

Her mark is a new Age Grade Record for 15-year-olds, breaking the 4:44.4 mark set by Jieann Calis at the 2014 Palaro in Laguna.

It ranks her #5 in South East Asia again; the only Filipino athlete ranked in the Top 10.

It places her #7 All-Time in the Phi Ranking Lists and #4 on Phi Junior All-Time Lists. The Junior Record of Marietta T. Magno of 4:35.70 has stood 34 years.

Her Older sister Natalia, 16, has timed 2:13.75 also for 800m. Which also is rather impressive #5 all-time Phi JR List and Ranks her #8 in the SEA Ranking List. She is ranked #2 on Phi Rankings in 800.



And Yes, she does have a Filipino passport. I have been sent a copy and will be advising her mother to forward a copy to the PATAFA. As she and her sister Natalia, 16, are interested in joining the 2019 SEA Games in New Clark, Philippines. 

The Quintero sisters first contacted Mr. Airnel Abarra has they kindly donated a lot of shoes to the Davao Sports Program.

For a complete list of all Athletes from the Philippines that have passed the bronze mark.




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