Originally Published August 15, 2017
Added to the Philippines Legends of Track and Field
- Took the Filipino Record in the 3000m Steeple Chase from 11:10 to 10:22.49 between 2013 and 2016. Which she still holds today.
- Set the Philippine Record in the 800m at 2:06.75 in 2016.
- Won two Bronze medals at the 2013 and 2015 SEA Games in the Women’s Steeple Chase
- Also Still Holds the Philippines Indoor Records in The Mile and 3000m
Double SEA Games Medalist Jessica Lyn Barnard calls it a day
Aug 15, 2017
Jessica Lyn Barnard has formally retired from the Sport of Athletics. The 27-year old’s Confirmation via email and through a Facebook announcement on June 9. Pinoyathletics.info thanks Jess for her ongoing years of sacrifice to represent the country and wishes her all the best luck in her future.
What a privilege. A journey. What incredible moments + relationships this sport has given me. I’ve recently made the decision to retire from track and field. While it took some time to come to that decision, I walk away from it feeling lighter… and happy. I look forward to finding the joy in running all over again. And joy in new things.
Oiselle + Team LittleWing – I’ll never have the words. Thank you for believing in me always.
Jess posted on Facebook.
Barnard had been sidelined the whole of 2017 with Achilles issues. This had been a hard decision for Jess who was looking like a top contender to finally take the SEA Games title in the Women’s 3000m Steeple Chase in Kuala Lumpur, Jess has decided to focus full time on her job at Oiselle.
Everybody’s Little Sister recruited
Back in 2013 when I was working for the Philippines Sports Commission. We had reserved 3 expansion slots in the SEA Games line up for Fil-Foreign athletes. 1 Spot obviously and easily went to Eric Cray another athlete I had assisted.
Pole Vaulter Caleb Monticalvo was unable to get his Filipino Passport no matter what means we exhausted.
Tyler Ruiz was invited to the Philippines and with the assistance of the PSC was able to secure a Filipino Passport however it was a lengthy process and took a few months.
Tyler and the other athlete training with American strength and conditioning coach and PSC Consultant Coach Ryan Flaherty was sprinter Bryan Jay Mercado.
However, due to Passport issues and school commitments. Mercado was also not able to join leaving one spot clear. I was instructed by PSC Management to quickly find a suitable replacement for Mercado.
And that is how ‘Everybody’s Little Sister’ Jessica Barnard was brought in. A mutual friend Jeffrey Paneda who was a previous Fil-Heritage Middle Distance runner endorsed Jessica Lyn Barnard to me. In 2012 Barnard had run 10 min 22. Well under the then National record of 11.10 of Jessa Mangsat of Baguio.
With that in mind, I contacted Ms. Barnard and we started the process of preparing a passport and getting her papers ready for SEA Games. Fortunately, Jessica was easy to get a passport as she was born in the Philippines. This was the first time for her to compete overseas, but she quickly made friends with some of the female athletes in the team.
SEA Games 2013
In Myanmar SEA Games Jess ran 11:04 a new national record and took bronze in the steeples
the first-ever medal in this event for the Philippines.
Running a disappointing 11m21 Jess was injured for nearly all of 2014, but attending the National Open in Laguna in 2015 . At that point, I had opted not to endorse her selection for SEA Games, as Believing she could challenge herself and run faster and also show I wasn’t giving an athlete I was assisting with the PSC preferential treatment.
Jess responded to his challenge with two new nationals records first 10.49 and then 10.41. I then issued a successful appeal letter to PATAFA President Philip Juico who very reasonably reinstated Jess.
At the 2015 SEA Games Jess, with a burst of speed over 600m finished again with a well-fought bronze and a new national record of 10:36 in Singapore.
In 2016 Jess added the Philippine 800m Record with a 2.06 run breaking the 31-year-old record of Marietta T. Magno which had stood since 1985. She also took the Indoor record in 800 1500m, and again broke her steeple record and lifetime PB from 2012 with a time of 10.20. The 1500 outdoor record she was not able to get and remains at 4m24.
Things were looking good for 2017 with a new training arrangement in Oregon but unfortunately, ankle issues sidelined plans.
Letter for Jessica Barnard
20th April 2015
Philip Ella Juico
Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association
Dear Dr. Juico,
I am writing in regard to the consideration of the following athletes in the SEA Games lineup.
- Kyla Richardson
- Jessica Lyn Barnard
Firstly I would like to state that 34 slots have ended up as not being enough slots for Athletics. It was very generous of the task force to increase our participation from 24 to 34 slots from the 2013 SEA Games. Athletics is a high medal sport in which the POC/PSC will be relying on heavily its total medal count. This makes sense because there are 46 events in total in men’s and women’s in which gold, silver, and bronze medals are up for grabs. We both know that Athletics is going to deliver somewhere from 8-12 Gold Medals in total in 2015.
As I know you and I are going to be around for a while we should also look at our campaign for 2017. Athletes who are given the opportunity to salvage silver and bronze medals in 2015 will be potential gold mines for the future of Philippine Track and Field
Looking at the outline of this team you have 25 athletes who have hit the bronze mark of 2013 who are lined up for SEA Games. And nine athletes who were close and haven’t quite hit the bronze mark of 2013.
There are however two athletes who have hit the SEA Games standard this weekend who I am hoping for your kind consideration and aide on this matter if possible with data at your disposal in the best way to defend these athletes’ late inclusion for the 2015 SEA Games.
I want to outline and reiterate that we have a very strong chance in the women’s 4x100m relay as four of our runners are now running under 12 seconds. It’s actually been a very successful year for women’s sprints. With a 5th runner below 12 seconds but unavailable for SEA Games.
- Princess Joy Griffey has run 11.62 in the qualifying period and 11.71 in 2015
- Kayla Richardson has run 11.78 in the qualifying period and 12.03 in 2015
- Kyla Richardson has run 11.83 in 2015
- Jenny Rosales has run 11.90 in the qualifying period (but is unavailable for the SEA Games)
- Katherine Khay Santos has run 11.97 in 2015
While Griffey, Kayla, and Santos are lined up for individual events the 100, 200, and Long Jump for Kath. Kyla is not seeded in an individual event. However her weekend performance of 11.83, I had anticipated she would run 11.80 before the SEA Games which is why I had endorsed her inclusion is a new personal best from her previous mark of 11.93 showing considerable improvement.
The 11.83 is under the SEA Games Silver medal mark of 11.85 in 2013, but however as there are two athletes ahead of her she can’t run the individual as two per event hence has definitely aren’t a relay spot.
As of now, Princess Joy Griffey was in Los Angeles training with the Richardson’s and with one other runner (who is not going to the SEA Games, Kath will go instead) will run a 4×100 to tune-up for the SEA Games in Los Angeles. They are also prepared to come here before the SEA Games to acclimatize and practice passing changes. As Mr. Jeffrey Richardson will be accompanying his daughters to SEA Games and ¾ of the relay team is training with him he would be looking after the team.
Regarding further data our SEA Rivals which I was studying thoroughly can be provided to you.
Jessica Lyn Barnard
Despite not having a good performance at the national open. Jess Barnard had a significant improvement last weekend clocking 10:41.93. A new national record and just outside her 2012 PB of 10:22. Jessica under pressure performed much better than she has at the National Open and the last SEA Games were she can win the bronze.
I can now safely say with that recent performance she is within range of a medal chance at the SEA Games. Jessica is ranked 4th in SEA during the qualifying period. However, a recent improvement in such a short period of time shows she can perform well when she needs to. She is now closing in on her all-time personal best.
Barnard just misses out on 5000m Standard (March 2015)
Jessica Lynn Barnard just missed out on the SEA Games Bronze standard of 17:37.57 with an opening run of 17:47.48 at the Oxy, Invitational meet. Barnard will participate at the Philippine National Open in Laguna March 19-22 in the 3000m Steeples. Barnard is the SEA Games bronze medallist and the only Filipina to win a medal at SEA Games in the 3000m Steeple Chase.
Her best performance is 10:22.90 but her national record is 11:04.84 as she acquired her passport before the 2013 SEA Games. Barnard has not run the Steeple Chase since December 2013 and this performance will serve as part of the evaluation for SEA Games.
Barnard edges in on 800m Best time (January 2014)
Also SEA Games Steeple Chase Bronze medallist and National Record Holder Jessica Barnard.
Barnard clocked 2:10.34 to win the 800m at the Ben Brown Invitational. It was just outside her best from 2012 of 2:10.13. Barnard is the only Filipina in the history of the SEA Games to win a medal in the steeplechase.
Barnard who didn’t compete at the PNG. Assisting by Pirie Enzo who kept in contact with regards to her passport and processing issues via her friend Jeff Paneda recommendation.
Barnard who wants to focus more on the 800 and 1500 must bring her time down to 2:08 to hit the SEA Games bronze standard. The Philippine Record is 2:07.01. Another Fil-Heritage 800m Sarah Vitug won the 2013 Philippine National Games but she is still yet to acquire a Filipino passport.
Fil-Heritage SEA Games Athletes compete in the states
Fil-Heritage athlete Jessica Barnard the SEA Games Bronze Medalist and Philippine Record Holder in the Steeplechase. Ventured outside her primary event this weekend to run the 800-meter dash. The 23-year-old timed 2:13.44 which is a good performance on a tight 200m indoor track to finish 5th in race 4 at the Huskie Invite in Washington. Barnard has an outdoor PB of 2:10.13.
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