Luis Juico Nearly 30 years as Junior High Jump Record Holder
First Published by Pinoyathletics on 14 April 2017
Also known as ‘The Juice’ still holds the Philippine Junior Record at 2.16m for nearly 30 years.
Born June 16, 1969. And part of the very prominent Juico family.
On March 30.03.1985 at Stanford Invite, aged 15, he cleared 6.88m in the Long Jump and won the High Jump in 1.85m. On the second day, he returned to compete against the older boys and leaped 1.93m to finish fifth.
Luis debuted in the 1985 SEA Games at the age of 16.
Held in Bangkok in December of that year. Hence he came very close to becoming the youngest High Jump champion in SEA Games history when he leaped 2.07m to capture the Silver medal behind Nairu Lal Ramjit of Malaysia, only losing by countback with an equal mark of 2.07m.
Consequently, 2.07m tied the Men’s National Record of Arniel Inocando, set in Brunei in 1983.
National Record Holder
Most noteworthy is that his career’s major feat came in 1987 when Juico broke the mark he shared with Inocando. And set a new Philippine record with a leap of 2.16m; this still stands as the national Junior Mark.
This was a new senior and junior record. It stood for 18 years and was not broken until Sean Guevarra leaped 2.17m in the 2005 National Open. By then, standing 6’1 on June 5 at the CCS School Championships in California. 2.16m is still #3 all-time for CCS.
In the 1987 SEA Games in Jakarta, he was focusing on Decathlon as per the instructions of his US Coaches, finished fifth of five competitors in the long jump in 6.66m. His best was 7.01m in 1987.
Luis Juico also ran 14.4 for 110 Hurdles.
Luis Juico’s younger brother Nick Juico leaped 1.93m in the High Jump at Piedmont.
On another note, Piedmont Hills High school also had some other famous names come out, including former world champion in 200m and 2000 Olympic Silver Medalist Ato Boldon of Trinidad and Tobago, who still has the school 100m & 200 records of 10.54 & 21.17 as a 16-year-old.
Luis Juico did not join the 1989 SEA Games after having won 2 consecutive silvers and never again represented the Philippines as a senior.
Juico was a very promising senior, but he never did emulate his magnificent feats at the senior level in college; he could not match his high school performances, leaping 2.13m in 1990.
*NB Some figures were converted from feet to meters as the US uses Feet to measure.
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