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Mia Guillergan Age Grade Record in 3000m
October 29, 2022
By Andrew Pirie ATFS Vice President.
Mia Guillergan the 2020 Junior Filipino Athlete of the year. Set a new Filipino National Age Grade Record of 10:28.91 for 13-year-olds. Guillergan finished 6th in the Women’s C Race at the NSW Athletics Championships at ES Marks in the Suburb of Kensington in Sydney, Australia. Guillergan’s PB and time as an 11-year-old is quicker at 10:15.18. This adds to Guillergan’s 1500m Age Grade Record on October 1. And puts her as the front runner for the prestigious PinoyAthletics Junior Female Athlete of the year award.
The Filipino Junior Record is held by Meagey Ninura at 10:03.1 set at the 2016 Palarong Pambansa. Ninura who went to the University of the Philippines, never improved any of her events high school performances in UP’s athletic program and still currently holds the Palaro 1500 and 3000 Secondary Girls records until this day.
Mia Guillergan Age Grade Record in 1500m, leaves questions about UAAP Middle Distance
October 1, 2022
By Andrew Pirie, ATFS Vice President
Who could forget Mia Guillergan the pint-sized 11-year-old that ran a world age grade record for 11 years old two years ago in 5000m of 17:41. Which at the time was faster than any Filipino senior athlete. Such was the feat it led to Mia becoming the youngest athlete to ever win the coveted PinoyAthletics Filipino Junior Athlete of the year award.
Well, Mia was at it again at the NSW State All Schools in Sydney (September 24-27, 2022). She took third place in the 800m with a PB of 2:21.88 (ranked 4th in the Philippine Rankings), and also third in the 1500m in a new PB of 4:48.00 which ranks her only behind Fil-am athlete Daniela Quintero the 2019 PinoyAthletics Junior Female Athlete of the Year. This event was Mia’s opening competition for the start of the Australian athletic season.
Mia’s mark of 4:48.00 eclipses the fastest-ever time for a 13-year-old Filipina previously held by Jieann Calis at 4:48.9 during the 2012 Palarong Pambansa at Lingayen, Pangasinan. Calis is still the Palarong Pambansa secondary girls’ record holder in the 800m.
What’s Going on with Filipino Female Middle Distance Running?
I would like to note that Mia was born in Iloilo and has 2 Filipino parents her grandfather Robert Guillergan went to the 1962 Asian Games in the 4×400 and 400 (as mentioned in the previous article). While Mia looms as a bright prospect to represent the Philippines at international age grade meets.
I would like to take a moment to discuss three Palarong Pambansa Record Holders in Middle Distance who went to the three different UAAP Schools, 2 who did not improve at all on their best high school performances, and 1 who had a very minor improvement in one event. The three girls are about to graduate after 4-5 years at the UAAP. The non improvement takes into account that 2 of these 4-5 years were covid. But what about the other 2-3 years?
Palaro Record Holder Meagey Ninura went to the University of the Philippines she ran 4:39 to set the Palarong Pambansa secondary Girls’ 1500m record in 2016 at Legazpi CITY. During her time at the University of the Philippines, she only managed 4:55. Some 16 seconds away from her best High school performance.
Palaro Elementary Girls 800m Record Holder Anjelica De Josef, who also had run 2:13.9 at the 2015 Palarong Pambansa in Tagum. They are eroded to 2:21.82 on the FEU Womens Track team by 2019.
While Palaro Secondary Girls 800m Record Holder Jieann Calis at the University of Santo Tomas clocked 2:12.27 at the 2015 Palarong Pambansa in Tagum. In her first year at UST, she clocked 2:13.4 in 2017, then 2:16.02 in 2018, 2:18.48 in 2019, and then didn’t run another 800 during a pandemic. She did have a minor improvement in the 1500m from 4;42 to 4:41.19 in 2018 but hasn’t run the event since then. But we are talking about a 1-second improvement over several years for 1500m.
Relying on Filams
This can be co-related to the reason the Philippines now has to rely on Filams with the UAAP being the disconnect in Women’s Middle Distance running and also our poor performance in Women’s Middle Distance at the SEA Games level. The last time we had a medal in Women’s 800 or 1500 was over a decade ago. In the previous 2 SEA Games bronze in the 800 (2022 2:09.61, 2:10.24) and 1500 for womens (2022 4:23.61, 4:33.41). Times that the above girls could have progressed to within a 5 year period.
Guillergan and Daniela Quintero are not genetically blessed unlike say a mixed West African-descended athlete with high white blood cells. They are products of good coaching and athletic systems that have high-level quality competitions that nurture their development.
Mia acquired a Filipino Passport earlier in the year (2022). Due to this her Mark of 17:41.03 was set on Sept 26 2020 a world age grade record for 11-year-olds; although it was passed the Filipino Junior Women’s 5000m Record of 18.14.70 set by Bernadita Mag-aso at the 2006 UAAP; it was not counted as she did not acquire a Filipino passport until 2022, 2 years later.
Mia is now fully eligible for this any other records junior and senior as of Jan 1, 2022. All her performances from Jan 1, 2022, are backdated for Philippines Rankings and consideration for international selection. Also, Mia’s performances surpassing Filipino age grade records are hence backdated to Jan 1, 2020, apart from official National Junior and National Senior records which are only allowed from Jan 1, 2022.
Mia Guillergan Erases Arsenia Sagaray 33-year-old Age Grade record
Oct 27, 2020
Mia Guillergan finished with a time of 10:15.18 in the 3000m on a cool summer evening on 21 November 2020.
Just outside her PB and 12 seconds away from the Philippine Junior Record of Meagey Ninura. Ninura holds the Phillippines Junior (19 and below) and Palaro (national high school) record with a time of 10:03 from 2016 in Legazpi City, Albay.
Her Performance erases the 33-year-old record for 11-year-old Filipino athletes in 3000m set by Arsenia Sagaray at 10:38.2.
The Performance ranks Mia 7th on the Phi Junior All-Time list.
Mia, who is only 11 years old, finished 16th of 24 competitors in the women’s B Race of the NSW 3000m Championships at Sydney Olympic Park.
She and another talented 11 year old from her training group Philippa Quarrell clocked 10m16.21.
Mia holds the world age grade 5000m record for 11-year-old girls with a time of 17:41.03. The world record for her age in 3000m is 9:48. Mia doesn’t turn 12 until September 26, 2021, so she has a lot of time to break that record.
Mia is looking at securing a Philippines passport.
But no hurry for that as for international meets, the minimum age is usually 15 or 16.
Event 45 Women 3000 Metre B Race ======================================================================= Name Age Team Finals Points ======================================================================= Finals 1 Hancock-Cameron, Jaylah 18 Bankstown Sp 9:43.66 2 Onley, Olissa 16 Coffs Harbou 9:52.91 3 Stump, Jean 15 Sydney Athle 9:53.31 4 Baker, Sarah 13 U.T.S. North 9:57.56 5 Cogle, Amy 38 Delta Runnin 9:57.73 6 Olson-Keating, Emma 16 Balmain Athl 10:00.00 7 Simon, Laura 31 Newcastle Flyers 10:01.54 8 Blundell, Erin 24 Sydney University 10:01.62 9 Madden, Ruby 16 RunCrew 10:03.02 10 Jarvis, Hannah 14 Newcastle Runners 10:05.39 11 Porra, Katie 20 Bankstown Sp 10:09.49 12 Brady, Tia 28 Newcastle Runners 10:09.79 13 Carey, Lauren 17 St. George D 10:09.92 14 Lambert, Aspen 13 Trinity Athl 10:10.08 15 Kalamvokis, Alexia 15 Illawong Rev 10:11.95 16 Guillergan, Mia 11 Sydney Athle 10:15.18 17 Quarrell, Philippa 11 Sydney Athle 10:16.21 18 Walker, Chloe 14 Balmain Athl 10:16.82 19 Hargraves, Shayne 17 Bankstown Sp 10:18.09 20 Winward, Lily 15 Bankstown Sp 10:20.65 21 Mahon, Emma 17 RunCrew 10:22.86 22 Hall, Audrey 25 Sydney University 10:39.46 23 Lonchampt, Paola 25 Bankstown Sp 10:41.55 24 Mauviel, Lucy 18 Sydney University 11:43.40
After talking to Mia Guillergan’s stepdad, Michael. Mia Guillergan, at 11, do Triathlon, Football, and Athletics. She went from 20 minutes at age 10 for 5k to 17m41.03 at age 11.
Mia has dual Filipino citizenship but hasn’t yet applied for a Filipino Passport. Mia Guillergan has run 10m10 for 3000m; the world record is 9m47 for 11-year-olds.
Meagey Ninura holds the Filipino Junior record of 10m03 from the 2016 Palarong Pambansa.
Mia Guillergen Junior Filipino Athlete of the Year 2020
Mia Guillergen was named the youngest ever Pinoyathletics Junior athlete of the year in the 8-year history of Pinoyathletics.info.
Guillergen, who lives in Australia, is with the Sydney Sports Academy and coached by Jack McPhee.
Announced two weeks ago on 13.10.2020 via Pinoyathletics Tuesday’s Track Talk (Slideshare of the show provided below).
Her efforts in breaking the World Age Grade Record for 11 years old, she was granted the prestigious award.
Guillergen continued her fine form on Saturday 10th of October with a win in the Under 12 Girls in the NSW Cross Country Championships at Dapto, timing 11 minutes 11 seconds, which saw her qualify for the Australian National Age Grade Championships.
The Men’s Category went to Ernest Obiena (based in Italy), and the Women’s Category went to Kristina Knott (based in Florida, United States).
Both South East Asian Record Holders and both SEA Games Champions.
COVID, and broke no Filipino Junior Records this year.
And the awards went to overseas-based athletes.
No Junior Male athlete had a performance exceptional enough in 2020, so for the first time in 8 years.
In 2020 Junior Male was not awarded.
Her 5k of 17:41 is actually under the Philippine Junior Record of 18:14.78 set by Bernadita Magaso.
11-Year-Old Filipina-Australian Mia Guillergan Breaks World Age Grade Record for 5000m
29th September 2020
11-year-old Mia Guillergan has broken the world age grade record for 5k.
The tiny girl was running against Adults twice her size. And clocked an impressive 17:41.03 on September 26, on a track oval in Sydney.
She was born on 30th June 2009. The mark has already been recognized as a world-age grade record.
Previously the record of 17:59 in 1977 belonged to American Kathy Kieman.
Mia’s mother, Anabel Clavel, hails from Oton, Iloilo, the same town as national head coach Sean Guevarra. And the Performance just so happened on her mother’s birthday, September 26.
Mia’s paternal grandfather Col. Robert Guillergan represented the Philippines in the 4x400m Dash, finishing 4th at the 1962 Asian Games. Guillergan was 6th in the 400m Final.
(Iloilo News article stating that Guillergan was a medallist at the 1962 Asian Games is Incorrect).
While she is a 5th Grader at Queenswood School for Girls.
11-year-old Sydney runner smashes world record with impressive time
EXCLUSIVE: An 11-year-old Sydney runner has smashed the 5km world record for her age by an impressive 18 seconds. Mia Guillergan's life-changing race was run against adults twice her size and it all happened on her mum's birthday. www.7NEWS.com.au#7NEWS
Posted by 7NEWS Sydney on Monday, September 28, 2020
Mia Dream is to one day go to the Olympic Games.
While it is faster than the SEA Games Bronze mark of the top Filipina 5000m Runner Joida Gagnao from Far Eastern University of 17:52.16.
And of course, it is the fastest time in the 5000m for Filipino athletes, with the 15-year-old age grade record being 17:20.
Also, lots of happy relatives posted their good wishes and congratulations on Akyson Radyo.
Analina Pamiroyan: congrats mia….good job you bring happiness to all ilonggos in times of pandemic..we’re proud and happy to know that you break the record of track n field champion….continue to aim high..God is with us….GOD BLESS…
Ang galing mo, patnubayan ka Ng May Likha,para marating mo Ang iyong mga pangarap,walang impossible sa Panginoon, Sana nga marating mo Ang Olympic at maririnig din natin Ang National Anthem, Mabuhay ka
Mary Ann Montealto: Congratulations Nene Mia ??? we are so proud of you, keepsafe God bless you always
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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. And Currently is Consultant Coach with VMUF 2021-
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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