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Philippine Air Force Athletics Records

To be eligible for a record the athlete must either

a) be enlisted with the Phil Air Force

b) representing the Phil Air Force at the time the record was set

Philippine Air Force Athletics Records
Philippine Air Force Athletics Records

 

To claim a record please email [email protected] with performance, date of the event, name of competition, and DOB if you are a junior athlete.

Records as of July 2, 2018.

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4×100 Set Record

Airforce LTimestudio Asics
The Airforce men’s quartet of Edgardo Alejan, Isidro Del Prado Jr., Brandon Thomas, and Eric Cray broke the 11-year-old National Record with a run of 40.54 last night at the Philippine National Open in Athletics.

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The previous mark was held from the 2005 Manila SEA Games and belonged to Albert Salcedo, Ralph Soguilon, Henry Dagmil and Alex Gabito with a mark of 40.55.

The team who had not practiced together as a group had enough raw speed to take.01 seconds off the National Mark.

The team also set a new Philippine Airforce record.

The group’s next objective should be to run below 40 seconds. As the SEA Games bronze was 39.32, with the gold being 38.99.

There is still a year and a half to the next SEA Games.

A previous quartet composed of Isidro Del Prado, Jose Unso, Anfernee Lopena, and Clinton Bautista had timed 40.75 at the National Games the previous month.

*NB Since this time the National Record in 4×100 was broken 3 times 40.29 at Ilagan, 39.96 in Hong Kong and then 39.11 at SEA Games.

At Ilagan when the 40.29 ran the previous national record was this 40.54. Not 40.55 as reported in the News Video.

 

Philippine Airforce Alliance

But perhaps the most shocking twist is the breakup of the Philippine  Airforce Alliance c/o rules put in place by PATAFA in 2016. We are happy a lot of our members have gone onto be successful athletes most recently youth athletes winning NCAA titles. But disheartened at the fact we can no longer field a youth team. As PATAFA decided in 2016 that Air-force is not allowed to have civilian athletes. As they stated Air-force was not enlisting athletes. However, consideration for youth athletes who are too young to enlist was never considered here, as well as Filams who are not based in the Philippines who would not have wanted to enlist.  PATAFA then consequently proceeded to load there designated host ‘Team Ilagan’ with non-national athletes. 

Philippine Air-force in 2014 assisted the Fil-Heritage athletes, In 2015 they included civilian athletes providing transportation to the venue and food. In 2015 Weekly relays loaded a team of around 100 unattached athletes into a team in the Weekly Relays athletes that did not have teams. Overall the Air-force Alliance was there to help provide teams for those who had none and to encourage more athletes to participate in sports and events organized by PATAFA such as the Weekly Relays, National Open, PNG. It baffles me as to why the NSA would be trying to encourage less participation by dictating who a team can and cannot include as per its guidelines.

It seems odd that Air-force is restricted to only including those enlisted in Air-force, whereas schools and other teams are allowed to include students not enlisted at that school.

Air-force = not allowed civilian athletes, Ilagan Team is allowed, non-national athletes.

Philippine Airforce Records

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Philippine Air Force Alliance calling athletes for the National Open

Feb 27, 2016

Philippine Airforce Alliance

Phil Air Force Alliance is preparing our team for the National Open April 7-9 in Manila.

Anyone interested in joining our team please email [email protected]

  • your name
  • date of birth
  • event choice.

The Top 2 athletes in each event from those already in our lists. And the applicants will be selected in each event based on best performances in the period Jan 1, 2015, onward.

The deadline for new applicants will be by March 5. We will announce our final team list on March 6.

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Philippine Air Force Alliance

The Philippine Air Force Alliance is the unity of several Athletics Team into one greater Force. These teams include Philippine Airforce, Fil-Heritage Athletes, Meralco, Pagibig, Provincials, and Manila Youth.

Our marquee members include and have included SEA Games Champions such as Eric Cray (100m, 400 Hurdles), Caleb Stuart (Hammer), Christopher Ulboc (Steeples), and Kayla Richardson (100m).

Our other high profile athletes include 2013 SEA Games Gold Medalists Jesson Cid (Decathlon), Isidro Del Prado Jr. (4x400m), and former SEA Games champions Arniel Ferrera and Eduardo Buenavista. SEA Games medalists Donovont Ariola, Jessica Lyn Barnard, Katherine Khay Santos, and Ryan Bigyan.

The Head Coach of the team is Sgt. Bernard Buen and he is assisted by Joel Deriada.

Coaches include head national coach Sean Guevarra (jumping), and he is assisted by former national coaches Nixon Mas (Throws), Ernie Candelario (Sprints/Middle), and Roy Vence (distance).

Other coaches who have athletes in the team are also considered as associate coaches which a longer list is currently being prepared.

The team won the overall title at the 2014 Philippine National Games, the Men’s title, and overall title at the 2015 Philippine National Open and were runners up in the women’s division.

The real success story of the team was operating on 0 funding and up against College teams at the 2015 PSC-PATAFA Weekly Relays.

This meant our team was composed of athletes who had no team, athletes from high schools with no established athletics team, air force enlisted athletes, visiting fil-heritage athletes and retired/part-time athletes already in the workforce.

The team did well to finish runners up in the Men’s behind FEU, and third in the Women’s behind FEU and UST.

This gave the Airforce Alliance third place overall. Beating out several better-funded UAAP and NCAA Schools.

 

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Civilian Athletes

A lot of Enlisted athletes didn’t show so it was the civilian athletes that really carried the team at the Weekly Relays. And the positive things promoted which we can be proud of were

  1. A means of moral support for former Collegiate Stars who were balancing work and part-time training.
  2. The participation for the first time of around 15-20 athletes in our youth boys and girls division. Older athletes help guide and mentor the younger ones.
  3. Several excellent PB’s from athletes at all different levels of the sport.

For Inquiries and possible sponsorship linkages for the Athletic Club please email

Andrew Pirie, Team Manager

[email protected]

 

By Andrew Pirie

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. Current editor and chief of Pinoyathletics.info, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program. Coaches Sprints, Middle and Jump events he is working towards his Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles. He can be contacted on [email protected] You can find more information on Coaching here https://www.pinoyathletics.info/coaching-2/

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