Meet Report by Dennis Scott Tournament Director (some editing by Enzo Williams)
THE PINOYATHLETICS BATTLE AT BUTUAN track meet was held this past Saturday, April 24, at the Butuan Polysports Complex track oval, Butuan City, and attended by athletes from across northern Mindanao, and one from Aklan Province, Western Visayas.
It is believed the event is only the 2nd track meet to be held in Mindanao since covid restrictions began over a year ago, and the 1st to include podium medals awarding, prizes, etc. The first being Pinoyathletics SprinTopia
Former UAAP Junior MVP Jerome Sarinas a former National Bronze Medalist in Mens 400 Hurdles. Made full use of his strength in that event to win his heat in 11.20. With the 2nd Heat not videoed it was hand-timed at 11.0ht with CJ Evanoso winning heat 2. The final proved to be a two dual between two hometown favorites with Sarinas narrowly holding off the smaller but fast-finishing Evanoso 11.17 to 11.22.
Not so close was the womens 100m with 2019 Palarong Pambansa Silver medalist 18-year-old Lianne Diana Pama of Misamis Oriental after clocking 12.60 in her heat, running 12.50 in the final. Pama who holds a PB from 2019 of 12.22 secs (12.10 wind-aided) won by 1.12 seconds at SprinTopia in 12.36 and then 1.53 seconds from second place at Butuan. Next on the Mindanao circuit is Pagadian.
In the 3000m, Benjie Duhac (Bayugan City) had a narrow win over Rico Patanao of Dawn and Dusk 9:48 to 9:49. While Maria Lyka Sarmiento of Aklan won the women’s 3000m.
The competition was organized by PinoyAthletics Enzo Williams, with Masiv Sports and others donating medals, sports attire, and more.
Dennis Scott performed as Meet Director, with Meach Chua (Assistant Director) and
Michael Vernon Mordeno (our starter) from Team Buena Vista, Joshua Rimando (Timer),
Sheila Maza (Finish Line Assistant), and numerous others. Also, bless the volunteers with the water containers and cups.
The competition started with Men’s and Women’s 100m heats. Two heats were held for each group with the top 3 in each heat advancing to the finals. Next were the 22 3000m runners (16 men and 6 women) seeded by best times with the fastest in Group A (12), and the remainder in Group B (10). The competition ended with the finals for the Men’s and Women’s 100m.
Then the awarding began with Gold, Silver, and Bronze medals being awarded the top 3 in each event.
Special recognition goes to Honeycel Jane Opiso (Gemini June), Joery Arsolon , Jerry May Delavictoria, and Rey Mark Rante, the volunteers who assisted in preparing the track for the competition.
This included use of a measuring wheel to measure the track in Lane 2 to establish a new 3000m start line; to clean the inside of lane 2 and outer lane 1 in the curves of grass and weeds; chopping down small trees blocking full view of the track in some areas; remarking the 100m lanes so that runners wouldn’t be encroaching on each other’s lanes, and remarking the inside of lane 2 in the curves so that 3000m runners wouldn’t be stepping in lane 1 and risking disqualification.
Huge thanks to these people and a few who helped and left before I could get their names.
During the competition, heat and final event videos were being uploaded to PinoyAthletics for review by their computer software to analyze for individual times versus the hand timing being done trackside,
I attach some photos of the winners, volunteers, and supporters, but these are by no means complete. Please tag yourselves and those present are welcome to add their own to this post.
And if you have read this far, and happen to go to the end of the photos, you will see the 3 athletes from Cagayan de Oro City that traveled 6 hours by bus to Butuan and were hosted at my rest house and fish ponds near the sports complex for the weekend and were given the opportunity to try to catch one of the big African Hito in the main pond.
Lianne Diana Pama won with the biggest fish of over 1 kg.
Samantha Pactain Victor and David RD Talipan had fun too