PinoyAthletics Invitational

Last Updated on May 16, 2022 by Andrew Pirie

PinoyAthletics Invitational  Pangasinan – The Millionaire dqed in epic 200m.

It was an epic men’s 200m with ‘The Millionaire’ Jaymark Estrada (Dagupan) after having been crowned double 100-200 champion of the 1st Elyu Championships at La Union disqualified after. With the race not being recalled.

With the Top 2 VMUF/PinoyAthletics Elite sprinters having a rest week. Being National Silver and Bronze medalists Guhan De Luna Garcia (22.16) and Rocky Ramos (22.20).

The honors in the 200 went to Gio De Vera (VMUF/PinoyAthletics Elite) who clocked a PB of 22.87 battling a very strong headwind in the outside lane. The 6’0 Gio uses his long legs to reel in his younger teammate Renier Ranges while fighting the pain of the headwind.

Ranges who is the top-ranked high schooler in the country right now in the 200m clocked in 22.93 (near his 22.90 PB) and Angelo Munoz 23.96 hit a PB (outside the Palaro Qualifying of 23.50).

Windy Warrior

While in the 800m Edu Garibay (VMUF/PinoyAthletics Elite) clocked a 2:03.20 PB, running by himself thus improving on his PB of 2:04.99 which is already under the Palaro qualifying mark of 2:09.

Cymon De Jesus (Caloocan Supremo) who took the Gold at the Elyu Open Championships in La Union last weekend again made the trip up North from Manila and clocked  10:16 just shy of his 10:05 win at Elyu.

Still below the 9:37 qualifying mark for Palaro. De Jesus who attends school within the border of Region 3 will have to see if his time is good enough for the bonus slots given by the DepEd.

PinoyAthletics Invitational Butuan – Former Palaro Elementary Champion leads Secondary Girls Rankings in Triple Jump.

Rosebel Balingit the 2018 Palarong Pambansa Elem Girls Champion again leaped to the Top of the Jumping World in Phil Athletics this time in the secondary division. The 17-year-old nailed 10.76m to lead the Phi Rankings for 2022 in High school girls.
The 17-year-old who hails from the CARAGA is the only CARAGA athlete ranked #1 in any athletics event leading into the Palaro in 2022.
While her teammate John Lloyd Villareal registered 6.14m in the Long Jump.

Meanwhile JP Es-Oro (Buenavista City/PinoyAthletics) the Regional Champion in the 1500/3000m. Stepped down to 800m and hit the Palaro standard of 2:09 with a 2:08.37 PB.

Paced by Benjie Duhac (PinoyAthletics/Bayugan City and Perpetual) who strode out a 2:07 pacemaker. Like Balingit the 17-year-old Es-Oro is coached by Michael Mordeno and Meach Chua. And are now focussing full attention on structured training coming out of the pandemic with guidance from PinoyAthletics. 

Es-Oro also won a solo 3000m in 10:37 which was a slight improvement to his PB of 10:39 at the PinoyAthletics Mindanao Track League at Butuan City in December. However, it was outside the Palaro qualification mark of 9:37.


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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. And Currently is Consultant Coach with VMUF 2021- Current editor and chief of, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program. Coaches Sprints, Middle and Jump events he is  Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles. Currently working towards a Masters Degree in Education. He can be contacted on [email protected] You can find more information on Coaching here

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