This week’s Track Beauty of the week is Regine Tugade of Guam. The Filipina athlete runs for the US dependency island nation.
Tugade has already represented her country in the World Juniors, Worlds, and Olympic Games.
The 20-year-old has a Personal best this year of 12.03 and 24.57. She is currently studying at the US Naval Academy.
Regine won the Micronesian Games setting a new Games Record of 12.38 in June. Also winning the Long Jump and 400m.
Tugade Sets New 60m Record
Tugade ready for Navy’s season
PERFECT VISION: Regine Tugade, a Guam Olympian currently attends the U.S. Naval Academy. Photo courtesy of Regine Tugade
Always looking to excel and shave precious seconds off of her times, Tugade has set big goals.
“This upcoming season will be my second year running for Navy and my ninth year overall running in track,” said Tugade. “When I was first accepted into the Academy it was more of a shock and awe type of situation. Now I can say I’m so much more focused and extra driven to succeed as well as continue representing our island of Guam.”
Season opener over the holidays
Generally, over the holidays, Tugade can be seen back under the sun, and perhaps on the beaches. However, that wasn’t the case this past Christmas. Instead, Tugade and her Navy teammates took part in their team’s season opener. Tugade participated in the 60m, 200m, and long jump.
In the 60m sprint, Tugade ran in a field of more than 40 competitors and recorded an official time of 7.79 seconds in the final heat. Her time of under eight seconds secured her a top ten ranking.
In her other two events, she clocked in at 25.59 in her final run in the 200m. However, that wasn’t Tugade’s best, as she ran a 25.4 earlier in the day. In the long jump, Tugade had one officially recorded jump at 5.36 meters.
Improved workouts and greater goals
Understanding that only one meeting has passed in the young season, Tugade knows the type of dedication, hard work, and discipline it’s going to take in order to achieve her goals. One part of her path to success is improving in her workouts and diets.
“I’ve been a lot more consistent in workouts, lifts, and diet,” said Tugade. “Last year, I was way over the weight and body fat I should have been at. Currently, I’ve gone down a good 14 pounds and a lot of that had to do with making healthier food choices and adding more variety.”
Making good choices and sound decisions are steering Guam’s former Olympian in the right direction and put her well on her way to accomplishing greater goals. “This upcoming season I plan to break records and I’m aiming to lower my current outdoor records by a substantial amount,” said Tugade.
Tugade also added that she will like to get some official indoor times and marks while trying to set records. “Not only do I want to keep chipping away at Guam records, but I want to make my mark in my school and in our conference league as well,” said Tugade. “I’m aiming to make it to the all-time top performance lists for my school.”
2 Fil-Heritage Athletes representing Guam in the 2016 Olympics
June 18, 2016
With the ultimate deadline of the IAAF and IOC being July 11 for Rio. Marestella Torres (6.60m needs 6.70m) women’s long jump, Ernest Obiena (5.55m needs 5.70m) Men’s Pole Vault, and Kayla Richardson (23.68 needs 23.20) women’s 200m are still aiming for the standard.
Its small neighbor Guam a US Dependency which population involves a large majority Filipino population will field two wild cards.
These two athletes both have Filipino blood. The Philippines may not have a women sprinter qualified yet. But there will be a women sprinter with Filipino blood running. Regine
Regine, 18 who also is a beauty queen in Guam and heading The US Naval Academy. Will represent Guam in the 100m and 200m dash in Rio. Regine regularly has competed in the Philippines taking Bronze in 100 and 200 at the 2015 National Open in Laguna. Both of Tugade’s parents are Ilocano’s. Tugade holds Guam National Records in the 100, 200, and 400 12.26, 25.28, and 57.89.
Lustre recently won a gold medal in the 1,500-meter open at the Micronesian Championships.
He also won silver at the 2012 Oceania Championships in Australia in the men’s 1,600-meter relay, under-20 division, with teammates Nicolas Raval, Jordan Tingson, and Rey John Flores.
He remembered his trip in 2012 to Australia for the Oceania Championships with the national team and seeing teammates Amy Atkinson and Derek Mandell, who represented Guam at the London Olympics, and it really inspired him to work hard and try for Rio.
“That goal has finally come into fruition,” Ilustre said.