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Trenten Beram 2015-2017

2017 Athletes of the Year in Athletics

December 23, 2017


It is that time again—the announcement of the Athlete of the Year in Athletics for 2017. In addition, Pinoyathletics has announced its Athlete of the Year award for Philippine Athletics.


Male Athlete of the Year – Trenten Beram

For 4 years 2013,2014,2015,2016, Eric Cray was the male athlete of the year. However, it was a tough call as Cray still had a brilliant season with an Asian Title in the 400 Hurdles, which is a major feat in itself.

Beram, Photo Credit: Sunstar

It was the progression of a fellow Fil-Heritage athlete and newcomer Trenten Beram onto the forefront of Asian Athletics, a welcome development the past year.

Beram emerged in 2016, breaking the Philippine record in the 200m several times, lowering it from 21.17 to 20.84.

He became the first man to break the 21-second barrier.

First doing so at the Asian Championships, making it to the finals and placing 5th in 20.96.

At the SEA Games, Beram took 2 Golds 20.84 in the 200m, taking the Gold at the SEA Games in Malaysia.

The  Philippines had never even won a medal in the SEA Games in its 40-year history. Beram

also joined a long tradition of Philippine Champions in 400m at SEA Games by taking the

400m also in 46.39, the second-fastest time ever in the Philippine All-Time Lists. Behind only the National Record Holder of Former Asian Champion Isidro Del Prado

2017 SEA Games Trenten Beram takes second Gold in 400m (Video)

Aug 28, 2017

US-based Trenten Beram beat the much-favored Quach Cong Lich (5th in Asian Champs) to win the SEA Games 400m by the narrowest of Margins.

Running in Lane 7 (explained at the end of the article). Beram added the 400 to the 200 titles he had won earlier in the SEA Games. The 5th Gold Medal for the Philippines.

The 21-year-old was out fast, but the field started closing in around the 300m marks. It was Luong Van Thao of Vietnam who struck first, challenging Beram around the 250m marks.

Then the Big Legs of Quach tried to reel in Trenten Beram in the last 80m. 18-Year-old Pitchaiya Sunthortuan of Thailand, who had just run 46.87 to break the SEA School Games Record by a second a few months back, also was closing in strong.

In the end, Beram held off the challenge and just hung onto a win in 46.39 from Sunthortuan, who improved his best time again to 46.46 (which may have been a Thai Junior Record?),

Quach, who still had the fastest time of the year (46.35), could only cling to bronze at 46.48.

The Other Filipinos in the race, the ever-smiling Edgardo Alejan, the 2015 SEA Bronze medallist, and the 2017 SEA Silver medallist, finished outside the 7th in 47.68. Perhaps at 30, looming towards the end of his 8-year career in the national team.


Second-fastest ever times by a Filipino Athlete.

Beram time of 46.39 was the second-fastest ever time by a Filipino Athlete; only Isidro Del Prado’s 45.57 National Recordset in the 1984 ASEAN Cup in Manila is faster. Beram also improved on his 46.56 PB set at the American Outdoor Champs in Houston on 13 May.

Unlike the 200m, The Philippines has a proud tradition of Quarter Mile Champions. Del Prado, Romeo Gido, Ernie Candelario, Jimar Aing, Julius Nierras and Archand Bagsit also have been champions in this event.

Trenten may have greater potential in this event than the 400m, as he could probably be a low 45 or hirunnersrunner one day in this event with more emphasis on this event which would be world-class. Beram is currently at the University of Connecticut.

Below is an Article by Manolo Pedralvez

KUALA LUMPUR – Despite cramps and drawing an outer lane, Treten Beram hurdled both obstacles for the country’s first athletic golden double in the 29th Malaysian Southeast Asian Games with a heroic win in men’s 400-meter run at the National Stadium here Thursday night.

The top-notcher in the qualifiers earlier in the day, the cramp-stricken Beram, was inexplicably drawn in the more difficult lane No. 7. At the same time, hometown rival Muhammad Azam Masri, fourth in the prelims, was placed in the favorable inside lane No. 5.

But the apparent ploy by the Malaysian hosts to give their athlete an added edge backfired as the gallant Fil-Am runner accelerated in the last 10 meters in winning the gold in 46.39 seconds to follow up on his triumph in the men’s 200-meter race on Wednesday.

In what seemed like poetic justice, Thailand’s P Sunthontuam took silver (46.46), Vietnam’s Quach Cong Lich, the 2015 Singapore SEAG silver medallist in the event, bronze (46.48), while Masri wound up fourth (47.24)

It marked the first time in recent memory that a Filipino runner was able to sweep both the men’s 200 and 400-meter runs in Southeast Asia’s premier sports showcase. However, Janry Ubas could only muster a leap of 7.75  meters in the men’s long, good for bronze in the only other night results.



“I felt the cramps just an hour before the race,” the University of Connecticut student bared while breathing heavily from the . “We did a lot of massage and hydration because I really felt heavy entering the race.

“I knew I had to give my 100,000 percent to win. I just thank God that he gave me the strength to do it.”


National team manager Edward Kho was fuming on the sidelines, questioning track technical officials why Bertram had been relegated to the outer and more challenging lane.

“They seemed to have played around with the international track rules that the top four qualifiers can be assigned to lanes No. 4, 5, 6 and 7,” Kho said. “Our athlete was the top qualifier so why should he placed in the outer lane.”

Though taxed to the hilt by challenging conditions he faced, Bertram merely shrugged them off, saying: It’s still 400 meters all around. I just couldn’t see my competitors. But it still sprint so you have to run as fast you can.”

After two straight gruelling days of racing, he had only one thing on his mind: “Time to get me much-needed sleep.”

My Response to the Lane Ruling

  • Please note I have been informed that the lane assignments have now been corrected as follows.
  • If it’s an 8-lane track, it’s 3,4,5,6 for the four fastest qualifiers based on random lane draw
  • This is a lane 9 lane track 1 that isn’t used. So it should be 4,5,6,7 as the middle lanes.
  • Beram is lane 7, which is like lane 6 on an 8-lane track.
  • In IAAF Rule 166, it states lanes 3,4,5,6 correctly, however.
Note (iv): When there are more lanes than athletes, the inside
Lane (s) should always remain free.
  • Thus this forces out 4,5,6,7 to become the middle lanes. I believe the rule was followed right.  I am thrilled to see Trenten doing well at these championships.


Beram, Photo Credit: Sunstar


Trenten Beram wins the Philippines’ first-ever medal in SEA Games 200m (video)

Aug 24, 2017

Trenten Beram is not only the First Filipino to win the 200m Dash at the SEA Games.

But he is the first-ever medallist in this event in the 40-year history of the Philippines at the SEA Games. Beram sped to a very comfortable 3-stride victory in a time of 20.83, shattering his 20.96 National Record.

The 20.96 was when he placed 5th at the Asian Championships in Bhubaneswar, India, in June.

Trenten Beram representing the Philippines beat out the 2013 SEA Games Champion Jirapong Meenapra at 21.22, and the surprise on the night was Arevin Gunasegaran of Malaysia at 21.26. 100m Champion Khairul Hafiz Jantan of Malaysia was locked out of the medal with 21.28 and was found to be injured afterward

Trenten Beram was the only athlete to break 21 seconds, leading the heats in 20.99. So his best and third-best time ever at these championships.

Trenten Beram is currently at the University of Connecticut, participating in the NCAA Divison 1. He hails from New York, and his mother is from Cebu.

Beram should be able to break into the Mid 20-sec range next year, which would put him at a world-class level.


Bhubaneswar, India Asian Championships Day 4

July 10, 2017

Fil-Heritage sprinter Trenten Beram clocked 20.96 to break the National Record again. Beram came into this competition with a PB of 21.12. Clocked 21.05 in the heats, 21.07 in the semis, and then 20.96 in the finals.

The 20.96 eclipsed his record in the heat with 0.0 wind.

Starting in Lane 2 in the finals, Trenten Beram came off the bend ahead. But was quickly swamped by the bigger sprinters on the inside.

But it was the tall Yang Chun-Han who came through in lane 8 to steal the gold in the last 10 meters clocking 20.66, well outside the Meet Record of 20.28.  

Park Bongco of Korea held on for silver in 20.71, and defending champion, Femi Ogunode lost his 200m title in bronze with 20.79. Bie Genie of China was 4th in 20.85, and Beram 5th in 20.96.

The mark sets Beram well for the SEA Games, where he now has the 3 fastest times in South East Asia 2017 in the 200m with 20.96, 21.05, and 21.07. Vietnam’s Le Trong Hinh, who won the 2015 SEA Games in 20.89, has not run yet this year.

Beram, from New York, is competing for the University of Connecticut in NCAA Division 1. His mother is from Cebu.

Although this was the only Filipino athlete in action on the last day of the Asian Championships, other Southeast Asian Nations showed signs of things to come.

Trenten Beram !!! breaks National 200m Record advances to Semis (video included)

Jul 9, 2017

Bhubaneswar, India

Fil-Heritage sprinter Trenten Beram broke his own Philippines National Record with a clocking of 21.05s to finish third in heat 1. The result, however, took a back seat to his fellow Fil-Am’s performance yesterday. Eric Cray won the 400 Hurdles earlier. The time was also a leading time for his event in South East Asia in 2017.

Beram is a scholar at the University of Connecticut with a Filipino mother from Cebu. Beram previously broke the National record at the Manila Open in June 2016 with 21.12.

This mark erased the 21.17 mark of Ralph Waldy Soguilon from 2007.

Beram finished third in heat 1 behind Bie Gie (China) at 20.92, and Park Bongco (Korea) at 20.97. He qualified fifth fastest into the Semi-Finals, which will be held this morning.

Nigerian-born Femi Ogunode (Qatar), a shocking second in the 100m after losing his title to Taftian of Iran, led the 200m easing up with a 20.79 run.

The only South East Asian there, Aravinn Thevar of Malaysia, equaled his SB of 21.33, placing 13th and qualifying for the Semi-Finals.

Beram currently leads Meenapra (Thailand), who had run 21.09 but only ran in the 4×100 at Asian Champs. Also, 18-year-old Thai Siripol Punpa had run 21.18, and will undoubtedly see action in the ASEAN School Games in a few weeks.

Beram also has 400 times this year of 46.56 but decided to focus on the 200m.

Beram is bunched up in the Top 3.

*Beram has now supplied with a copy of his passport confirming his 200m marks as a new national record

Beram officially surpasses the 200m record of Soguilon

PATAFA held Time Trials on June 24 at Pasig. Using their new electronic timing device.

Anyone who made meets the qualifying standards were welcome to join. It was, however, a tiny turnout but did attract two Fil-Heritage athletes and members of the national team.

The Highlight of the meet was Fil-Heritage sprinter Beram from New York. Surpassing the Philippine Record of Ralph Waldy Soguilon (21.17, 2007).  However, apart from this, the mark meets all the criteria of a Philippine Record. 20-year-old Beram recorded a time of 21.12 with a (-0.1) headwind.

This improved on Trenten’s season-best of 21.22 (1.3) from May in Orlando. He had also run a wind-aided 21.08 (4.4) in April at Baton Rogue.

His official personal best is 21.09 (1.3) in Jacksonville last year. Trenten Beram is currently a scholarship athlete at the University of Connecticut.

SEA Games

Last SEA Games Le Trong Hinh of Vietnam won in 20.89, from Jathon Sathoengram of Thailand in 21.05. And Jirapong Meenapra of Thailand 21.13. Apart from possibly Eric Cray, who competed in the 100 and 400 Hurdles last SEA Games. Beram is the only athlete who is a strong medal candidate in the SEA Games 200. An event in which we have never secured a medal since joining the SEA Games in 1975.

However, Trenten Beram won over the 2013 SEA Games 400m Champion Archand Bagsit (21.68),  Fil-Heritage sprinter Bryan Mercado (21.72), and national athlete Isidro Del Prado Jr. (22.29).

Trenten Beram had participated before during a leg of the weekly relays with a 48.3 400-meter jog in his offseason last year.

Beram takes SEA lead in 400m for 2017 #3 all-time, other members sort out 4×400

May 18, 2017

Filipino National 200m Record Holder Trenten Beram, 21, grabbed the lead time for South East Asia in the 400m with a time (of 46.56). And did the performance at the American Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships in Houston last weekend. Beram mark took the lead from the 2015 SEA Games silver medalist Quach Cong Lich (Vietnam), who registered (46.66) at round 3 of the Asian Grand Prix in Taipei last month.

Beram’s opening time this year was 47.62, and he established his previous best of 47.00 at Jacksonville last year. Beram broke the time in the heats in 46.90 before surpassing it again in the finals.

46.56 is the third-fastest time ever by a Filipino behind the National record of Isidro Del Prado’s 45.57 (1984) and tied with Julius Nierras’s 46.56, which he ran in 2007 to win the SEA Games. Thailand’s Kunanon, the SEA Games Champion, has not registered yet this season.

In the 200, Beram clocked 21.14 (+2.4) and then 21.01 (+2.1), both times slightly wind-aided and both underneath his National Record of 21.12.

Above all, with Cray and Beram down for the 4×400 relay. The fight and evaluation for the other spots continued. At the Time Trial in Pasig yesterday. Edgardo Alejan, the 2015 SEA Games bronze medalist, won in 48.17 (48.60 3rd at national open), from 2013 SEA Games Champion Archand Bagsit 48.31 (49.44 4th at national open), Mico Del Prado 48.44 (48.47 2nd at national open), and Ryan Bigyan 49.10 (48.37 1st at national open). Apart from Cray, the next four fastest times are Beram 46.56, Alejan 48.17 and Bagsit 48.31, and Bigyan 48.37.

The Deadline for selecting the SEA Games is the first week of July, as the SEA Games will be held at the end of August.

2015 Weekly Relays Elimination B Flash Back: Beram dishes out an easy 400 Win

Fil-am visitor Beram easily jogged to win the 400 in 48.8 officially. 48.3 on a more reliable stopwatch. The 19-year-old Beram has a personal best of 21.05, 47.00. Beram was well ahead of Wiliam Galceran (FEU) 50.2, UAAP Champion Gabriel Soriano (UP) 50.4, and Palaro Silver Medalist Russell Galleon (UE) 505.

Beram, a freshman at the University of Connecticut, is in the general phase of his training. His coach had advised him not to run 200m at this point in the year.

He is in the Philippines, applying for a Filipino passport. His mother hails from Cebu. Aiming for a spot on both relay teams and individual events on the national team.

Julian ‘Happy Clowns’ Fuentes (CSB), the National silver medalist. Leaped 7.17m to win the Men’s Long Jump. This was very far behind the 7.53m he registered at the University Games last month.

While Narcissa Atienza threw 42.31m (Army) to have a surprise win over UAAP Champion, Junior Record Holder Evalyn Palabrica (FEU) could only manage 41.81m. Nearly 7 meters below her PB. Atienza, the SEA Games Silver Medalist in Heptathlon, has a PB of 45.52m.

National pool athlete Melvin Calano representing the Phil Airforce Alliance continued to impress with a comfortable win over his opponents in 60.03m.

In addition, National Pool athlete Clinton Kingsley Bautista won the men’s 110 Hurdles in 14.7. At the same time, NCAA Champion Francis Medina (Perpetual) ran to qualify in 14.6 in the Junior 110 Hurdles.




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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