Tyler Ruiz jumper is #2 All Time Long Jump

Tyler Ruiz’s jumper is the #2 All-Time Long Jump behind Dagmil’s 7.78m

Fil-Heritage Tyler Ruiz jumper, 25, made the difficult decision a year ago to transfer from the High Jump to the Long Jump. The 6’2 Tyler had two unsuccessful campaigns for the Philippines in the SEA Games, finishing sixth in 2013 and 2015.

Tyler’s luck changed for the better yesterday at the Aztec Invitational in Sandiego when he recorded a big personal best of 7.78m. The leap had a legit wind reading of +1.2m/s. Only Olympian Henry Dagmil has ever jumped further.

Ruiz’s performance exceeded the 2015 SEA Games gold medal jump of Supanara of Thailand (7.75m).

Tyler is a graduate of USC with a Cuban Father and a Filipino mother. His Cuban Genetics now began to show. Tyler broke the meet record of Kenta Bell (7.77m) set in 2003.  It was a significant improvement on his previous best of 7.63m at Chula Vista last year.

Excited. I knew I could jump much further than previous weeks. I was just a little rusty I think. Heading to the National Open tonight. said Ruiz.
Tyler now heads off to the Philippines National Open in Iligan, Isabella. It will be a magnificent final with NCAA Record Holder Julian Reem Fuentes (7.69m), 2015 SEA Games bronze medalist Donovont Arriola (7.64m) 2015 ASEAN School Games Record.

Holder Jerry Belibestre (7.47m) seeing action. We will select only two of these four men for the 2017 SEA Games in Malaysia. NCAA Silver medalist Aristeo Dela Pena (7.44m), 2011 SEA Games bronze medalist Benigno Marayag (7.61m), and Janry Ubas (7.55m).

The last time Ruiz competed at national championships, he won the 2014 Philippine National Games High Jump at Ultra.


Tyler Ruiz leaps 7.63m

May 9, 2016

What has for the last few years has been very fierce competition for the Men’s spots in the SEA Games long jumps intensified yesterday.

Tyler Ruiz a member of the Fil-Heritage program improved his Personal best to 7.63m to place third behind Taipei’s American Born Ted Hooper (7.70m). This was at the CVOTC HP1 at Chula Vista.

Ruiz said “My previous best was 7.42m a few months back and I  hope to represent the Philippines in his new event. At SEA Games”

Ruiz acquired his Filipino passport in 2013, he has a Cuban father and a Filipino mother. He qualified and represented the Philippines in the High Jump in the 2013 and 2015 SEA Games. And was also the National Champion at the PNG in 2014 in this event. Despite having a best of 2.13m (which ties the National Record but is not counted as before he got his Filipino passport in 2012). Ruiz leaped 2.11m while he represented the Philippines. He failed to gain a medal in the last two SEA Games.


Change to Long Jump

This is one reason why he had decided to change to the Long Jump where he seems to be improving rapidly.

The Bronze medal standard for the SEA Games is only 7.51m, which was the performance of Donovant Arriola.

So far PNG Champion Julian Reem Fuentes of College of Benilde leads the rankings with 7.69m after recently winning the national open, Ruiz is ranked second with 7.63m, National Champion Fil-Heritage athlete Arriola is ranked third with 7.48m, and ASEAN School Games Record Holder Jerry Belibestre, 18 of Bacolod third with 7.39m.

As of now, the front-runners are Fuentes and Ruiz. Arriola has a PB of 7.64m and would need to improve his performance to move into the top two for selection for the 2017 SEA Games, however, there is about a year to go for selection.

Last SEA Games it was a three-way dance for selection with Arriola and Dagmil getting the nod ahead of Fuentes. Dagmil has now retired and is focussing on coaching in his home province of Cotabato.

The Philippines All-Time List Mens Long Jump

1 7.99m 0.2 Henry Dagmil
2 7.74m Joebert Delicano
3 7.69m Julian Reem Fuentes
4 7.64m Nino Ramirez
5 7.64m Donovant Ariola
6 7.63m Tyler Ruiz
7 7.61m Benigno Marayag
8 7.50m Arturo Orozco
9 7.47m Jose Jerry Belibestre
10 7.43m Alexander Ligtas

Full Results Here


Week 2: Ruiz and Santos hit last-minute SEA Qualifiers

The deadline for Entries for PATAFA for the SEA Games is set for March 23. Two athletes who were on a thin lifeline to qualify for SEA Games had a breakthrough performance this weekend in the United States boosting the number of total athletes above the bronze standard of 2013 SEA Games athletics to 27. The PATAFA has 34 slots available for selection, with the curtain coming down for qualification after the National Open in Laguna March 19-22.

Tyler Ruiz proves he is far from done hitting last-minute SEA Mark in High Jump

Despite a difficult last few months 24-year-old Fil-Heritage High Jumper Tyler Ruiz dished out his best performance in nearly two years with a 2.13m leap in the high jump. The 2014 PNG Champion who was a disappointing fourth at the last SEA Games equaled the bronze medal performance of the 2013 SEA Games. The 24-year-old Ruiz missed out at 2.18m, he is eying the National Record held by now-national coach Sean Guevarra on his way to his preparation for the 2015 SEA Games.

The 6’3 Tyler Christian Cruz-Hererra Ruiz obtained his Philippine passport several months before the 2013 SEA Games he has a Cuban father and a Filipino mother.

Imagine how I was feeling I was starting to get nervous. said Ruiz who knew how close he was to almost being dropped from the SEA Games lineup.

Tyler hitting 2.13m

Full Results here


Mar 15, 2015

Meanwhile, 2014 PNG Champion Tyler Ruiz improved his season’s best to 2.07m, 6cm from

the SEA Games standard. Ruiz holds a personal best of 2.17m from 2013.

At Cougar invitational meet in Los Angeles, 17-year-old Kyla Richardson who has battled with hamstring injuries the past 12 months registered a decent albeit slightly wind-aided 100-meter performance of 12.07 (+2.5). Kyla whose best time is 11.93 from 2013, is eyeing a spot in the revitalized womens 4×100 Relay for the SEA Games in Singapore. Princess Joy Griffey (11.62) and Kayla Richardson (11.78) currently occupy the two spots on the womens 100m Dash.

Twin sister Kayla who has had the flu will be racing next week.





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