Buenavista, Martes reigns-A A +A
Monday, November 4, 2013
FORMER national marathon king and queen Eduardo Buenavista and Christabel Martes served notice for the upcoming national marathon after topping their respective divisions in the Baguio leg of the 37th National Milo marathon.
Buenavista finished the 21k run with a time of 1:12:36 edging local bet Cesar Castañeto who crossed the line at 1:14:18 while former UB student Hernane Sore with a time of 1:19:53.
Sore, who topped last year’s Baguio elimination race, will not make it to the national finals after failing to qualify for the 1:15:00 mark for the national 42k marathon slated later in Manila.
“Okay naman na na-meet ko yung expected time ko, bale ang target natin talaga ay yung nationals bale parang eto kasama na rin sa early training,” said the reigning 2012 National Milo marathon king Buenavista.
Martes, meanwhile, defended her Baguio leg crown with a time of 1:31:33 as local bet Gretchen Gaye Ablaza came in second with a time of 1:49:41 and Rowena Ba-a checking in at third with a time of 1:50:43.
“Nasa training pa rin and conditioning yan, basta pagbutihin ang pag-eensayo at maybe mas mapaghahandaan ko siguro, ang pinaka-challenge dun will be the last 10K,” Martes said.
Winners in the 10k top three include Arnold Galap, Gremil Galut, and Castro Cudli for the male division, while Jessa Mangsat, Rosenie Hull, and Lou Ann Ramos got the best for the female.
Edwin Generalao, Ike Kevin Yagin, and Aldrin Seno were the best in the 5K division while Divina Kitongan, Sisa Mae Caronongan, and Augustina Agnayon took the top three in the distaff side.
Top finishers for the 3K category include Yussef Lokana, Eduard Buenavista Jr., and Jayron John Arellano for the male, while Mary Grace Zamudio, Felicity Alfonso, and Christine Ann Taruc were the best runners in the female division.
Saint Louis University Laboratory High School, Benguet National High School, and the University of Baguio won the side event for the biggest school delegation while Philippine National Police, Philippine Military Academy, and Bank of the Philippine Islands won for the largest company delegation.
SLU LHS ranked first with an average time of 26:32 for the fastest time delegation while second was UB with 30:33, and University of the Cordilleras on third with 34:30 time, as PMA took the fastest company delegation with an average time of 48:52.
Some 5,500 runners participated in the Baguio leg which started at the Baguio Melvin Jones over the weekend.
Race director Che Alberto said they were overwhelmed by the number of participants that came to join the race.
“It was more than what we expected, we thought we could only get to target the quota for the race but it seemed that many came for late registrations,” said Alberto.
“Although the Milo committee only limited the allowed number of runners it was still good since nakita nila how effective and supportive ang mga runners natin not only from Baguio but from other neighboring places pagdating sa Milo marathon,” Alberto added.
Organizers said that this year Milo only allowed a maximum of 4,700 participants to join the race due to issues including safety and traffic that would be affecting the racer’s time and performance.
Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on November 05, 2013.