Athletics snap six gold medals in PRISAA

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Tuesday, April 15, 2014


TERTIARY athletes representing the Cordillera left a blissful stint in the athletics competitions of the recently concluded 2014 Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA) National Games held at Tagum City, Davao April 6-12.

With their 6 gold, 16 silvers, and 4 bronze medals, collegiate bets bannering PRISAA-CAR caught decent attention from the 15 other regions.

University of Baguio’s John Rey Opendo led with two gold medals after winning the men’s 400 meter hurdles and 800-meter run, while fellow UB Cardinal Mercy Taypoc glorified herself snatching the crown in the women’s 500-meter and 2,000-meter race.

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University of the Cordilleras Jaguar Divina Kitongan also bagged the women’s 1,500-meter run and silver in the 800-meter event, while UB’s Joan Caido also dished out one gold and silver from the 400-meter and 200-meter events, respectively.

Arnold Galap snatched two silver medals from the men’s 500 and 1000-meter race while Melva Cawid generated silver and bronze medals from the women’s 200 and 400-meter high hurdles, together with Jay Lomyog who won second in the men’s 3,000 steeple chase run.

Erwin Bong Generalao added two bronze medals in the men’s 1,500 and 5,000-meter race.

PRISAA-CAR delegates also won eight silver medals after finishing second in the men and women’s 4x400 meter event.

Meanwhile, Janel Viñegas secured the second spot in the women’s javelin throw together with Gemma Landisan who bagged bronze in the same event. Regan Contic added silver from the men’s discus throw.

UB generated 5-9-2 (gold-silver-bronze), UC added 1-5-2, while Cordillera Career Development College padded the record with two silvers.

Some 250 college athletes from the different schools of Baguio City and Benguet bannered the region’s delegates in the week-long competition committed to develop and harness the potentials of student-athletes, trainers, coaches, sports directors, physical education instructors, technical officials and other stakeholders of member-schools.

Also part of PRISAA-CAR delegation were athletes from AMA Computer College-Baguio and Philippine Women’s University. (Mark Victor Pasagoy)

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on April 16, 2014.

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