Cordi finishes 5th place in 2014 PRISAA

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Monday, April 21, 2014


THANKS to the highland Judokas, collegiate athletes representing the Cordillera towed the region to another decent fifth place finish in the 2014 Private Schools Athletic Association National Games held in Tagum City.

The region's judo players saved Cordillera anew after bagging 11 gold medals, three silvers, and another three bronze medals to win the over-all crown in the men’s side and claim the first runner-up honors in the distaff side of the competition.

Judo's medal output was the most in the region with an overall haul of 20-36-24 finish in the annual national collegiate games.

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"We are so happy with how we came back to represent the region bagging the title in the men’s and almost doing it again in the women’s division," CAR judo coach Corazon Albido said.

The men's team bested competitors from University of Mindanao while the distaff side fell short late in the contest against the women's team of the same UM squad.

"Hopefully the athletic directors will again support us next year, we are looking forward to showcase the powerhouse performance of our judokas here in the Cordillera," Albido added.

PRISAA-CAR judokas composed of athletes from University of Baguio and University of Cordilleras put up a superb mixed performance with UB leading away with six gold and two bronze, while UC capped out with five gold and one bronze medal.

UB’s Johnny Domiong, Francisco Masnan Jr., and Hilario Fiacayyao bagged gold medals in the men’s division, while Helen Aclopen, Fatima Stalin, and Maricel Awitan added three more for the distaff.

UB Cardinal Rodhanson Nang-is and Paquito Jameson collected bronze medal apiece.

Meanwhile, Gemmar Ponce led UC snatching his own gold medal and awarded the best player for making the most ippon during the tournament, together with Bryan Ballao-as, also bagging gold from the men’s contest.

Jona Jane Dodon, Grail Fedcheck, and Annete Joy Pinas of UC each mustered gold medals, while Donabel Tobias snatched a bronze.

Athletics also had the second most number of medals with a 6-16-4 gold, silver, bronze finish.

The lone gold medalist in boxing was Renner Mera while Restitu Osading and Farag-ey Pais won silver apiece with Fernel Gaspi, Harmon Jay Valdo, Marty Odasing and Samme John Catolico winning four bronze medals.

CAR also had nine silver medals in softball while another nine bronze medals in sepak takraw.

The two more gold medals from tae kwon do were added for the region courtesy of Leomar Agyamoc and Steven Castillano. The region also won six more silver and four bronze medals in the sport.

Two more bronze medals from Mirriam Tumapang and Mystica Laureta for the women's doubles in lawn tennis were added to the region's medal haul while Janelli Manapao added another bronze in the women's single.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on April 22, 2014.

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