3rd time’s a charm for Tabal-A A +A
Sunday, February 24, 2013
FINALLY, after three attempts, Mary Joy Tabal seized this year’s women 21K title after crossing the finish line in 1:24:47 of the third SM 2 SM Run, which attracted over 4,000 runners yesterday at the SM City Cebu North Wing.
Tabal was followed by Jennelyn Nobleza of Silay City, Negros Occidental, clocking 1:30.59 for the second place and Kenyan runner Patrober Kemboi finished in third place with 1:41.08.
“My prayers were answered. In the last two SM2SM runs, I’ve only placed second,” said Tabal. She, however, failed to beat her personal record of 1:21, which she made in the Cebu Marathon.
In the men’s 21K, Ken-yan runners Willy Rotich (1:10) and Eliud Kering (1:12.38) took the top two spots. Local runner Jason Agravante came in third with 1:28.
In the 21K couples division, triathletes Noy and Amale Jopson crossed the finish line in 1:45.55 followed by Geoffrey and Leonora Villamor in 1:54.13.
Fernando and Wilma Lugay settled for third place in 1:55.41.
In the men’s 12K, Ken-yan runners took the top three spots.
Philip Ronoh clocked 39:39 for the victory. Francis Kakui came in second with a time of 40:30 and Lelei Eliud came in at third with 42:45.
Cebu’s Lovely Andrin took the 12K women’s title after crossing the finish line in 51:35.00. Kenyan Kisha Mae Delechos finished at second place with 56:18. Christy Sevilleno finished third in 56:22.
The 12K couples title went to Ma. Fe and Rodrigo Ernane after clocking 1:04.30 followed by Rap and Liz Cabanero with 1:04.50 for second, while finishing third were Donovan and Doreen Jadines with 1:05.27.
Kenyan Joel Kembol and Cebu’s Cherry Andrin took the men and women’s 6K titles, respectively.
Kembol clocked 18:27.67 followed by Isaac Simat with 18:57.69 for second, and Joebert Carolino with 19:13.21 for third.
Cherry Andrin topped the women’s division in 24:45.09. She was followed by sister Jhean Andrin with 25:23.40 and Lynle Cardenas for third in 24:39.50.
According to SM corporate communication manager RJ Leduna, they were overwhelmed with this year’s turnout.
“We received several good feedbacks from the runners and we are happy about it.”
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on February 25, 2013.