Double duty for USC-A A +A
Saturday, August 17, 2013
JOSEPH Berdin’s injury a few weeks ago is turning out to be a blessing in disguise. Sidelined from the University of San Carlos-Basic Education Department’s basketball team (USC-BED), he trained for throwing events, on the track and field coach’s urging.
The result? Berdin won the first gold medal for USC—which is trying to keep the elementary division title—in shot put.
“He was originally a member of the school’s basketball team. But when he got injured, we decided to train him in throwing events. He already has the discipline of an athlete and it would be foolish if we don’t take advantage of it,” said athletics coach Arvin Loberanes.
Minutes after winning the first gold medal, Berdin had to test his running skills as he had to rush to the Cebu Coliseum to suit up for the school’s basketball team.
Loberanes said that when they were finalizing the list of athletes for Milo, the basketball squad decided to tap him again.
Aside from Berdin, the basketball team’s captain, Czar Octaviano, is also a strong contender in the 200-meter run.
“We have a small pool of athletes but these are quality athletes,” said Loberanes.
Technical official Danilo Villadolid said they allow an athlete to join multiple events only for now.
“If it was my choice, I wouldn’t allow my athlete to do that, but it is their decision to make. That will be at their own risk. The moment the schedule of two events will clash, the athlete will have to sacrifice one,” said Villadolid.
Villadolid added that they only allow this in the regional level but will no longer allow this in the national finals.
USC ran away with the elementary title last year with 135.25 points, while the University of the Visayas (UV) was second at 61.25.
This year, USC-BED is also trying to end the iron grip of the University of Cebu (UC) in the high school division. UC got the title last year with 176.25 points, just 15 ahead of USC-BED.
The rankings after the first day of competition doesn’t show the overall picture yet as only the taekwondo event was finished.
Unusual Top 3
Based on the taekwondo results—the top two are Talisay South Elementary School of Negros Occidetal with 27.5 points and Education and Training Center with 12.5 points. Talisay City Central School, Delegate Angele Salazar Jr. Memorial School and Don Vicente RAma Memorial Elementary School share third with seven points.
While the overall picture is still uncertain, what is certain though is that UC and USC-BED will be in for a showdown.
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 18, 2013.