‘Ugly day turns Lovely’-A A +A
Sunday, August 18, 2013
SHE was duped out of the cash prize of an 8K race she joined early in the morning and came in late and failed to defend her title in the 3,000 run of the Milo Little Olympics yesterday at the Cebu City Sports Center.
Her day did not start out so well. And Lovely Fe Andrin of Pajo National High School could only hope that it would get better.
“Kapoy nako pero niingon ko nga hantod naa pay kusog, hantud naa pa’y ikabuga, ako nalang ihatag tanan. Kailangan mubawi.”
And indeed, her day ended well.
In the 800-meter run, Andrin, running with her bare feet, exhausted all the energy left in her to not just to win, but also beat nemesis and fellow barefoot runner Joneza Mie Sustituedo of Iloilo National High School, who finished third. Andrin finished in 2:28.57, while Iloilo’s Merryjelyn Vargas came in a second later.
Sustituedo came in at third in 2:31.87.
It was sweet revenge for Andrin, who lost to the Palarong Pambansa standout and record-holder in the 1,500m run the other day. Sustied also won the 3,000-meter title earlier.
“Nakabawi ra gyud gihapon ko kay lig-on man kaayo na siya gyud bisan asa pa mi mag abot,” said Andrin.
It was a fine way to end Andrin’s day. She started early, leaving home at dawn to compete in a race in a Northern town. She won an 8K and was hoping to have fatter pockets when she returned but she was mistaken. She hurried back to Cebu City for the Milo Little Olympics but came in late for her 3K event.
“Panginabuhi man gud unta to ako mao nijoin ko sa race. Naapekehan naman hinuon sa pagbalik. ” said Andrin.
Meanwhile, the University of Cebu catapulted to the top and its title-retention bid is beginning to look good.
After the first weekend of competition, with taekwondo, sepak takraw and swimming finished, UC posted 70.5 points. The University of San Carlos -Basic Education Department (USC-BED) is at a close second with 50 points. Antique National High School and St. John Institute-Bacolod shared third place with 17.25.
The UC jins only finished with three gold medals out of the 16 events in taekwondo, but because of the point system being used, their athletes who finished second to third place, still earned points to put them on top.
Kristian Ralph Tagarao was the only gold medal winner for UC in the boys division.
Winning the golds for UC in the girls side were Zozen Prajes and Andrea Lim.
In swimming, the UC secondary girls team took the overall title.
USC, however, took the secondary boys title, as well as the boys and girls titles of the elementary division.
UC’s medal haul in swimming in the second day was still led by Michael Ichiro Kong and Karen Mae Indaya and the entire girls relay team. Kong once more broke records in the Boys 100-meter backstroke. He broke Justin Ong’s record made in 2004, improving it by two seconds in 1:07.03.
Indaya capped her performance with a win in the Girls 800m freestyle, while the relay team won in the 400m medley relay.
Others who won gold medals for UC were Razel Cabajar in the girls 200m fly, Kyle Nemil in the Boys 100m freestyle, the girls 200m freestyle relay team.
In the elementary division, USC’s gold medal rush yesterday was led by Alfe Vespin, who won in the boys 100m breastroke. The boys’ relay team won the 200m freestyle relay.
The swimming dominance of the USC elementary team, including their fifth place finish in sipa, put it on top of the elementary division ranking with 63 points. Negros Occidental’s Talisay South Elementary School is at a distant second with 27.5, while St. John Institute of Bacolod is at third with 25 points.
While USC is lording it over in the elementary division, the secondary division ranking can still be shaken as UC is only ahead by 20 points.
“It will still be an exciting showdown in the final weekend,” said technical director Danilo Villadolid.
UC is expected to rack up points in the four of the six events that it is joining especially in table tennis, badminton and athletics.
But USC is also expected to give a good fight. USC could get more points as it fielded athletes in all events. After the first weekend, USC failed to earn points in taekwondo and sepak takraw.
But it is still expected to earn more points in basketball, volleyball and gymnastics—events that UC has not joined.
UC is currently holding on to dear life hoping to snag an 18th straight title in the annual sporting concalve. And USC is raring to finally wrest it from UC.
Meanwhile, Catmon Integrated School swept the sepak takraw and sipa events. Catmon won the first place in sepak takraw, beating Cabangcalan National High School, 3-1, in the finals at the Labangon Elementary School. Compostela got third place, while Sangat won fourth place.
In sipa, Catmon routed Compostela, 2-0, to win the tile, while Don Vicente Rama Memorial Elementary School beat Sabang Elementary School to finish third.
In volleyball, USC-BED ended its drought against the University of San Jose-Recoletos, 25-19, 25-18, to advance to the semifinal round of the secondary boys tournament at the Sacred Heart School-Jesuit- Ateneo de Cebu gym.
USC-BED has not won a single game against USJ-R.
“For three years that I coached USC-BED, this is our first time to beat USJR. We lost to them in in other tournaments like in the Cesafi, City Olympics and finally we beat them here at the Milo Little Olympics” said Sasing, whose team will face Cabangcalan in the semifinals.
Cabancalan beat Southwestern University (SWU), 25-13, 25-14, while the other semifinal will pit Abellana National School and the winner between Mandaue City Comprehensive National High School and University of Southern Philippines (USPF).
Abellana toppled St. Alphonsus Catholic School,25-7,25-12 and the winner between
In the secondary girls volleyball, SWU eliminated St. Theresa’s College (STC), 28-30, 25-12, while the top contender Pajo National High School won by default.
In tennis, it will be a repeat of last year’s championship match between USC-BED and University of the Visayas (UV) in the secondary boys division, while Bright Academy will face USC-BED for the secondary girls title.
The USC-BED team of Jan Godfrey Seno, Christofer Encarnacion and Lord Mikel and Francis Gener Lambayan beat Iloilo National High School, 2-0.
In the girls side, Bright Academy blanked Sacred Heart School-Hijas, 2-0, and will face USC-BED in the finals. USC-BED beat Sacred Heart School-Ateneo de Cebu, 2-0.
In the elementary division, Danao Central School finally barged into the elementary division finals after beating St. Benedict, 2-1, at the Baseline Recreation Center.
Danao will face Banilad Elementary School, which blanked Argao Elementary School, 2-0, for the girls title.
In the boys division, USC-BED beat Don Bosco, 2-0, and will face the winner between Argao Elementary School and Lahug Elementary School in the finals on Aug. 24. (Jonathan Mansueto, USJ-R Mass Com Intern, Lara Bersabal, SWU Mass comm intern)
Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on August 19, 2013.