Prince is 6K king

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Sunday, July 20, 2014


WITH the usual frontrunners taking care of their own business in the 12K division, Prince Joy Lee of the University of Cebu (UC) scored an emphatic win to snatch the men’s 6-kilometer title over Kenyan runners in the second edition of Run With Venus yesterday at the Ayala Terraces.

Lee posted a time of 19 minutes 41.470 seconds and bested Kenyans Abraham Missos and Francis Kakui.

In the women’s 6K, Ruffa Sorongan, the winner of women’s 15K in the Dagan na, Sikad na, Tabang Pa last July 6, joined a shorter distance and slipped past Lovely Andrin, a weekend warrior who tops almost every weekend races. Sorongan finished almost 32 seconds of Lovely, whose sister Jean got third place.

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In the women’s 12K, Cebu’s running pride Mary Joy Tabal needed only 45:32 to stamp her class anew in the local races. Tabal won her 11th title for the year, including five from last month alone. She posted a personal best 45:32, an improvement of her previous mark of 47. Keisha Mae Delechos got second place, while Mereeis Ramirez of Dumaguate salvaged third place.

The 12K men’s division was topped by Kenyan Isaac Simat (39:51). John Daryll Manos (40:17) of University of Southern Philippines Foundation (USPF) placed second, while Kenyan James Mebei (40:36) took third place.

In the 3K, Robert Daang (9:57) dashed his way to the title to edge John Cliff Debulosan (10:06), who took second place. while Ronnie Andrin (10:17) rounded up the top three. In the women’s side, 12-year-old Cherry Andrin (12:42) crossed the finish line first over Lynlie Cardenas (12:54) and Michelle Beboso (13:24).

In the alumni categories, Marivic Tan (1:06:55) topped the 12K over Maria Herrera (1:11:47) and Maricel Maniquis (1:13:47); Alora Mae Tambasen (43:55), Arlene Basto (44:33) and Renee Songalia (44:59) got the top three spots in the 6K; and Altheah Dy (18:51), Hannah Trinidad (20:27) and Winnie Dublin (20:51) ruled the 3K division.

Meanwhile, in Angeles City, Cebuano runners Jobert Carolino and Mischelle Gilbuena took advantage of the good weather to win the 21K division of the 38th National Milo Marathon Angeles leg.

Both got P10,000 each, a trophy and a spot in the national finals on Dec. 7.

It was a tight race as Carolino went head-to-head with Crescenciano Sabal and Sherwin Patron. Carolino was behind former champion Sabal for most of the race but picked up pace to win in 1:15:20. Sabal got second in 1:15:35, while Patron got third in 1:22:34.

“Sabal was my toughest rival, I was behind him in the last few kilometers. In the last 500 meters, I gave it my all to beat him,” said Carolino.

Gilbuena struggled throughout the race but still bested challengers Chloe Jane Ong (01:52:00) and Denise Hernandez (01:54:15).PR)

Published in the Sun.Star Cebu newspaper on July 21, 2014.

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