Davao riders shine in Batang Pinoy 2014

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Friday, January 31, 2014


MAYOR Rody Cycling Team riders Brylle Chavez Cocjin and Jason Caceres of Davao City figured in a one-two finish to clinch the gold and silver medals, respectively, in boys mountain bike event of the Philippine Olympic Committee-Philippine Sports Commission (POC-PSC) Batang Pinoy National Championships cycling competition in Bacolod City Thursday.

Cocjin, a student at Ma-a National High School, clocked a total of 57 minutes and 48:16 seconds while Caceres of Baliok High School registered one hour and two minutes. Bacolod City's Andrew Barredo salvaged the bronze with a time of 1:02:05 in the four-lap 24-kilometer race.

Bacolod bet Maia Yusay, meanwhile, checked in at 36:50:34 to annex the girls MTB gold over Cebu City's Ana Patricia Maximo of Cebu (36:57:06) and Mikaela Paulina Yusay of Bacolod (43:14:66) who settled for the silver and bronze.

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The 15-year-old Cocjin, whose barangay captain Oliva Cal is an avid supporter of the Rody cycling team, made a perfect breakaway attempt at the start of the race, leaving behind 12 riders including teammate Caceres.

PhilCycling deputy secretary general Salvador "Jun" Paholio, Jr., in an e-mail furnished to Sun.Star Davao, said Caceres also showed fine form in outsprinting two riders from Bacolod.

Cocjin, in a phone interview, said: "Kampante ko daan nga ako mag champion. Gibyaan nako sila sayo palang sa lumba. Nalipay ko kay kining akong gold para ni sa tibuok Davao. Dako akong pasalamat kay Coach Jun (Paholio) ug Coach Jojo (Tan) sa ilang suporta (I was confident to win the race. I made a solid lead from the start. I'm very happy ‘coz this gold medal is for Davao. I'm thankful to Coach Jun and Coach Jojo for their support)."

The new Batang Pinoy champion, however, quit in the fourth lap of the road race.

"Sakit na akong tiil. Dili na makaya. Daghan sad kalaban taga Pangasinan, ginaipit ko nila bantug naadto ko sa rough road. Wala nalang nako gihuman, ginainitan man gyud ko nila (My feet were hurting already. I can't bear it anymore. There were too many opponents targeting me especially those from Pangasinan. They were blocking me so I went toward the rough road that's why I decided not to finish at all.)," Cocjin added.

Caceres, for his part, finished sixth in the road race event of the PhilCycling-sanctioned bikefest for 15 years old and below riders.

Paholio and Tan funded the riders' trip to Bacolod as the City Government of Davao cancelled its participation in the Games due to funding constraints.

Paholio added, "Maayo ang gipakita sa mga bata. Proud ko sa ilaha. (The boys did well. I'm proud of them)."

Over at the Masskara Hall 3rd Floor, New Government Center, Ella Grace Moulic of the Holy Cross of Davao College eked out a first round win in girls standard chess event. She outclassed Rica Gabales of Bacolod.

Moulic's teammate, Tahseen Saludsong split the point with Earl Martinez of Bacolod in the boys' side.

Moulic was playing Jesca Docena of Bohol while Saludsong was trading pieces against Valerio Mangubat of Bacolod as of Thursday.

Moulic, who was a rapid gold medalist in the Iloilo Batang Pinoy nationals last year, finished seventh in the same category the other day. She also shared the third to fifth place in the blitz event.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on January 31, 2014.

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