Davao City jumper bags 1st Davraa gold

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Monday, February 10, 2014


TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte -- Davao City's Fernando Jison Jr. captured the first gold medal as athletics action of the ongoing Davao Region Athletic Association (Davraa) Meet 2014 began at the Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex here Monday.

Jison registered 1.71 meters in his second jump, defeating rivals from Digos City and Compostela Valley Province in the secondary boys high jump event. He made the feat in his second jump.

Jison Jr., a third year High school student of Doña Carmen National High School, clinched two gold medals and a silver in the Batang Pinoy Mindanao Qualifying last year but failed to see action in the Bacolod City nationals after the local government unit scrapped its participation in the event.

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"I am more excited now to compete in the Palarong Pambansa. It's been my long-time dream to become a Palaro champion," Jison Jr. said in the vernacular during an interview with Sun.Star Davao.

Head coach Liber Digao, meanwhile, said that he did not expect Jison to win, saying: "He exceeded my expectations! I did not expect it considering that we have no foams during our practice."

In elementary boys high jump, first time Davraa player John Lloyd Jama of Davao Del Sur had 1.44 meters to pocket the gold. Jama didn't have proper training in high jump as his first sport was basketball.

Jama, however, said, "When I was tapped to play high jump, I grabbed the opportunity because my father said that this will help improve my skills."

Davao del Norte also snatched a gold courtesy of Albert Jay Callejo who recorded 6.0 meters in secondary boys long jump event but he failed to defend his high jump title after missing the cut of the finals. Kent Tanduyan of Digos City got the silver and Jonil Macalam copped the bronze.

Reymark Umambac also added to Davao del Norte's first day gold haul by topping the elementary boys discus throw event with 26.06 meters. He prevailed over Christian Jay Via of Digos City (25.12m) and Joseph Kim Macillig of Compostela Valley Province (24.99m) wounded up in the next two spots.

Umambac said he did not expect to win being a beginner. "I have played discus, javelin throw and shot put during the district meet but I finished last. I just prepared and practiced to make my mother Marnily proud of me," Umambac said.

Assistant Coach Antonio Acupan Jr. said that it was a blessing that Umambac won, saying that the latter's dedication and hard work during training paid off. Cecilia Advincula served as the team's coach.

Khessie Jane Baluyot of Digos City, for her part, retained her title in elementary girls discus throw with a distance of 22.37 meters while Davao Del Norte's Edhill Adorable (21.18m) seized the silver and Rutchelyn Sayson (20.24m) salvaged the bronze.

In secondary girls softball, Davao City opened its title-defense with a rousing 11-1 win over Davao Del Sur while while Panabo City edged Mati City, 4-2, at the Energy Park.

Over at the Tagum City Trade Center, the Davao Del Norte sepak takraw team also shared the limelight with a 2-0 victory over Panabo City even as Mati City subdued Davao City, 2-1.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 11, 2014.

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