City tracksters axe ten golds

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Sunday, February 23, 2014


TAGUM CITY, Davao del Norte - Davao City tracksters lived up to their billing by harvesting a total of 10 gold medals, 10 silvers and three bronzes at the start of the athletics competition of the Southern Mindanao Private Schools Athletic Associaiton (Prisaa) 2014 at the sprawling Davao del Norte and Sports Tourism Complex here as of yesterday presstime.

Arch-rival Davao del Sur was at distant second by clinching two golds, three silvers and three bronzes followed by Davao del Norte in third with two silvers and a bronze.

University of Mindanao varsity scholars Adrian Linao and Marie Cris Caintic led the city's first day medal haul with two golds apiece.

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Graduating Hotel and Restaurant Management graduating student Linao, 23, topped the men's discus throw by registering 34.74 meters. Davao del Norte's Ruel Sumbiray of the University of Mindanao Tagum College (UMTC) got the silver with 33.15m while UM Davao's Ralph Glenn Panes salvaged the bronze with 30.24m.

Linao, who hails from Tugbok, also snatched the shotput gold by heaving the iron ball at a distance of 10.65m. UM Digos entries Ian Cavan (9.31m) and Arvel Librea (9.05m) finished second and third, respectively.
In an interview, Linao admitted he was not at all satisfied with his performance, saying, "Wala ko'y klarong training kay naga OJT naman gud ko, ga thesis pa gyud. Pangit akong record karon, nihinay gyud ko.

Paningkamutan nako makaandam gyud sa isa ka bulan nga nabilin usa mag national, (I didn't have proper training as I was doing on-the-job training and my thesis as well. I had a bad record, it was not my best distance. I'll do my best to catch up with training in the one month that's left before the national championship)," said the second among eight children of Adriano, a vegetable farmer, and Violeta, who vends their products.

Linao will be seeing action in his last National Prisaa Collegiate Games stint on April 6 to 12 here. He hopes to win a double gold to mark a graceful exit as he graduates this summer.

He annexed a discus gold and javelin silver in the Cebu nationals in 2012 then captured a javelin gold and discus silver last year in Pangasinan.

Caintic, for her part, ruled the women's long jump with a record of 5.19m, besting her 4.86m last year. She defeated Lorenza Mainit of UM Digos-Davao del Sur (5.14m) and UM Davao's Langie May Meder (5.12m) of Davao City.

The 19-year-old BS Civil Engineering junior Caintic, a native of Kapatagan, Digos City, doubled her feat by registering 11.10m in women's triple jump. Meder (10.64m) came second while Mainit (10.62m) third.

Caintic, the seventh in a brood of eight, was elated to have surpassed her 2013 records in both jumping events.

"I'm very happy that I improved my records. In triple jump, I only had 10.86m last year. I'm really aiming to win a medal in the upcoming nationals since I only finished fourth in Pangasinan," she said in the vernacular.

UM Davao mainstays Mark Anthony Traya (men's 10K walk) and Sacred Panerio (women's 5K walk) pocketed golds along with April Rose Guiang (women's discus), Panes (men's javelin), Mary Grace Lomigo (women's javelin) and Kesziahqueen Lusica (women's shot put).

Lord John Roilo and Jefrey Mingo of UM Digos seized golds for Davao del Sur. Roilo (13.97m) bested Lester Antepuesto (6.18m) of Davao City and Wowie Almeria (6.12m) of Davao del Norte for the men's long jump gold.

Mingo (13.97m) stamped rivals Arnold Hinaupos (13.94m) of Davao del Norte and Antepuesto (12.51m) of Davao City in men's triple jump finals.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on February 23, 2014.

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