Davao tracksters still short of target

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Wednesday, April 9, 2014


THE Davao Region athletics team was still short of its nine-gold target having hauled a total of five gold medals, three silvers and eights bronzes in the 2014 Private Schools Athletic Association (Prisaa) National Collegiate Games at the Davao del Norte Sports and Tourism Complex in Tagum City, Davao del Norte as of yesterday presstime.

Only relay events were left to be played as of this writing. Davao head coach Harrish Ratag, in a phone interview with Sun.Star Davao, said it would be difficult to reach the target with only few events left in the athletics competition of the annual sportsfest for collegiate athletes.

"Nagkulang gyud sa preparasyon kay halos sa among athletes nabusy gyud kay graduating, walay saktong training (The athletes lacked preparation since most of them who were graduating were too busy and did not have sufficient time for training)," Ratag said.

University of Mindanao's Sonny Wagdos clinched his second gold medal by topping the men's 10,000 meter run with a time of 34 minutes Wednesday.

This came on the heels of besting his rivals to pocket the men's 5,000m gold and breaking the Prisaaa NCG record of the same event Tuesday. The Criminology student, however, settled for silver instead in men's 1,500m.

Langie Mae Meder also captured a gold by outrunning her rivals in women's 200m dash. She made the feat following a silver finish in 100m and a bronze performance in women's 400m. Meder also helped the region salvage the women's 4X400m bronze with teammates Meezel Cabreros, Mary Grace Lonigo and Suzette Jumawan.

Adrian Linao copped the men's javelin throw bronze after bagging a bronze in men's discus throw and shot put.

The region's other gold winners were Ethel Rose Guiang and Maricris Caintic. Guiang heaved the iron ball at a distance of 34.07 meters to stamp her women's discus throw rivals while Caintic seized the women's triple jump title with 11.69 meters. Caintic took the bronze in long jump.

Brokenshire College's Criselyn Jaro finished third in women's 3,000m to grab the bronze and got the 5,000m silver.

Mark Anthony Traya gave Davao a bronze in men's 10,000m walk while Jefrey Mingo was also good for bronze in men's 100m hurdles.

Over at the Volleydrome, Davao Region pair of Shania Verana and Marie John Villanueva spanked Central Visayas, 21-10, 21-8 to snatch the High School girls beach volleyball gold while fellow Nathaniel Napao High School teammate Lea Buates accounted for a taekwondo gold.

Published in the Sun.Star Davao newspaper on April 10, 2014.

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