PNG Day 2 Results (AM session)


The morning session of the PNG Athletics Day 2 saw the veterans ruling over the upcoming athletes.

Jho Ann Banayag (Laguna) easily won the women’s 10,000m with a time of 37:36.27.

2009 SEA Games gold medalist Rosie Villarito won the women’s Javelin with a heave of 48.42m.  2011 SEA Games heptathlon silver medalist Narcisa Atienza settled for silver with 42.86m

Henry Dagmil (Laguna) crowned himself with the title fastest Pinoy when he won the 100m dash with a decent 10.88s.  Former college star Romnick Herida (PAF-Hypersports) settled for silver with a time of 11.02s.  Pinoymiler’s blog contributor Andrew Pirie finished 6th with a time  of 11.57s.

Over at the girl’s 100m, former Palarong Pambansa star, Jenny Rose Rosales pipped Maureen Shrijvers with a time of 12.60s and 12.68s respectively.

2011 SEA Games long jump bronze medalist Katherine Santos (Baguio) won the womens 100m  title with a time of 12.17s to go with the triple jump crown she later won with a 12.62m effort.

2011  SEA Games 800m silver medalist Mervin Guarte (Laguna) quelched the challenge offered by Wenlie Maulas and JordanPaul Billiones, both of the  PAF-Hypersports.  The trio timed in 1:52.19, 1:52.92 (PB) and 1:53.78 (PB) respectively.

2005 SEA Games bronze medalist Emerson Obiena (PAF – Hypersports) won the Mens Pole vault with a mark of 4.10m.  Antonio Chee Jr of Hua Liong setteld for silver with a PB of 4.00m.

Over at the 4x100m relays, Hypersports quartet of Rosales, Michelle Loterte, Neslee Angco and Shrijvers easily qualified for the finals with a decent 49.39s mark.











PNG Day 1 Pictures – Part 2

Philippine National Games: Day 1 Pictures



Photos: Ed Karell Gamboa for Pinoymiler: All rights reserved

PNG Day 1 Results

The 2012 Philippine National Games – Athletics went underway yesterday, May 28 at Dumaguete City yielding both expected and unexpected results.

National team mainstays Narcisa Atienza-  womens shotput and women’s high jump (Laguna), Eliezer Sunang – Mens shotput (Baguio City), Riezel Buenaventura – Womens Pole vault (Hypersports) stomped their class over the field by winning the gold medals in their respective events,  with the highlight of the day being the New Philippine record of Loralie Sermona at the Women’s hammer Throw of 50.03m.

On the other hand, some national athletes tasted bitter defeat at the hands of either junior athletes or co-veterans.  PH record holder over 3k, 5k, 10k and marathon, Eduardo Buenavista, setteld for 3rd place in the Mens 10,000m.  Former National athlete Julius Sermona (Hyperforce) ruled said event with a slow 31:09.44 with Kenyan Joseph Too, finishing 5 seconds behind.

Joebert Delicano of PAF- Hypersports settled for a silver medal finish (15.18m) at his staple event, the triple jump.   CCU’s Kai-Hsiang Chen topped the event, with a jump of 15.43m.

A couple of college stars topped their respective events:

Patrick Ma Unso (TMS) ruled the 110m hurdles (14.65s), Michelle Loterte  (Hypersports) won the Womens 100m hurdles 15.18s.

Keizel Pedrina of Hypersports topped the Women’s 400m with a 56.88s.  making her the fastest woman in said event this 2012.

Archand Christian Bagsit confirmed his supremacy over the 400m with a golden performance of 48.50s.

Meanwhile,  Maureen Shrijvers and Jenny Rose Rosales both of Hypersports topped their respective heats at the Women’s 100m semis.

National team mainstay Henry Dagmil of Laguna (10.98s) and former college star Romnick Herida of PAF-Hypersports (11.06) topped their  heats over at the Mens 100m.  The two later topped their respective Semis as well with a time of 10.95s and 11.13s respectively.

Double SEA games silver medalist Mervin Guarte (Laguna) easily topped his Semis heats at the Men’s 800m with a time of 1:53.72, leaving behind Wenlie Maulas (PAF-Hypersports) 3 seconds back, who obviously was reserving his best for the finals on Day 2.  Jordan Paul Billiones (PAF- Hypersports) topped the other semis with a relaxed time of 1:56.59

Attached is the full results of Day 1 Athletics Competition.

Photos will be published in a separate article.


Special thanks to Pinoymiler correspondent Ed Karell Gamboa for providing the results

PNG Day 1 pictures – part 1

Philippine National Games:  DAY 1 Pictures

Photos: Ed Karell Gamboa for Pinoymiler: All rights reserved



Phil Nat Games in Review Sprints

by: Andrew Pirie

Philippine National Games: Sprints

Girls Sprints

The outright favourite in the 100 (12.33et) and 200 (25.34et) will be Hyper Sports Jennyrose Rosales the 18 year old who is coached by athletic legend Elma Muros won the sprint treble at the UAAP. Rosales will not compete in the 400 this time as she is conserving her energy for the Asian Juniors on June 7 in Colombo, Sri Lanka. Perhaps Rosales key opponent will be National High School Champion Maureen Emily Schrivjers of TMS (12.4ht) and (25.6ht) who won the Girls 200m last year at this event. Eloisa Luzon of Northern Mindanao who was runnerup to Schrivjers this year at the Palaro (12.5ht) is likely to have the third spot on the podium. Batang Pinoy Champion 14 year old Mary Anthony Diesto who won the PNG last year against a weak field in 13.06et is not likely to feature in the medals this year after finishing sixth at the Palaro.

Rosales will be the one to beat in the Girls 100-200m Dash

With Rosales opting out of the quarter mile the race favourite Avejil Baclas from Capiz (58.5ht), Baclas finished second last year at the National Games and at the PRISAA. Challenging Baclas will be Palaro Champion Neslee Angco of Bohol (58.9ht) and Jelyn Lancita (58.7ht) who was runner up a the Palaro.

Boys Sprints

For NCAA Champion Daniel Noval its all about having enough momentum to carry through to a National Junior Record on his way to the Asian Juniors. Noval time of 10.84 during the NCAA was .02 off the Mark of Ralph Soguilon. Despite the fact last years champion Romnick Nor is injured, Noval will be pushed all the way to the line by 18 year old Pearnel Lobos. Lobos is the son of two former national athletess. He registered 10.7 at the HyperSport time trials two weeks ago. Noval and Lobos are also expected to go 1-2 in the Boys 200m. With slow winning times in the Palaro of 11.1, 23.2, and 51.5. It is not likely any of the countries top high schoolers will be able to keep pace with these two.


Womens Sprints

After very disappointing entries last year in the 100-200 with only 4 in each event the fields are looking a lot greener this year. Leading the line up is Princess Joy Griffey the second fastest women of all time in both events (11.58 and 24.00). Griffey is very unlikely to be challenged. In the 100m National Champion from last year Kat Santos, and filam Leah Apelar who has been running consistently in the NCAA in California will fill the minor medals. Apelar also has strong chances in the 200 (with a PB of 24.93) has been running consistent 25.2-25.3 with a breakthrough likely to follow through from a taper.

The Womens 400m will see training partners Keizel Pedrina the National Champion who recently improved her best time to 56.6 being pushed all the way to the line by Hypersport team mate Lorna Olarita the PRISAA Champion and last years junior champion (57.5 without blocks), likely sweep gold and silver with the other medal going to Josie Malacad.


Mens Sprints

A strong field of local sprinters will face a stern challenge from Malaysian sprinters. With last years top two and Hyper-Force team mates Romnick Herida and Andrew Pirie, joined by 2010 National Champion Henry Dagmil of Laguna and UAAP Bronze Medalist Jasper Tanhueco of TMS.

The Mens 200m will prove to be even more of a thrilling local affair with Herida and Pirie up against last years champion Isidro Del Prado Jr. of Run4change, Archand Bagsit of Laguna , and Julius Nierrras of Hyperforce.

A very inform sea games silver medalist Bagsit will be the over whelming favorite in the mens 400m. Bagsit having recently ran 47.44et during round 2 of the Asian Grand Prix bumped himself upto #6 on the Filipino Mens All-time list.  Perhaps challenging for the minor medals will be Bagsit’s gold winning team mates in the last sea games 4×4. Edgardo Alejan, Junrey Bano and Julius Nierras. With an outside challenge coming from Christopher Rey Demata and Isidro Del Prado Jr. challenging for spots in the quartet.

Evaluation time

I have always believed that all National Sports Associations (NSAs), including PATAFA, should be run and managed like a multi- national corporation, where high standards and performance evaluation matter.

From the CEO, to the VPs, Senior and Junior Managers, down to the lowliest rank and file staff, they are all evaluated annualy, sometimes semi annual or even monthly by their superiors.  The objective of course, is to reinforce the good things that they are doing, and address the not so good things they are doing.  More importantly, to re align the staff with the company’s strategies and goals for a particular period, if they are trending not to hit their objectives.

The purpose and main aim of  the process, is to help the company hit its targets for that period.

Said evaluation’s results will be the basis for promotion, citation and/or salary increase of the staff.

Non performing staff, on the other hand, were given failing marks and/or given recovery plans.

But if CEOs, VPs and staff  get failing marks for consecutive years, they are shown the way out ,following the process outlined by the company’s code of ethics of course.

This, I believe, should be implemented as well in PATAFA.

From the President, to the coaches and officials, and even to the back office staff: accountants, admin, PR, should be given evaluation periodically.  Of course, athletes are not exempted here.

This article, would like to focus however, on the evaluation of the coaches.


One way of evaluating the coaches is to take into consideration, the number of medals their athletes won in a given period.  To simplify things, lets just use the SEA Games performance as our gauge.

The 2011 SEA Games Athletics Delegation of the Philippines with PSC Chairman Richie Garcia

For the last three (3) SEA Games, the Philippines collected the following medals in athletics:

2007: 5-7-9 (gold-silver-bronze tally), 19 athletes

2009: 7-3-4, 12 athletes

2011: 2-9-5, 14 athletes

My suggestion for PATAFA is to evaluate the coaches of the athletes who were not able to deliver any medals for the last 3 SEA Games. Retain those who were bringing the medals consistently, and boot out those who haven’t produced even a single medal.

Note: The 2 golds at the 2011 SEA Games maybe upgraded to 3 pending the official results of the doping test of the Malaysian team.

Part of the 2007 SEA Games PATAFA delegation during the opening ceremonies

Below are the medalists in athletics from 2007 to 2011.

2007 SEA Games
1 Julius Nierras Men’s 400m 46.56s
2 Rene Herrera Men’s 3,000m steeplechase 8:54.21
3 Henry Dagmil Men’s Long Jump 7.87m
4 Arniel Ferrera Men’s Hammer Throw 60.98m
5 Marestella Torres Women’s Long Jump 6.31m
1 Midel Dique Men’s 800m 1:52.72
2 Julius Sermona Men’s 5000m 14:19.20
3 Julius Sermona Men’s 10,000m 31:16.75
4 Danilo Fresnido Men’s Javelin Throw 68.14m
5 Mary Grace Milgar Women’s 400m hurldes 59.07
6 Deborah Samson Women’s Pole Vault 3.90m
7 Rosie Villarito Women’s Javelin Throw 50.49m
1 Mens Relay Team 4x400m 3:08.53
2 Eduardo Buenavista Men’s Marathon 2:27.21
3 Jobert Delicano Men’s Triple Jump 16.07m
4 Emerson Obiena Men’s Pole Vault 4.70m
5 Eliezer Sunang Men’s Shotput 15.62m
6 Arnold Villarube Decathlon 6713 pts
7 Mercedita Manipol Women’s 10,000m 35:05.57
8 Jho Ann Banayag Women’s Marathon 2:44:41
9 Narcisa Atienza Hepthathlon 5093 pts
2009 SEA Games
1 Rene Herrera Men’s 3,000m steeplechase 9:11.20
2 Eduardo Buenavista Men’s Marathon 2:21:10
3 Arniel Ferrera Men’s Hammer Throw 61.62m
4 Danilo Fresnido Men’s Javelin Throw 72.93m
5 Jho Ann Banayag Women’s Marathon 2:46:34
6 Marestella Torres Women’s Long Jump 6.68m
7 Rosie Villarito Women’s Javelin Throw 49.69m
1 Jobert Delicano Men’s Long Jump 7.74m
2 Mercedita Fetalvero Women’s 10,000m 36:15.66
3 Narcisa Atienza Heptathlon 5,167 pts
1 Julius Sermona Men’s 5000m 14:59.85
2 Henry Dagmil Men’s Long Jump 7.72m
3 Jobert Delicano Men’s Triple Jump 16.12m
4 Mercedita Fetalvero Women’s 5,000m 17:12.09
2011 SEA Games
1 Rene Herrera Men’s 3,000m steeplechase 8:52.23
2 Marestella Torres Women’s Long Jump 6.71m
1 Archand Christian Bagsit Men’s 400m 47.71
2 Mervin Guarte Men’s 800m 1:50.69
3 Mervin Guarte Men’s 1,500m 3:47.65
4 Mens Relay Team Men’s 4x400m 3:11.16
5 Eric Panique Men’s Marathon 2:28.26
6 Henry Dagmil Men’s Long Jump 7.78m
7 Arniel Ferrera Women’s Hammer Throw 60.19m
8 Rosie Villarito Women’s Javelin Throw 47.35m
9 Narcisa Atienza Heptathlon 5,285 pts
1 Eduardo Buenavista Men’s Marathon 2:29:09
2 Benigno Marayag Men’s Long Jump 7.61m
3 Danilo Fresnido Men’s Javelin Throw 66.27m
4 Katherine Kay Santos Women’s Long Jump 6.25m
5 Loralie Sermona Women’s Hammer Throw 49.69m


Another way of evaluating the coaches is to check the progression of the athletes under their watch.  PATAFA has to take note of the mark of the athletes at the point where they were taken in, and compare that on a yearly basis.  Example: if a national athlete were taken in 2 years ago with a time of 58s in the womens 400m, but after two years, her time only progressed to 57s, then the coach have a problem, granting that there were no injuries on the part of the athlete.


But I think the best way to evaluate coaches is to put a scoring system for coaches all through out the season.  PATAFA should design a scoring table wherein coaches will earn points depending on the placing of their wards.  Points can be higher during national meets versus regional and club meets.   Bonus points will be given if his atheltes will win international medals and/or achieve Olympic standards.

 Whatever the evaluation system is, the  important thing is that, there’s a periodic review and evaluation of the coaches. Because if there’s no accountability from them, then our progress as an athletics nation, will be forever hampered.

Geb wins Manchester Run

Haile at the 2000 Sydney Olympics

Two time 10,000m Olympic Champion Haile Gebrselassie won the 10k Great Manchester Run with a time of 27min  29sec last May 20, the fastest 10k road this year.

The 39-year-old Ethiopian surprised his younger compatriots: Tsegae Kebede and Ayele Abshero, thus winning his fourth title in a row.

The ageless Haile will run another 10k at Hengelo, Holland, next Sunday in a race which will also serve as the Ethiopian trials, with the top three set to be selected for the London Olympics.

Geb already missed out the Marathon team by finishing fourth in February’s Tokyo Marathon with a time of 2:08.17.

Below is the 2012 Toplist for 10k as of May 23, 2012:

Mark    Athlete    Nation    DOB    Pos    Venue    Date   
27:39 Haile Gebrselassie  ETH 18/04/1973 1 Manchester 20/05/2012
27:47 Kenenisa Bekele  ETH 13/06/1982 1 Dublin 15/04/2012
27:50 Philip Yego  KEN 1979 1 Brunssum 01/04/2012
27:53 Jacob Korir Cheshari  KEN 1989 + Den Haag 11/03/2012
27:53 Stephen Kipkosgei Kibet  KEN 09/11/1986 + Den Haag 11/03/2012
27:53 Geoffrey Kipsang  KEN 28/11/1992 + Den Haag 11/03/2012
27:53 Jonathan Kiplimo Maiyo  KEN 1988 + Den Haag 11/03/2012
27:53 Mosinet Geremew  ETH 12/02/1992 1 Paderborn 07/04/2012
27:54 Andualem Belay  ETH 05/04/1992 + Den Haag 11/03/2012
27:54 Merkebu Birke  ETH 1988 + Den Haag 11/03/2012
27:54 Victor Kipchirchir  KEN 1986 + Den Haag 11/03/2012
27:54 Bernard Kiprop Koech  KEN 31/01/1988 + Den Haag 11/03/2012
27:54 Yigrem Demelash  ETH 26/01/1994 2 Paderborn 07/04/2012
27:55 Kenneth Kiprop Kipkemoi  KEN 02/08/1984 + Den Haag 11/03/2012
27:56 Ahmed Baday  MAR 1974 1 Taroudant 11/03/2012
27:56 Ayele Abshero  ETH 28/12/1990 2 Manchester 20/05/2012
27:56 Tsegay Kebede  ETH 15/01/1987 3 Manchester 20/05/2012
27:57 Simon Cheprot  KEN 2 Taroudant 11/03/2012
27:57 David Kipketer Kosgei  KEN 3 Paderborn 07/04/2012
27:59 Alfred Kipserem Cherop  KEN 02/03/1986 2 Brunssum 01/04/2012



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