The 2nd Edition of the Milo Little Olympics drew to a close at the Pelaez Stadium in Cagayan De Oro.
NCR also stamped its mark in track events, with sprinter Michelle Palmares and middle-distance runner Vanessa del Valle each completing a hat trick and towing their team to victory in the 4×400-meter relay.
After scoring victories in the 100-meter dash and 100-m hurdles, Palmares completed her treble with a triple-jump triumph, registering the gold-medal clinching 11.7 meters right on her first attempt.
Del Valle, only 15 and expected to join the Sisters of Mary team when she goes to college next year, stamped her class in the 800-m and 1,500-m on opening day and later topped the 3-kilometer race.
Visayas reigned supreme in the three-day event, scoring 568 points with wins in badminton, sepak takraw, table tennis and gymnastics. National Capital Region placed second overall (551.5), followed by host Mindanao (416) and Luzon (354.5).
Mindanao’s Jerwin Ebcas won the century dash in 11.4 seconds but failed to complete a sprint double in the 200-m, losing to NCR’s Justin Rivera. He made up for it by ruling the 400-m run in 51.27 seconds.
“Pinaghandaan ko talaga, kasi sabi niya kahapon lalaban din siya sa 400,” said Ebcas of Rivera, who triumphed in the 200-m dash and finished third in the 400-m.
Palmares and Ebcas were named the Most Oustanding Athletes in track and field. Also topping their events were Mark Jason Alindogan of Angeles University Foundation in boys’ swimming, University of the Visayas’ Jimi Campones and Mindanao’s Regina Maria Junysza Luminario in gymnastics, University of Baguio’s Apriel May Solimen and Keno Anthony Mendoza in taekwondo and University of Cebu’s Jeralyn Taboada and Aljun Penute in badminton.
Felix Libo-on and Justine Urbano of NCR ruled the grade school track competitions, winning five and four gold medals, respectively.