THE PINAY PRINCESS OF THE TRACKS


Princess Joy Griffey with a Personal Best of 11.58 is the second fastest Filipina of All Time

Perhaps the best chance for the Fil Foreign athletics team is Princess Joy Griffey of Washington State University. The speedy Filipina was born in Bacolod in 1987 and spent her child hood in Paglaum Village nearby aswell as many other villages, she is a second generation sprinter. Her mother Leah Nolido was a 12.3et 100m runner (ran 11.9ht) and represented the Philippines in the Asian Youth and ASEAN School Games. Nolido used to run against Lydia De Vega Mercado.

23 year old Griffey who stands at 5’4, unofficially holds the Philippine Junior Record having recorded 11.75s as a 17 year old at the US Junior Olympics in 2004 and placed 3rd! (which is faster than the 11.76s time recorded by Lydia at the Asian Games 1982 in New Delhi). Princess Joy is second on the all time list behind Lydia with a personal best of 11.58 seconds. She is currently the fastest Filipina in the world with an 11.65 second run in 2010. She consistently runs sub 12 seconds electronic for the 100m, and never has a time in the 12 second range. Her 200m is 24.00 officially but she has ran a wind aided 23.90 and also timed 55.96 for the 400m.

Griffey is intending to race at the Philippine National Open this year and the grand prix series in a build up to SEA Games. Her times in the 100 and 200 from last season would see her place silver and bronze in those events behind Vu Thi Thuong of Vietnam (the 2005, 2007, 2009 100m Champion at SEA Games). She is a vital cog for the Womens 4×100 and 4×400 team at SEA Games having split 53.5 in a 4×4 relay before.

For Philippine Athletics her presence is sure to help give a wakeup call to womens track and field in Philippine Track and Field with the last athlete to win a medal at the SEA Games in the 100 was a bronze from the now retired Lerma Buluitan Gabito (specialist long jumper).

I caught up with Princess Joy Griffey on Facebook, the down to earth sprinter is very passionate about the sport and very proud to be part of a great sporting legacy.

PA: Can you tell us a little bit about your school Washington State and
what your studying and perhaps your plans after you graduate?

PJ: Washington State University is located in Pullman, WA. Its a really small town and its mostly farm lands. I majored in Criminal Justice and minored in Political Science and Sociology. I took up Criminal Justice because I enjoy reading about laws and criminal theories and etc. After I graduate I want to work for the federal government but I want to run for the Philippines first.

PA: How often do you compete and when is the competitive season in the US? Tell us about indoor track as we do not have this in the
Philippines?

PJ: start competing from January to June. Indoor tracks are somewhat difficult to run on. Some tracks can only be 200m long, either flat or banked. Some are 300m long and only flat. One bad thing is that long distance runs feels like forever. But the good things are: I would race 60m only instead of 100m and its inside so there is no complaining about the weather..

PA: Could you tell us about how a typical training week would go?

PJ: I have a new training program after I left college. I would usually run 6 times a week and lift 3 times a week. Monday, Wednesday, and Saturday are mostly long sprint run and some days are short sprints. Tuesdays and Fridays are like my recovery runs. Right now its difficult because my coach is in California and I’m in Washington but its not a problem. The only thing is to work on my technique. .

PA: Next question I guess is in regards to nutrition and recovery Do you have a special diet? or do you just eat whatever? do you take supplements? if so which ones?

PJ: Well…I eat a lot of rice. haha. I actually eat whatever that is healthy. I don’t really have a special diet, like a routine. I take vitamins and usually drink chocolate milk after workouts. On weekends I try to get junked foods..

PA: By Chocolate milk do you mean whey protein?

PJ: No chocolate milk. I don’t drink Whey Protein

PA: Lol

PJ: lol i used to drink this gatorade recovery drinks and it had the same stuff as chocolate milkin our weightroom they give us chocolate milk.

PA: I heard you are very fond of Filipino food in particular Lumpia?

PJ: lol yeah. I go crazy for them. I like Puchero.

PA: I guess you will feel right at home in the Philippines then.

PJ: yep

PA: Ok next these are the questions from Yell Carreon the Pinoy Miler himself which he gave me to ask.

PJ: ok

PA: Among your medals so far, what’s the one closest to your heart?

PJ: ok hmmm that one is difficult.

(PAUSE)

PJ: I think my first state championship medal in High School. I was only a sphomore competting with seniors. That win told me I could be good and hopefully take it to the next level..

PA: Who are your greatest influence in Athletics?

PJ: Gail Devers.

PA: What prompted you to take up the sports?

PJ: When I saw the 1996 Olympics and when my teacher in elementary school asked me to run for the school. Also, I think it was in my blood. My mom ran for the Philippines and i want to follow in her footsteps.

PA: What’s your personal goal as far as athletics is concerned? It can be a PR mark, medal or title.

PJ: Hopefully win a Philippine National championship and place at SEA Games.

PA: Ok PJ thanks very much for your time and all the best in your leadup to the National Open. Maybe the team of pinoymiler will catch up with you then.

Ladies and gentlemen Princess Joy Griffey!

Both photos credited to Princess Joy Griffey

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12 Responses to THE PINAY PRINCESS OF THE TRACKS

  1. mark barredo nolido says:

    wow!my cousin was the second most fastest filipina…..

  2. Lydiafan says:

    I think you might want to check Elma’s best clocking in 100m dash. I know it was 11.67secs in manila Sea Games unless it was not ratified for some reason (eg windaided). I thought I was wrong but it is listed in other sites that she really clocked 11.67s in 100m against the silver medalist Shanti. I saw that competition live. This was also the Games where she set 13.66 secs in 100m hurdles which was eventually broken by a Dela Salle hurdler by .01 secs. One fantastic thing about Elma is that she is a locally trained athlete with mindset and the spirit of a world class champion like Gale Devers. Imagine running 100m in 11.67, 200m in 24.00sec, LJ in 6.52, a respectable heptathlete in SEA Games, a 100m hurdler with a best of 13.66s, a 400mh with a best of 57s+ and most of the time competing in these so many events in SEA and winning, these apart from running the 2 relays . I have a feeling like Lydia, an athlete like Elma will hard to come along. Elma as a 16yo girl won the SEA Games LJ in 1983 w 6.06m. My wish is that one of the present young athletes, maybe Dato-on, Shrijvers, Loquinto or the young UE girl under Elma’s training will step forward soon and take the throne left by Lydia and Elma. Or a male version this time of Elma (maybe Jesson Cid).

    • pirieandrew says:

      That 11.67 is wind aided. it had like more than 2m of wind per second which is above the limit for recognizable performances. Cid has the potentiol to be a great athlete, and Schrivjers has started off ok. However if your looking at the sprints Griffey is the real deal.

  3. Lydiafan says:

    Indeed the Philippine women’s athletics need a wake up call! Great that finally someone says this! I am exhausted seeing 100m for women won in 12 sec range. The century dash is always a great attraction in an athletics event since athletes running unusually fast is like watching a circus act. The best I’ve seen was the battle for a seat in 100m dash 1991 SEA games contested by Lydia, Elma and Rhoda Sinoro in a time trial in Rizal. Lydia won the the 100m with Elma coming in 2nd barely beating Sinoro all below 11.8secs. One of the fastest filipina sprints I’ve seen. Lydia went on to win the 100 in SEA Games w 11.44 in lane 8, Shanti diving for a sliver w 11.64s and Elma placing third w 11.67secs side by side racing w the Malaysian in mid lanes. A fantastic race in Rizal.

    • pirieandrew says:

      Lydiafan there is also another Filam Saraina Hedgepeth who has a pb of 11.93. We are endevouring to get her to the national open aswell to provide some good competition for Griffey.
      For your analysis here is a list below of the Filipinas who have broken 12 in eletronic timing.

      11.28 Lydia De Vega-Mercardo 26/12/64 1f Jakarta SEA Games 16/09/1987 NR

      11.58 1.4 Princess Joy Griffey 11/3/1987 4f Washington, USA. PAC 10 2009 Dual Citizen/US

      11.61 1.4 Lerma Buluitan-Gabito 17/10/1974 3f Manila Asian Grand Prix 26/5/2002

      11.73 Rhoda Sinoro-Camanto 68 Manila National Open 21/5/1994

      11.74 Elma Muros-Posadas 14/1/1967 Manila 1997

      11.88 Elena Ganosa 28/12/59 3sf2 Jakarta SEA Games 16/9/87

      11.93 Mona Coco Sulaiman 9/6/1942 Marikina 1962

      11.93 1.3 Saraina Hedgepeth 28/3/1991 1f Moorpark, US Ventura Country Champs 1/5/2009 Dual Citizen/US

  4. Lydiafan says:

    Correction: Oh I misread your article I thought you meant lydia run 11.58secs. Sorry. Neverthless nice article on Griffey and looking forward to see her run.

  5. Lydiafan says:

    Lydia’s best time is 11.28 secs in 100m recorded in 1987 and not 11.58secs. It will be so welcome to have Griffey around and maybe she can also conduct a small clinic (training sessions) with our homegrown female sprinters, give an insight to her training regimen and motivate so many of our young talented locals ( the phils hasnt competed decently for a long time in4x100 relay). Welcome home Griffey!

    • pirieandrew says:

      i have spoken to Griffey about this aswell and some of the local sprinters and they are very keen to meet and learn from her.

      • Lapulapu says:

        Griffey could have her track career’s last hurray at the Jakarta SEAG 2011. She maybe able to run 11.4 at 100 as she is in her twilight prime, Study shows women sprinters mature at age 23-25.

      • pirieandrew says:

        your opinion is respected only time really knows the answer to your statement. in regards to peak age 23-25, i dont believe that is entirely accurate its more the age at which a woman decides to have a child which determines the decline or end of a sporting career. PJ could potentiolly have a couple more sea games left. And i think by 2013 at age 26 is when you will see her peak. One thing i can tell you is to enjoy it while it lasts the Philippines is ‘unlikely’ to get a nother female sprinter contending for sea games medals for a ‘very’ long time.

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