The 16th University Games of the Philippines were held October 22-29 in Roxas City, in the province of Capiz, which is part of the Western Visayan islands of the Philippines.
Arguably one of the largest turns out for a national games, some very sub-standard officiating was reported by the athletes (local officials, not PATAFA officials). The stand out performers La Salle’s Patrick Unso and Alexandra Morrica Smith, FEU’s Jesson Ramil Cid and Hanelyn Loquinto, and ADMU Carlo Soriano.
Patrick Unso one of the two sons of National 400m Hurdle Record Holder Renato Unso, rapidly shaping up to be one of the best 110 hurdlers the Philippines has ever produced. The 19 year old Unso unofficially recorded 14.4s, which equal with the best hand time mark of Marcelo Benauro (set in Marikina way back in 1973). Unso has a good chance of one day breaking the national record of Alonzo Jardin which stands at 14.75 (fully auto timing).
Unso team mate Morrica Smith recorded a leap of 2.87m (for more information please read Pulverised Pole Vault Records article).
Jesson Ramil Cid better known as a decathlete took the 200m and 400m Hurdles double in a time of 21.7 seconds. In a blanket finish Cid edged out team mate Jhonrey Bhardos and UAAP Champion Carlo Soriano. Cid also emerged the meets fastest man in the quarter mile.
Hanelyn Loquinto meanwhile ran a tidy 12.0s in the 100m and 25.4s in the 200m to easily gap her opponents.
Photo by Joey Ming Lao
Meanwhile Carlo Soriano continued his fine form to overwhelmed his NCAA counterpart Daniel Noval in a smart 10.6s to take the crown in the century dash.
Photo by Kevin Gepaya Photography
In the women’s 100m Hurdles a very close finish saw home grown favourite Jaycel Casabuenca (the National Junior Champion) marginally edge out the fast finishing Thea Santos of Ateneo, with UAAP Champion Vienna Mae Banebane 3rd and Palaro Champion Michelle Palmares of UST 4th. A very interesting race as Casabuenca, Santos and Palmares are all born in 1993 and with Costan of UST who didn’t run around the same time it will be a very interesting National Junior 100m Hurdles with the possibility of a push towards a sub 15 second win.
Photo by Kevin Gepaya Photography
In the womens Triple Jump Felyn Dolloso of La Salle showed a gradual return to form with a 12m jump. The best shape she has been in since the 2010 Palarong Pambansa.
*Photo credits to Kevin Gepaya Photography
Partial Results Kindly Compiled by Jad Adrian Washif and Andrew Pirie (awaiting full results to be provided)
(25) 100m: 1, Carlos Xavier Soriano, 10.6; 2, Daniel Noval, 10.7; 2, Alzona Abraham, 10.8; 4, Jerwen Ebcas 11.0; 5, Jose Renato Unso (times of 4th – 5th place not verified)
(26) 200m: 1, Jesson Ramil Cid, 21.7; 2, Jhonrey Bhardos, 21.7; 3, Carlos Xavier Soriano, 21.8;
(26) 400m: 1, Christopher Demata, 48.xx; 2, Abraham Alzona 49.xx; 3. Jesson Ramil Cid 49.xx; (times unverified)
(25) 800m: 1, John Paul Billiones, 1:56.0; 2, Wanlie Maulus, 1:56.7; 3, J.P Azcueta, 1:57.1; 4, Michael Tan Constantino, 1:59.2;
(26) 3000m: 1, Roger Denolo, 9:44.0;
(25) 5000m: 1, Rafael Piliquit Jr, 15:45.4; 2, Roger Denolo, 16:03.8; 3, Richards Salano, 16:20.6;
(26) 110mh (unconfirmed irregularity): 1, Patrick Sacro Unso, 14.4 =NR*;
note: -Patrick Unso’s time 14.4 is equaled the 38-year-old National Record (14.4) set by Marcelo Benauro in Marikina in 1973, only IF that to be ratified by the PATAFA-
(26) HJ: 1, Andrew Wilson, 1.90;
(25) LJ: 1, Marvin Cupenario, 6.80;
(26) TJ: 1, Gerald Laymus, 14.22;
(25) SP: 1, Al Bugarin, 13.30; 2, Rose Lauirence, 12.76;
(26) DT: 1, Jerby Deriada, 38.04; 2, Ernie Sabidura, 37.41; 3, Oscar Pasia, 37.38;
(25) 100m: 1, Hanelyn Loquinto, 12.0; 2, Luville Dato-on, 12.4; 3, Mildred Salut, 12.5; 4, Michelle Palmares, 12.6; note: doubtful positions & times for 3rd & 4th places; 5, Klarizze Posadas
(26) 200m: 1, Hanelyn Loquinto, 25.4; 2, Keizel Pedrina, 25.9; 3, Luville Dato-on, 26.0;
(26) 400m: 1, Josie Malacad, 59.1; 2, Keizel Pedrina, 60.3; 3, Arezel Baclas, 60.5;
(25) 800m: 1, Josie Malacad, 2:19.6; 2, Jilia Dela Rosa, 2:19.0; 3, Michelle Villas, 2:20.1;
(26) 3000m: 1, Darlyn Carmen, 10:54.2; 2, Jerlyn Bornales, 10:55.4; 3, Lila Dela Rosa, 11:22.2;
(25) 5000m: 1, Villeza Aida, 18:42.2; 2, Nancy Pilaro, 19:10.1; 3, Janelyn Sudilla, 19:35.1;
(25) 100mh: 1, Jaycel Casabuenca 15.4, 2, Thea Santos 15.4, 3, Viera Mae Banebane, 15.5; 4, Michelle Palmares 15.6;
(26) PV: 1, Alexandra Morrica Smith, 2.87 NJR*;
(26) HJ: 1, Aprilyn Landencia, 1.60; 2, Chariot Bajuyo, 1.60; 3, Thea Santos, 1.55;
(26) TJ: 1, Felyn Dolloso, 12.00;
(25) SP: 1, Lei An Tan, 9.56;
(26) DT: 1, Maike de Oro, 38.42; 2, Aiza Rosero, 31.07; 3, Jessa Mae Fernadez, 30.53;
*Records pending for ratification.
Rick Olivares, Andrew Pirie
Balita.ph & UsaNewsLasVegas (local newspapers)