Traditionally the side dish to the UAAP. The NCAA is showing a much superior level of debt to its main dish. The male only competition will feature three sea games medallists and several upcoming members of the training pool. The action kicks off at Pasig February 27 to March 1. In conjunction for this year as the UAAP they will be using electronic timing.
Noval (Green of Benilde) and Bagsit (Blue of Letran) forced to wait as the 100m Final delayed an hour. Noval went on to win the final.
Defending Champion Daniel Noval is a young sprinter who continues to climb through the ranks of Philippine Track and Field. The 19 year old from CSB originally from Cebu was trained for a while by National Record Holder Ralph Waldy Soguilon. Daniel has won milo little Olympics, two palaro titles (including tying the national high school record), the PICAM and last years NCAA.
As of recently he finished runner up to UAAP Champion at the University Games in the 100m at Capiz. However he was disqualified from the 200m due to a false start. At last years NCAA the final was delayed for over an hour causing stuff ups to athletes warm ups. It has then the young rookie Noval held off his much older opponents to win the title. For Noval the National Junior title in the 100 and 200 is sounding really good right now.
Looking through the entire field of the NCAA for the 100m there is a heap lot more depth than the UAAP. John Bulitao (10.6 hand, 3rd NCAA last year) of UPHR is team mate Philip Silloco (10.8 hand, 2nd Weekly Relay Finals), CSB Orlando Ocampo (10.8 hand), Peter Padal (10.7 hand, PRISAA Champion) of JRU, Archand Christian Bagsit (10.6 hand, 2nd NCAA last year) of Letran, Jeromy Noarin (10.8 hand), of SBC, Abdul Rahman Apues (10.8 hand) SSC, and Nino Espinosa (10.8 hand) of Mapua.
If any challenge is to come for Noval it will be from Bagsit of Letran. Who will be relying on his much improved top end speed to chase down Noval in the dying stages of the race. Bagsit the fastest Filipino last year over 200-400m won both titles at the NCAA in 21.4 and 48.3 (hand timed) which were both coincidently NCAA records. Bagsit who has improved rapidly from 51.5 to 47.71 in a 3 year time span, went onto collect a very well fought silver medal in the 400m dash at the sea games in Indonesia, aswell as a gold medal in the 4×400 (as one Malaysian athlete has now tested positive for a banned substance). His closest competitor will be Edgardo Alejan Jr. of Mapua who was part of the gold medal winning team in Indonesia. Although he just has a personal best of 49.09, Alejan is definitely a 48 second man. One thing is for certain though “Bagsit is always ready” but are the rest of the field?
Sea Games 800/1500 silver medalist and national 1500m Record Holder Mervin Guarte of San Sebastian College will be the star attraction at the NCAA.
And moving upto the middle distance, we have probably the MVP in Mervin Guarte of SSC. The National Record Holder in the 1500, took off an unfathomable 10 seconds off his personal best time (3m47.65) to create the rare double feat of breaking the long standing national record of Hector Begeo (3m49.0 set in 1993) and the 38 year old junior record set by Victor Idava (3.55.6 way back in 1974). This feat to go with a silver medal in the 1500m to go with an 800m silver (1.50.69) only split seconds separated him from the gold. A sure goal is the SEA Games Championship in Myanmar at the end of next year. In comparison Guarte NCAA records stand at 1.52.0 and 3.57. Surely he will break these times yet he may emphasise quantity over quality this time to help his team win the championship by participating in multiple events 800-1500-3ks-5k and 10k. So any records that come are not expected to be on par with his sea games performances due to this and the lack of a comparable level of opponents.
Guarte closest opponents in the 800 are expected to be Alejan Edgardo (MIT) who finished 6th in the sea games final and was 2nd last year at NCAA in 1.53.2 and Roldan Verano (JRU) 1.53.6. Verano actually challenged Guarte in the steeples last year with a split second finish.
The UAAP being won in subpar 6.61m and 14.02m in long and triple jump. At the NCAA these performances are probably not even good enough for a podium finish. Leading the charge is Mapua’s Nino Espinosa. Nino Espinosa who is coached by National Head Coach Joseph Sy and National Long Jump Record Holder Henry Dagmil has seen a meteoric rise which saw his inclusion into the training pool. He improved a 3 year old personal best from 7.14m to 7.42m in the long jump which places him #7 of all time on the ranking list and just missed out a spot in the sea games finishing third in the rankings behind Dagmil and Nino Espinosa. As the only 7m + jumper in the meet Espinosa is expected to dominate this event and with a 14.09m last year will need to rise but certainly has the talent at a shot at the triple jump title.
In the triple jump Espinosa will face his strongest challenge from the Diones brothers of JRU 2010 Palaro Champion Mark Hary Diones 14.49m and Melbert Diones 14.37m. Benjie Suan of CSB has a pb of 14.26m from 2009 will also be in the mix. So that is atleast five jumpers in the mix who have jumped better than the winner of the uaap 14.04m.
In the high jump the favourite will be Patrick Faderago of UPHR who won the NCAA last year with a leap of 1.95m. San Beda College’s Christian Felovino is an outside chance having leapt 1.92m in 2010 but last year could only manage 1.90m.
In Pole Vault Robin Bunda of Mapua leads the charge with 4.21m last year. Bunda is the only 4m+ jumper in the NCAA.
Certainly the quality of mail throwers in the NCAA is a much higher standard than there UAAP counterparts. Mapua’s new recruit and palaro champion Ralph Gesulgon who has already represented the Philippines at the ASEAN Schools is the best entrant with 13.68m in the shotput. JRU defending champion Eduard Paler with 13.12m will undoubtedly struggle to keep his NCAA title in place.
Meanwhile in Discus Oscar Pasia Jr of CSB (38.18m) will be the man to beat in the discus. However Gesulgon who has thrown 38.88m with the junior weight and Paler who has thrown close to 40m with the jr weight last year will have something to say about that.
It could very well be said that the countries next Javelin great could come from this meet. Perhaps the successor to the aging former sea games champion Danilo Fresnido. At just 22 years of age Rejie Abraham of San Sebastian College has pushed his way up to #9 on the all time list and continues to climb. And we should not rule out former NCAA Record Holder Gusti Pido of Mapua whose improved Personal best of 60.13m was not enough to stop Abraham claiming the gold medal. Gesulgon has also thrown 58.67m, Melvin Calano of JRU 57.53m, Jetrick Reyes of CSB 55.03, Jansen Gamueda of SSC 55.50m. So no fewer than six throwers are better than the winning throw at the UAAP.
The future of Philippine Hurdles doesn’t stop with Patrick Unso. Just a year younger is Mapua’s Robert Francisco who has already ran 14.80s over the jr hurdle height at the nat games, and placed 2nd to Unso in 14.4 hand timed. Perhaps one of the rising stars of Philippine Track and Field is destined to win the national junior title this year. The talent in this depth is not as great as in the UAAP. The next best athlete is Domingo Cabradilla JRU 15.3 and Joemel Vargas of SSC with 15.5.
In the longest hurdle race Joey Molenilla will target the NCAA record. The Letran team mate of Bagsit has a time of 49 seconds to his credit in the 400 flat. And 55.1 in the 400 hurdles. His prime opponents are Philip Silloco of UPHR 56.23 and Jerome Noarin of SBC 55.72.
UAAP Schedule from NCAA.ORG.PH
2012 NCAA Athletics Championships
DAY 1 – February 27, 2012, MONDAY Venue: ULTRA, Pasig City
7:30am OPENING CEREMONIES
110m Dash – Jrs/Srs – Heat
2000m steeplechase – Jrs – Finals
3000m SteepleChase – Srs – Finals
Long Jump –Srs – Elim/Finals
Shot Put -Jrs – Elim/Finals
PoleVault – Jrs – Elim/Finals
110m Dash – Jrs/Srs – Finals
Long Jump – Jrs – Elim/Finals
Shot Put – Srs – Elim/Finals
Pole Vault – Srs – Finals
Discus Throw – Jrs – Finals
4x100m Relay – Jrs/Srs – Heat
1:00pm 400m Low Hurdles – Jrs/Srs – Heat
Javelin Throw – Srs Elim/Finals
High Jump – Jrs – Elim/Finals
Triple Jump – Srs – Elim/Finals
400m Low Hurdles – Jrs/Srs – Finals
Javelin Throw – Jrs – Elim/Finals
High Jump – Srs – Elim/Finals
Triple Jump – Jrs – Elim/Finals
Discus Throw – Srs – Finals
4x400m Relay Jrs/Srs Heat
DAY 2 – Febraury 28, 2012, TUESDAY
Venue: RMC Track Oval, Vito Cruz, Manila
1:00PM 100m Dash – Jrs/Srs – Heat
1:30PM 800m Run – Jrs/Srs – Finals
2:30PM 100m Dash – Jrs/Srs – Finals
3:30PM 400M Dash – Jrs/Srs – Heat
4:00PM 3000m Run – Jrs – Finals
4:30PM 4x100m Relay – Jrs/Srs – Finals
DAY 3 – March 1, 2012, THURSDAY
Venue: RMC Track Oval, Vito Cruz, Manila
1:00PM 400m Dash – Jrs/Srs – Final
1:30PM 1500m Run – Jrs/Srs – Final
2:00PM 200m Dash – Jrs/Srs – Heat
3:30PM 5000m Run – Srs – Final
4:30PM 200m Dash – Jrs/Srs – Final
5:30PM 4x400m Relay – Jrs/Srs – Final