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Noval defends NCAA title
The highlight of this meet was a convincing victory and NCAA meet record in the 100 Meters by College of Saint Benilde’s Daniel Noval. The nineteen year old clocked an impressive 10.84s just .02 seconds off the National Junior Record of Ralph Waldy Soguilon 10.82s set in Brunei at the Asian Juniors in 2001). Noval originally hails from Mandaue, Cebu and is now coached by Emerson Obiena. He will get another shot at the Junior Record at the National Games in Dumaguete at the end of May. He successfully managed to defend his NCAA title at the expense of SEA Games 400m Silver Medalist Archand Bagsit of Letran (11.00) and another junior sprinter, John Willie Jules of San Sebastian (11.06). With a string of titles starting with Milo Little Olympics (2009-2010), Palarong Pambansa 2009-2010, Palarong Pambansa 100-200 joint records 2010, PICAM 2011, and NCAA 2011. Next on cards is the junior record in Dumaguete.
Noval also helped CSB also score a 42.50s games record in the heats of the 4x100m relay, the CSB team went onto win the final in 42.85s
Bagsit later avenged this loss in the Mens 200m (22.37) beating Noval and Philip Silloco of UPHR into a very strong head wind of -3.7 and Mens 400m (48.87) and also an unexpected win in the long jump (7.06). Bagsit beat the Diones Brothers of JRU. Meanwhile in the Boys 400m Joseph Ablao showed he was the top contender for the Palarong Pambansa 400m crown when he won the high school boys division at the NCAA in 50.28 a win to go with his recent one at the NCR Palaro Eliminations.
Due to the absence of Espinosa in the jumps and several others Mapuans. It was Mark Harry Diones of JRU who took the win in the triple jump with a leap of 14.49. Unheralded Mark Basa of UPHR clocked a handy 15.17s in the 110m Hurdles at the expense of pre race favourite Robert Francisco who was out of the heats after suffering a hamstring injury. Overall the depth of hurdlers has risen since Patrick Unso broke the senior record. While in throws JRU John Mantua heaved the shotput out to 13.90m.
Mervin Guarte had an easy day at the office winning the 800m in 1m52.90 and 4m02 in the 1500m. Although these times were far from the 1m50 and 3m47 he posted to win silvers at the Palembang SEA Games last year. Guarte also won the 3k steeples and 5km events. It is clear that Guarte and Bagsit are still recovering from their efforts in the SEA Games and can be expected to return to form in time to peak for the National Games.