National mainstays Mervin Guarte and Jesson Ramil Cid won gold medals in their favorite events while the Mapua Institute of Technology team set a new national junior relay record on the final day of the 2013 Philippine Olympic Committee-Philippine Sports Commission Philippine National Games athletics competitions Sunday night at the Philsports track oval in Pasig City.
Guarte, a silver medalist in the 2011 Indonesia Southeast Asian Games, topped the men’s 1,500-meter run with a time of three minutes and 56.72 seconds while Christopher Ulboc settled for second with 3:57.87 and Wenlie Maulas wound up fourth with 4:00.89.
Cid ruled the men’s decathlon with a total of 6,673 points, way ahead of second-placer Joebert Delicano (5,731) and third-ranked Mark Ian delos Santos (5,345).
The Mapua quartet of Ryan Bigyan, John Cedric Montesser, Fernan Lopez and John Capingian also made waves by ripping the old mark in the 4x400m relay boys’ juniors.
They ran a 3:21.10 race to erase the 3:22.40 of Romnick Herida, Romulo Mostoles, Rolando de Ramos and Charlie Ducusin set in the 2007 Philippine Olympic Festival.
Far Eastern University’s Janry Ubas secured two mints in the boys’ junior decathon (6,055 points) and boys’ junior triple jump (14.69 meters) while the other gold medalists are Twinkle Masilang in women’s discus throw (34.99 meters), Evalyn Palabrica in junior women’s javelin throw (40.97 meters), Elbren Neri in boys’ junior 1,500m run (4:06.99), Ruben dela Torre in boys’ junior 10,000m run (36:07.64), San Sebastian College-Recoletos in boys’ medley relay (2:02.17), LSA Smart Altas in girls’ medley relay (2:26.21), Baguio City in women’s 4×400 meter relay (4:37.85), University of the East in girls’ 4×400 meter relay (4:02.75) and University of the Philippines in men’s 4×400 meter relay (3:31.04). EMIL C. NOGUERA