Filipino-American Eric Shauwn Cray broke the eight-year old Philippine record in the men’s 100-meter dash following his fourth-place finish in the 2015 Bobcat Classic held at the Texas State University in San Marcos, Texas in US.
Cray submitted 10.33 seconds to erase the 10.45 old mark of Ralph Soguilon registered in the Clairemont Classic in US on May 5, 2007. He was behind gold medalist Daniel Bailey of Antigua and Barbuda (10.19), silver winner Chavaughn Walsh of US (10.31) and third placer Antoine Adams also of US (10.32).
Cray’s time also made him the strongest contender for gold medal in the 2015 Singapore Southeast Asian Games in June, threatening the title-retention bid of Jeerapong Ninapra of Thailand, who won the gold medal in 10.41 in the 2013 edition held in Naypyitaw, Myanmar.
At present, Cray has three Philippine records, counting the 110m hurdles (14.17) in 2013 Philip- pine National Games and 400m hurdles (50.74) in Florida Relays also in 2013.
The Philippine Track and Field Association will be sending a strong 34-member national team to the 2015 SEA Games with Cray leading the squad along with fellow SEA Games gold medalists Archand Christian Bagsit, Christopher Ulboc Jr., Henry Dagmil, Jesson Ramil Cid, and the 4x400m relay.
The team is looking to surpass its six-gold, four-silver, three-bronze output in Myanmar Games.