BACOLOD City: Alexis Soqueno of Negros Occidental province and Karen Janario of Leyte province grabbed four gold medals apiece on Thursday in the athletics event of the Batang Pinoy national finals at the Pana-ad Sports Park and Stadium here.
The 15-year-old Soqueno ruled the boys 110-m boys hurdles with a time record of 14.77 seconds, the fastest in the history of the meet. He earlier won the gold in the boys’ high jump with a record-breaking leap of 1.93-meter. He won another gold in the boys’ 4-100-m relay with a time record of 44.9.
Not to be outdone, the 14-year-old Janario brought inspiration to her family devastated by Typhoon Yolanda (International name: Haiyan), by setting a new record of 25.7, erasing her previous best of 26.2 in the girls’ 200-m dash.
She also snared the gold medals in the following events: girls’ 100-m dash (12.71-sec.), 100-m hurdles (16.46, below her record of 15.43 during the Philippine National Games held in Manila), and girls’ 4×100-m relay (51.5-sec.)
Co-host Negros Occidental Province is ahead in the standings with six golds, five silvers and two bronzes followed by Quezon City (5-5-3), Baguio City (5-3-0), Bacolod (3-3-6), Pangasinan (3-5-4), Leyte (3-0-2) and Cebu City (2-4-2).
“We have been designated by the Philippine Sports Commission to oversee the athletes training in Tacloban City. We are very happy to set a new record in the girls’ 200-m dash. Karen Janario is very promising,” said head coach Trece Academia of Leyte Sports Academy.
In swimming, Kirsten Chloe Daos ruled the girls’ 13-15-year-old 200-m freestyle with a time record of 2:18.60. The other gold medal winners at the Pana-ad Aquatic Center were Malolos’ Marc Audrey Santos (boys’ 11-12-year-old 200-m freestyle), Xiandi Chua of San Juan City (girls’ 11-12-year-old 200-m freestyle), Cedric Joseph Fox of Davao City (boys’ 13-15-year-old 200-m freestyle), Marco Rian Tirol of Bohol (boys’ 12-year and under 50-m butterfly) and Carmela Jasmin Ordono of San Fernando, La Union in (girls’ 12-year and under 50-m butterfly).
From Tagbilaran which was devastated by 7.2 earthquake last year, Ma. Paula Lanit won the gold in weightlifting girls’ 36-kg. category while Vanessa Sarno of Bohol Province dominated the girls 32-kg. class. The other gold medallist weightlifters were Geraldine Climaco of Zamboanga (girls’ 40-kg.) and teammate Aldrin Garcia (boys 34-kg.).
In cycling, Bacolod’s Maia Yusay won the gold in the girls’ 12-km mountain bike while Davao’s Brylle Cocjin dominated the boys’ 24-km. race. Ana Patricia Maximo of Cebu won the girls’ 12-km.road cycling with a time record of 46:03.34 while Emmanuel de los Santos of Pangasinan ruled the boys’ 30-km race with a time of 1:15:59.64.
In boxing at the Bay Center, Mandaue City’s John Excel Mugar won over Cabadbaran’s Jon Rey Hanayon in the 28-kg class; Cagayan de Oro City’s Bruce John Palapar defeated Bacolod’s Jerry Mae Pat in the 30-kg. category, Jeffrey Miras of Panabo, Davao del Norte eliminated Bacolod’s Mark Ariel Gudaca in the 38-kg. and Cebu’s Kit Ceron Gartes nipped Bacolod’s Jhon-Jhon Earl Sabala in the 48-kgs. class to advance into the next round.