STA. Cruz, Laguna: Bryan Jay Pacheco of Central Luzon carved his second record-breaking victory in athletics while Mary Queen Ybañez of Ilocos Region copped two golds in archery yesterday in the 57th Palarong Pambansa at the sprawling Laguna Sports Complex in Barangay Bubukal here.
The 17-year-old Pacheco, who graduated at the Baler National High School in April, posted 62.47 meters in the secondary boys javelin throw to improve the 57.81 meters he himself recorded last year in Dumaguete City. His first gold, which was also a record-breaking feat was in shot put the other day with 15.32 meters which bettered the 13.90 meters of Jay Cabayug of Western Visayas in 2012 in Lingayen, Pangasinan.
But not to be outdone, the 16-year-old Ybañez, also a high school graduate last March at Lorma College Special Science High School in San Juan, La Union, retained the gold she won last year in archery’s 40 meter event with 316 points. Earlier in the day she scored 342 to capture the girls 30 meter event.
”I was able to improve my personal best this time because of good preparations. Besides, the stress now is controllable. It was a windy day, but we were taught how to go with it,” said Ybañez, who won three golds, one silver and one broze last year in Dumaguete City. She is planning to pursue college education at the St. Louis University in Baguio City this coming school year.
Also with already two gold medals was John Ivan Cruz of the National Capital Region, who grabbed the gold in gymnastics all around event with 40.850 points and team event with 81.550 points at the University of the Philippines-Los Baños Copeland gym. Pacheco, Ybañez and Cruz joined Central Visayas’ Chris Aldrich Pondoyo as double gold medalists.
Pondoyo of Cebu won the gold in the elementary level chess blitz event with 6.5 points. His second gold came from the team event with teammate Jeremy Tanudra at the Provincial Capitol compound.
AldrinApuyan of NCR scored 38.300 points in the elementary gymnastics individual all around event to win the gold and later partnered with Edrian AJ Poquiz and John Rmero Santillan for the gold in the team event.