BACOLOD City – Quezon City opened its campaign in the Batang Pinoy National Finals with five golds in swimming, while Reymark Quezada of Baguio City captured the first gold in athletics on Wednesday.
Quezada, a high school junior at the Baguio City National High
School, timed 17:10.15 minutes to win the boys 5,000-meter run, the
first event in the five-day competition for athletes 15-year-old and
below, at the Pana-ad Park and Stadium here.
The 15-year-old son of a carpenter, Quezada, who dreams of becoming an
Olympian, spurted ahead of James Galena of Candon City in the last 100
meters to finish first. Galina was second with 17:20.7, and Cebu City’s Ivan Miguel Santos was third with 17:47.2.
“I really hope to compete in the Olympics someday, and bring home glory for the country. I poured out all my energy in the final stretch of the race to settle for first,” said Quezada in the vernacular.
He is also tapped to win the gold medals in the boys 1,500-m run and
800-m run in the next two days, the same race he will run for the Cordillera Region in the 2014 Palarong Pambansa in Sta. Cruz, Laguna in April.
The meet’s first female gold winner was 15-year-old Romerose Villanueva, who is in third year at the Romanito Maravilla National High School in Bacolod City.
Villanueva ruled the girls long jump event by clearing 5.18 meters.
Rosemarie Olorvida of LSA-Smart was second with 5.10-m and Taguig’s Gianeli Gatinga third with 5.05-m.
In the girls 2,000-m walk, Mariz Sabado of Pangasinan clocked 14:23.6-minutes to win the gold, with teammate Kimxyros Macanas taking the silver with 14:41.3 and Marie Valencia Celeste of Bacolod the bronze with 15:02.6.
Other winners in medal-rich athletics was Jeremy Lanz Halongong of Iloilo in the boys discuss throw (36.30-m).
Aat the University of St. La Salle covered court, Paranaque won
the gymnastics cheerleading competition with a score of 232.5, followed by
Calamba with 209.
Iligan City dominated the gymnastics group stunts contest with a score of 122.5 and Iriga City ruled the cheer dance event with 249 points.
Kirsten Chloe Daos led Quezon City’s dominance in aquatics with a victory in the girls 13-15-year-old 400-m freestyle in 4:49.90.
Joshua Taleon won the gold in the boys 13-15-year-old 50-m breaststroke
(32.05-sec.), Raissa Regati Gavino in the girls 13-15-year-old 50-m
breastroke and Philip Joaquin Santos in the 11-12-year-old 200-m
Baguio also won three golds in swimming’s first day action
courtesy of Allana Sagubo in the girls 11-12-year-old 200-m
backstroke, Jenkins Lorenz Labao in the boys 13-15-year-old 400-m
freestyle and the boys 15-year and under 200-m medley relay.