The Manila Times College of Subic (TMTCS) bets Milly Jayvon Persico and Arni Laureen Gabrielle Mendoza ruled the 30-meter category of the Olongapo City Meet for Archery at the TMTCS Archery Academy in Subic, Zambales on Thursday.
“I was not really expecting much because I think it’s almost everyone’s first major tournament besides the two of my athletes [Persico and Legaspi] who has experience already. I am pretty glad na okay ‘yung performance nila despite that this is their first major tournament,” said TMTCS archery coach and national team member Eugene Cañelas.
The 14-year-old eighth grader Persico ruled the recurve competition after scoring 160 points over 180 during the elimination round.
Persico ran past another TMTCS bet, seventh grader Iñigo Gabriel Rin Legaspi, 155/180, who finished second followed by ninth grader Polyne Gabriel Llanora, 121/180, in third from Regional Science High School (RSHS).
Finishing fourth is Reymar Añano from Iram National High School (INHS) after scoring 115/180 in six ends.
In the girl’s category, Mendoza, a 15-year-old ninth grader scored 121/180 while 10th grader Joisephine Omemaga of New Cabalan National High School (NCHS) finished second with 89 points.
Cañelas said that Mendoza is consistent and fast in analyzing instructions improving from being average to above average archer over a week in time for the meet.
Meanwhile, INHS bets Andrea Mae Magcaling and Lara Jhane Santos, both ninth graders, finished third and fourth with 74 points, respectively.
With 29 players coming from six different schools from Olongapo city, amateur archers will compete in the Central Luzon Regional Athletic Association meet where the top four finishers will represent Olongapo city in regional tournaments.
“This competition is in preparation for the forth coming Central Luzon Regional Athletics Association meet in February next year in Malolos, Bulacan,” said tournament manager Amado Sarmiento Jr.
Persico and Legaspi are under the tutelage of Cañelas while Llanora is training under coach Ellen Fronda.
The participating schools in the meet are TMTCS, RSHS, INHS, NCNHS and Olongapo City National High School.
The 40m recurve competition is scheduled today at the same venue.