The Manila Times College of Subic (TMTCS) standouts Milly Jayvon Persico and Arni Laureen Gabrielle Mendoza topped their respective events in the Olongapo City Meet for Archery held at the TMTCS Archery Academy in Subic, Zambales on Friday.
Persico, a 14-year-old TMTCS eighth grader, continued his impressive showing by scoring 294 points to secure the top honors in the boys’ recurve category. The 13-year-old seventh grader Iñigo Gabriel Rin Legaspi completed a 1-2 punch as he finished second with a score of 283 points.
“Madami nagbago since nag-iba ‘yung phasing ng wind [There has been a lot of changes due to the phasing of the wind]. It affects me a bit. But, I will train everyday to make sure that I will bring home a medal for my city,” Persico told The Manila Times.
Regional Science High School’s Polyne Gabriel Llanora finished third overall with 226 while Reymar Añano of Iram National High School (INHS) finished fourth with 205.
“I think, medyo descent ‘yung shots ni Persico and Legaspi. Medyo nalula yung ibang players namin dahil maliit ‘yung target and it is really windy kanina, stronger than usual,“ said TMTCS archery coach and national team member Eugene Cañelas.
On the other hand, the 15-year-old ninth grader Mendoza claimed the top spot in the girls’ recurve division after she posted 234, beating second placer Joisephine Omemaga of New Cabalan National High School (137), third placer Maylin Fernando of INHS (115) and Lara Jhane Santos also of INHS (113).
Only the top four players in each division—Persico, Legaspi, Llanora and Anano (boys) and Mendoza, Ome¬maga, Fernando and Santos (girls)—will represent the Olongapo City in the Central Luzon Regional Athletic Association (CLRAA) tournament scheduled in February in Malolos, Bulacan.
The top four players in CLRAA meet will be the region’s representatives in the annual Palarong Pambansa slated next year in Bicol.
“Maganda ang turn-out ng buong event, I can say, 70 to 100 percent we can qualify,” said tournament manager Amado Sarmiento Jr.
The boys’ team will now be trained by Cañelas while the girls team will be handled by Olongapo City National High School mentor Jeffrey Alejo.
As part of the team’s build up for the CLRAA meet, Cañelas wants to start training as early as December through strength and conditioning, and going back to the basic form such as using light bows and rubber trainings.
Come January he said the training shifts to higher gear via distance shooting practice.