Runner Joida Gagnao from Guimaras gifted Western Visayas another record-breaking mark yesterday as she reigned in secondary girls 1,500 meters with a time of 4 minutes and 45.2 seconds to erase the 4:47.9 record set by Polocornia Bolobo in 1991.
Gagnao’s new record came on the heels of a double gold from Christopher Lirazan and Jealyn Lancita in secondary boys and girls’ 400 meters, and Erwin Parcon in secondary boys’ 5,000 meters.
Western Visayas secondary boys and girls’ basketball teams also prevailed over their respective rivals yesterday to advance into the semifinals of the 2013 Palarong Pambansa in Dumaguete City.
The high school boys’ squad, with the core of players from Hwa Siong College of Iloilo, booked a semifinals ticket after taming CARAGA, 70-61, while the girls stamped their class against Zamboanga Peninsula, 61-48.
Trailing at halftime, 28-33, the WVRAA boys, among them Negrenses John Paul Calvo from Silay City and Darrio Buri from Hinigaran, drew closer at the end of third quarter, 48-50, before pulling away at the payoff period with a 22-11 run.
The girls’ on the other hand, did not give the Zamboangeñas a chance to come near as they led all the way until the final buzzer.
The semifinals berth for the secondary basketball teams avenged the loss of the elementary team, who failed to figure in the quarterfinals after bowing to Central Luzon, 46-57, in their bracket.
The National Capital Region elementary basketball team also bowed out of contention after a 62-74 quarterfinals loss against Davao.
Another setback for Western Visayas was in secondary girls’ volleyball, as Central Visayas prevailed 25-20, 31-29, in the quarterfinals. The elementary girls’ volleyball team advanced to the semis with a 26-24, 25-16 victory over Zamboanga.
Carrying the Western Visayas banner high in softball are the girls from ETCS and Domingo Lacson National High School, who displayed their dominance over separate foes.
The ETCS girls proved to be too strong for Ilocos Region, needing only two innings to walk away with a 10-0 win. The DLNHS girls, meanwhile, blanked Northern Mindanao, 4-0, to keep their record unblemished going into the semifinals.
Also in the semifinals are the elementary and secondary football teams, who hurdled their quarterfinal assignments yesterday.
The elementary booters dealt Central Luzon a 5-0 beating, while the high school boys from Iloilo edged Cotabato Region, 2-1.
DOUBLE GOLD FOR LIRAZAN
In athletics, Lirazan of Kabankalan City grabbed his second gold medal in the meet yesterday as he ruled the secondary boys’ 400 meters, fraction of a second shy of beating the 49.4 seconds record set by Rene Boy Tanuan of Southern Tagalog in 1997.
Lirazan won the 400m gold with a time of 49.7 seconds, while Jaime Immanuel Mejia of NCR registered 50.1 seconds for silver and Fernan Lopez of Central Luzon, 51.5 seconds for bronze. Mejia earlier won the gold in 400-meter hurdles.
It was a sweep for Region VI in secondary 400 meters as Lancita reigned in the distaff side with a time of 59.2 seconds, relegating to second place Sarah Dequinan of Northern Mindanao, 59.5 seconds, and Camevale Acopiado of Zamboanga Peninsula, 59.9 secoinds, at third place.
After a silver finish in 3,000 steeple chase, Parcon finally won a gold in 5,000 meters yesterday with a time of 15 minutes and 58.8 seconds. Michael Abanador of Calabarzon (16.00.3), secured the silver, while John Rey Moreno, also from Calabarzon (16.02.1), received the bronze. Abanador earlier won the gold in secondary boys’ 800 meters.
As of 7 p.m. yesterday, NCR remains ahead in the medal count with 61 gold, 44 silver, and 34 bronze medals while Western Visayas has 29-23-15 tally.*NAB
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