The battle for supremacy in athletics between Negros Occidental and Iloilo starts today as competition in the 2013 Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association Meet kicks off at the Villareal Stadium in Roxas City, Capiz.
At the forefront of Negros’ campaign in long jump are Mary Anthony Diesto and Erica Kee, both from Bacolod Tay Tung High School, who won the gold and silver medals, respectively, during the Provincial Meet at the Panaad Park and Sports Stadium in December.
Diesto is the reigning WVRAA champion in secondary girls’ long jump after she captured the gold last year at the Panaad when Negros hosted the regional meet.
Tay Tung athletics’ coach Amado Joguan said his athletes are well-prepared for the competition this year and they were able to have their practice at the Villareal Stadium the other day.
Joguan said the oval track at the Stadium is in very good condition and the Negros Occidental athletics team is gearing up to deliver a better performance this year.
Also up for grabs in athletics Day 1 today are gold medals in elementary and secondary boys and girls shot put, elementary and secondary girls’ 100m hurdles, elementary and secondary boys’ 110m hurdles, and elementary and secondary boys and girls’ 400-meter run.
Last year, host Negros Occ. won the overall championship in WVRAA but failed to capture the athletics team title in both elementary and secondary boys’ and girls’ event. Iloilo, despite finishing first runner-up overall, bagged the championship in athletics in both levels.
This year, Negros bats for its 20th WVRAA title and hopes to surpass the 28 team titles it won last year at the Panaad Stadium.
In elementary level, Negros booked the team titles in girls’ badminton, basketball, girls’ chess, football, softball, boys and girls’ swimming, boys and girls’ table tennis, girls’ taekwondo, tennis, and girls’ volleyball.
Team titles for Negros in the secondary division came from boys and girls’ tennis, baseball, boys’ basketball, boxing, boys’ chess, sepak takraw, softball, boys and girls’ swimming, boys and girls’ table tennis, boys and girls’ tennis, and girls’ volleyball.
Negros registered a total of 385 points in the elementary department, while Iloilo posted 345 points for second place. Aklan finished third with 158 points, while Capiz was at fourth place with 146, Antique with 79 and Guimaras, 56 points.
In secondary competition last year, Negros had 436 points, Iloilo, 396.5, Capiz, 175, Aklan, 143.5, Antique, 131, and Guimaras, 42.*NAB
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