Negros Occidental elementary boys and girls’ athletics team swept all four gold medals in the 400-meter run as heavy rains brought by typhoon “Crising” halted some of the games in the 2013 Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association Meet at the Villareal Stadium yesterday.
Cadiz City’s young runner Joey Glaraca ruled in the elementary boys’ competition, Bacolod City’s Christopher Lirazan dominated the secondary boys’ contest, while May Therese Gula of Bago City and veteran runner Louelyn Pamatian separately reigned in elementary and secondary girls events to complete the sweep for Negros Occidental in the 400-meter department of this year’s WVRAA.
The Negrense athletes also finished strong in long jump as Miguela Lamag bagged in the gold in elementary girls’ category, while Johnly Ison’s 6.42 leap in secondary boys’ event also earned him the gold.
Bacolod Tay Tung High School’s Mary Anthony Diesto settled for silver in the secondary girls’ long jump but will be aiming for her first gold in the meet in the triple long jump.
It was a 1-2 finish for Negros Occidental in elementary girls shot put as Rhealyn Flores and Xiannelle Antangres duplicated their feat in the 2012 Palarong Panlalawigan with a gold and silver finish in the event.
Meanwhile, Iloilo captured the gold in secondary boys’ volleyball by beating Aklan in four sets, 23-23, 25-16, 22-25 and 25-17, and topped all events in arnis to win the championship.
Negros’ secondary boys’ football team blanked Aklan, 5-0, to inch closer to the gold, while its elementary baseball team bowed to Guimaras, 3-2.
Meanwhile, tournament officials rescheduled the final events in hurdles yesterday due to heavy rains. Lando Azue from the records committee said it was agreed during their meeting to hold the event at the last day of the competition.
Last year, Negros Occidental hosted the WVRAA at the Panaad Park and Sports Stadium and won its 19th overall championship in the meet with 28 team titles in both the elementary and secondary boys and girls’ competition.
In elementary, Negros is the defending champion in girls’ badminton, basketball, girls’ chess, football, softball, boys and girls’ swimming, boys and girls’ table tennis, girls’ taekwondo, tennis, and girls’ volleyball.
The Negrenses also reign in secondary 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.*NAB
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