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Baguio breaks all time high in PNG hammer throw

DUMAGUETE CITY – an athlete of Baguio has broken the Philippines all time record high in hammer throw in the women’s category for the best distance here.

Lorelie Amahit Sermona, a member of Philippine Team landed a distance of 50.03, the best record so far in Hammer Throw for the women’s category at the Perdices Sports Complex, Dumaguete City during the POC-PSC National Games (PNG) May 30.

Sermona’s distance of 50.03 literally erased her own record of 49.79 during the 24th South East Asian (SEA) Games in 2007.

She bested teammate Jhansel Uduando who recorded a distance of 18.93 to settle for silver.

Udaundo also got silver in discus throw and bronze in shot put.

But it did not stop there as Baguio’s thirst for the mints continued to dominate the athletic field oval.

Veteran athlete Eleazar Sunang swallowed his opponents in shot put for men while Reagan Contic also dominated the discus throw in the boys category and lands silver in shot put.

Also in women’s discus throw, Baguio’s Hanna Erika Sia showed dominance by striking gold with a 32.37m throw.

Jane Takayeng literally outrun her opponents in 110m hurdles-women’s category while Catherine Kaye Santos, a product of the University of Baguio sprint was recorded the fastest or 12.17 seconds beating Laguna and hypersports power houses.

Santos also dominated the triple jump for women earlier in the field ensuring 2 gold mints for Baguio and another silver in long jump.

University of Baguio’s Flordeliza Donos also dominated the 1,500m run and the women’s steeple chase event totaling 2 gold mints for the team.

Not to be outdone, Joan Caido recorded a time of 50.34 in the 400m run for boys besting Miguel Guevarra of Bacolod City’s 52.20 and Jun Earl Gan of Team Maravilla who clocked in at 52.44.

Caido went on to bag another gold in the 800m run while fellow runner Jonfrey Opendo yet another gold in the 400m hurdles.

Tracy Kitongan’s 10,000m walk outmatched other players who, after enduring 25 rounds around the oval still manages to smile.

Other players who contributed silver are Mariz Cotoner in 110m hurdles women, Divina Kitongan in 400m run girls, Jessa Mangsat in 3000m steeple chase, Arnold Galap in 3000m steeple chase and 5,000m run and Jalen Guiro De Castro in 200m run.

Bronze medal players are; Marla Felice Ellaga in high jump and triple jump, Gemma Landisan in Javelin throw, Jane Takayeng in 400m hurdles, Jonfrey Opendo in 800m run, Divina Kitongan in 800m and 1500m run.

In team events, Santos, Takayeng, Cotoner and Ellaga settled for bronze in 4x100m relay while Caido, Ninalga, Limbaring and De Castro settled also for bronze in 4x100m relay for boys.

Baguio scored a total of 15 golds, 10 silvers and 10 bronze medals in athletics.

Meantime, Baguio’s lone swimmer Jenkins Lorenzo Labao managed to fly straight from Manila to Dumaguete for his event May 28 with his coach Jeffrey Padilla and proved the adage ‘better late than never’.

Labao, a student of the University of Baguio dominated the 400m individual medley, 400m freestyle, 200m freestyle and 100m freestyle in swimming adding a total of 6 golds in his arsenal and presently holds the most gold medals for a single player for Baguio.
He also landed silver in the 200m butterfly. ***paul rillorta

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