CEBU athletes quickly made an impact as they overpowered their counterparts from the only other regional team, Bohol, in the opening day of the Private Schools Athletic Association (Prisaa) Regional Finals on Saturday, March 7, 2020, at the Cebu City Sports Center.
Host Cebu was in its usual dominant force in the Prisaa Meet, which was reduced into a dual meet between Cebu and Bohol schools after Dumaguete City delegates backed out.
Cebu’s John Paul Apilan and Niña Alfanta led the gold medalists on Day 1 as they ruled the 100-meter (m) hurdles and the 110m hurdles with a clocking of 17.05 seconds and 15.62, respectively.
Vince Lloyd Piray of Bohol clocked 15.72 and Junry Esteria timed 15.88 to finish with silver and bronze medals in the 110m hurdles, while Mary Joy Rosos and Janet Curay tallied times of 18:32 and 19.84, good for second and third place in the 100m hurdles.
In shotput, Cebu’s Jay Allyson Pajantay and Jan Moses Estrada topped the women’s and men’s divisions. Estrada hurdle the iron ball at 11.59 meters while the former recorded 9.39m.
Eljade Pepito and Justin Macalos finished second and third with 11.46m and 10.40m in the men’s side, while May Ki Joy and Jubelyn Felisida settled as runners-up in the distaff side with a throw of 8.67 and 7.94.
Cebu picked up another four gold medals in the men’s and women’s 200m run and 800m run. Shine Mae Cardona (26.20) and Christian Niño Estella (22.49) were the gold medalists in the 200m dash, while John Lloyd Ocana (1:58.95) and Art Joy Torregosa (2:27.33) won the 800m.
Michael Ucab gave Bohol its first gold medal via men’s 10,000m run, clocking in 38:05 to outlast Cebu’s Danny Tigao and Joseph Jaron, who clocked 38:12 and 38:40. April Joy Alampayan added gold in the 5,000m run. (RSC)