Top guns shine in Davao Run

Subscribe Now June 01, 2011 at 11:11pm

WHAT Anthony Nerza failed to accomplish in the POC-PSC Philippine National Games, he made up for it in the Davao City Run where he and Mona Liza Ambasa emerged champions anew in the race held in an out-and-back course at the Abreeza Mall over the weekend. Nerza, a varsity mainstay of Brokenshire College, clocked a total of 59 minutes and one second amid the drizzle to rule the men's 16.8K over Gilbert Maluyo (59:03) and Arnie MacaƱeras (59:10), who placed second and third, respectively. Jonifer Bagayo (1:02:22) and Rixon Rasay (1:06:35) finished fourth and fifth.

Ambasa, Davao City's top lady runner and the reigning Cebu City Marathon champion, topped the women's class after registering 1:21:44. She bested perennial rival Cynthia Jaro, who timed 1:22:18, and Cresielyn Jaro, who finished in 1:22:19.

Rounding up the top five finishers in the footrace that attracted 2,000 runners were Virginia Tumapon (1:32:21) and Tiny Buenaventura (1:33:20).

Elmer Bartolo checked in 26 minutes and 22 seconds to capture the men's 8K crown at the expense of Brokenshire Michael Ian Constantino, who settled for the runner-up honors with a time of 28:48. James Jeremiah recorded 31:12 which was good for third place.

Judelyn Miranda stamped her class in the women's 8K. She beat Diana Mae Memoracion and Celie Rose Jaro by submitting a time of 32 minutes.

Memoracion finished in 32:06 while Celie Rose breasted the tape in 33:08.
Reinzy Pandong and Patricia Dimaunahan shared the limelight in the 4K division for 14 years old and under runners.

Pandong (19:06) outran Richie Olayta (22:08) and Marcial Rizo (22:20) while Dimaunahan (37:15) went ahead of Rachel Flores (37:19) and Pamela Ng (37:49).

Nike gift certificates from RunClub Davao were awarded to the winners even as raffle items including Nike running shoes, vision running sunglasses, apparel, and sportsbands were also given away.

The run was organized by RunClub Davao and the Nike Athletic Club flagship store at Abreeza Mall, in partnership with Powerade, the official sports drink, Dole Philippines-Stanfilco, the official nutrition supplement, Runner's World Magazine, MIX-FM and Sun Star Davao, the official media partners and Abreeza Mall.


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