Published in The Freeman Newspaper on August 26, 2012 Sunday issue
by Caecent No-ot Magsumbol, Staff Writer
Manny Villaruel, Sports Editor
The 17-year-old Catalbas, competing under the banner of Iloilo National High School, claimed the first gold at stake in athletics after dominating the secondary boys 5,000m run with the time of 17 minutes and 53.16 seconds.
Prince Joey Lee of the University of Southern Philippines Foundation settled for silver in 18:00.66, while UC's Rozel Ardiente got the bronze with a 18:32.41 clocking.
After a much-needed rest, Catalbas sealed his day with another gold via the 1,500m run. He did not have a flashy start but he knew when to pull it away, speeding up in the last two laps to eventually overtake USPF's John Cliff Debulosan in the final five meters.
Catalbas to win the battle with the time of four minutes and 23.92 seconds, just four-tenths of a second ahead of Debulosan, while another USPF long distance runner Joel Andrin wound up third with a 4:34.84 clocking.
Two other Ilonggos stole the show from the Cebuano tracksters, with Janeza Mae Sastituedo and Lanz Jeremy Halongong basking in the glow of golden performances.
Sastituedo topped the secondary girls 1,500m run with the time of 5:07.32. Lovely Fe Andrin of Pajo NHS placed second in 5:12.35 followed by USPF’s Crizel Diongson in 5:20.48... Read more