Gold still eludes DAVRAA in 2008 Palaro

Jumpers Ramjay Carado and Jesalyn Molde had to settle for silver in the events dominated by Western Visayas and Central Visayas.

Western Visayas snatched three gold medals Tuesday at the track including the record breaking performance of thrower Maika De Oro in the secondary girls discus throw at the newly-refurbished Ramon V. Mitra Sports Complex in this city known as City in the Forest.
 
De Oro, who won the discus throw elementary girls gold last year, broke Central Visayas Nina Marie Lumapaz’ record of 32.45 meters established in 2000. De Oro threw to a distance of 32.62 meters.     
 
Carado, 17, who won a bronze medal in long jump Monday, failed to surpass the 14.20 meters performance of gold medal winner Iva Jey Sucaldito of Western Visayas in his final jump to settle for silver.
 
Carado, a farmer’s son from a far-flung area along the Bukidnon-Davao City boundary, leaped 13.80 meters.

Calabarzon’s Moriel Noriel copped the bronze medal with 13.53 meters.
 
For her part, the 17-year old Molde suffered a heartbreaking defeat in the hands of Irene Baluran of Central Visayas.
 
Baluran, who retained the triple jump gold that she won last year, jumped to a distance of 11.78 meters while Molde, a fourth year high school student at the Emar Learning Center, went 11.57 meters.

National Capital Region’s Avegail Marie Dizon captured the bronze with 11.10 meters.
 
But unlike its track stars, Davao Region boxers, spikers, booters and batters prevailed over their counterparts in the second day of action.
 
Led by brothers John Vincent and Engelbert Moralde, the five-man boxing team stamped its class winning all its opening matches at the Puerto Princesa City Baywalk.
 
John Vincent showed his excellent skills by beating Jonard Agcaoli in the powder-weight class via retirement at the start of the second round.
 
Duplicating his brother’s victory, Engelbert affirmed his supremacy in mosquito division besting Jayson Formentera of National Capital Region also via RSC-outclass with 2:12 left in the second round.
 
Not to be outdone was Jervin Ancajos who outclassed Jose Day-a of Cordillera Autonomous Region.
 
Glen Canteveros and Mark Anthony Barriga needed the score cards to win the match against Ulparico Atencio of Eastern Visayas (pin-weight) and Soflor Anduyan (mosquito division).
 
In elementary girls volleyball, Davao Region defeated National Capital Region in straight sets 25 – 23, 25 – 18. But the Big City athletes bounced back in distaff side beating Davao Region, 25 – 17, 25 – 19.
 
In the secondary division, Davao Region boys team prevailed over Central Luzon, 25 – 20, 25 – 16 while its girls squad bested ARMM 25 – 14, 25 – 19.
 
In softball, Davao Region crushed Eastern Visayas, 14 – 4. (Rico Biliran/MindaNews)

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