by John Paul Marquez
Gedeona Lumague of the College of Physical Education, Recreation and Sports (COPERS) nailed the first place in the Women’s Javelin Throw beating other six contenders.
After the first three throws, she got her best effort with 24.28 meters. Officials decided to qualify all the seven throwers in the next rounds instead of the original rule wherein there will be only six players left in the 4th, 5th and 6th throws and the others will be eliminated.
In Gedeona’s first throw in the next round (4th throw), the ampire called a foul after she crossed the white line when she threw the bar but she recovered in the next two throws wherein she listed for 21.09 meters and 21.89 meters to seal the deal.
“First time ko 'tong laruin sa Intrams,” Gedeona said.
“Masaya kasi nanalo, hindi ko din in-e-expect kasi nga first time ko lang maglaro niyan (Javelin Throw),” she added.
Gedeona also competed in Chess and in Badminton in her high school years but in her first year of college taking Bachelor of Physical Education in Bulacan State University she tried her luck in Javelin and it worked.
CIT, pitched Men’s Javelin
College of Industrial Technology (CIT) representative in Men’s Javelin Throw Patrick Lazaro pinned the gold medal after registering a high 35.88 meters throw in his last attempt to bag the gold.
Lazaro qualified for the next round after his record of 33.80 meters in the first three throws. His rival Bustos’ pride Joseph Matic finished at the second place. In the next round this two contenders were going neck-to-neck but both Lazaro and Matic failed to get a high result after a 22.28 meter for Matic and 29.02 for Lazaro. Lazaro continued to struggle in the fifth throw tallying his lowest output in the game with 27.07 while Matic gained momentum after he knocked 30.80 meters. Lazaro boost himself when he rolled the best throw in the game with 35.88 meters to close out the game, while Matic fell short with 32.52 meters.
CoPERS, soar high
Jeff Palafox collected another gold through his individual award in Men’s High Jump after he listed for 1.60 meter that made him the number one in the game.
After he won gold in men’s 4x400 meter relay, he grabbed for another personal achievement here in 2012 Intramurals.
“Thank you kasi nanalo ako, thank you kay God,” said Palafox.
Palafox has been competing since 4th year high school in high jump and with his ability he was able to compete in the National Capital Region (NCR).
As Rica Joselle Reyes of College of Physical Education, Recreation and Sports (COPERS) turned 17, she gave a wonderful present for herself when she earned gold in Women’s Long Jump.
“Sobrang saya ko, lalo na parang 'yon na po 'yong gift ni God sakin, parang sobrang blessed na blessed po ako. 'Yun 'yong pinakamagandang gift na natanggap ko sa birthday ko, 'yong manalo ng first sa long jump,” Reyes said.
“Wala ng mas gaganda pang gift na pwedeng ibigay sa akin maliban doon,” she added.
Reyes dominated the game by putting up her best record in the first round for 3.95 meter distance and ending up the game with a high note and sustaining her record as her best effort in the game.
Reyes is one of the varsity players in BSU in basketball girls but she said that in athletics, she never planned to join the varsity.
“Pang Intrams lang ang Athletics,” she cited.
Reyes also won five golds from winning in the 1500 meter run, 400 meter run, 4x400 meter relay, classical relay and including this long jump.
CoPERS, engineered relay
College of Physical Education, Recreation and Sports (COPERS) dominated the 4x400 meter relay for both men and women.
CoPERS male runners are the first to track the oval as they finished the race with the time of 4:19:01. Jeff Palafox, Carlos Noblefranca, Nico Magtabong and Ian Tagudan got the gold in the Men’s 4x400 meter relay while Alyza Salmorin, Rica Joselle Reyes, Wendy Gonzaga and Joan Marangat represented CoPERS to compete in the Women’s 4x400 meter relay. They finished the race with 5:47:51, enough to get the gold.
CoPERS, tops Athletics
The College of Physical Education, Recreation and Sports prevailed in proving that they still have the guts to be the best in Athletics.
The CoPERS ranked first in the Athletics in the 2012 BulSU Intramurals as they got 23 golds, nine silvers and two bronzes in men’s division while in women’s side they got a prestigious 20 golds for a total of 43 golds, nine silver and two bronzes to top (54 medals in total).
Their players are all from the first and second year level. The college didn’t allow their 3rd and 4th year to compete. Instead they train them to be the officials in some of the events in the Intramurals as preparation for them.
Sarmiento Campus got the second place as they got four golds, 4 silvers and five bronzes in both men and women division. Bustos Campus hanged in the third as they recorded for two golds, one silver and two bronzes.