Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Olympians new NAASCU Track Stars!

Dan Marasigan's golden run

Dan Marasigan hesitated and faltered as the rest of the runners raced towards the finish line and finish well ahead of him in the Men’s 100 meter dash of the 10th NAASCU Track and Field Competition. Rookie jitters got the better of Dan which was the perfect motivation for him to train and hopefully do better after his woeful finish in that race. Back with a vengeance, the now sophomore and highly motivated Dan Marasigan from STI College Fairview used his experience to bag the gold in the 100 meter dash to anchor the STI College Olympians Men’s Track and Field team to the top of the 11th NAASCU Track and Field Competition at the Rizal Memorial Coliseum track stadium.

Mark Mollenido crosses the finish line well ahead of the pack

Marasigan added another silver medal in the 200 meters and together with his colleagues from STI College Fairview he teamed up with Mark Mollenido, Aljon Fostanes and John Jabinal to bag the 4 x 100 meter relay Gold. Inspired by that win, the 4 x 400 relay team of Bona Aman of STI College Novaliches, John Jabinal & Aljon Fostanes of STI College Fairview and Rhomer Clutario of STI College Global City, led from start to finish to win the gold and sneak past the Our Lady of Fatima Phoenix which was leading on points to get the overall team title in the Men's Division. The Olympians ended with 84 points while the Phoenix ended up at 76 points. Romeo Divinagracia of STI College Marikina was the other gold medalist as he ruled the Walkathon event. Clutario also picked up another silver medal in the Men’s 10k run while Mollenido got the bronze in the Men’s 100 and 200 meter dash.

Suzanne Prado is the first Lady Olympian
to win a gold medal

The Women’s team faced a stiffer opposition as the defending champion St. Clare Saints and CEU Scorpions got the stronger finish as the Lady Olympians settled for third. Leading the cause for the Lady Olympians was STI College Novaliches 2nd year BSIT student Suzanne Prado who won the gold medal in the Women’s walkathon. Veteran Joan BeriƱo added a bronze in the 100 meter dash and a silver in the 200 meter dash. Their efforts were enough to place them third as most of the other team members placed fourth in other events. Other members of the team include Kristina dela Cena of STI College Taft who is playing her third sport besides Volleyball and Badminton, Xyra Gomez, Sherianne Vidallon and Jen Brillantes of STI College Novaliches and Anna Mabanglo of STI College Fairview.

Bona Aman paved the way
for the 4x 400 meter lead and win

For the STI College Track and Field team, hardwork has its rewards as shown in what Dan Marasigan has done. Rising from the ashes of last year’s botched run Marasigan rose to the occasion to lead the Olympians to victory. This turnaround can be attributed to the exemplary discipline and hard work he put on to improve his craft. Truly a story worth being told to STIers for a long time.

The Victorious team

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