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IT’s only the second week of May, but was like the end of summer already with Cebu having a very busy weekend both in the Northern and Southern part of the province, from paved roads to rugged terrains.
In mountainbiking, Nino Surban and Chyrel Gomez scored back-to-back victories in two cross-country events.
Last Saturday, the Japan-bound National team mainstay Surban won the premiere division of the first Bugoy Bikers Cross-country Challenge in Pulangbato, this city.
Surban gave neat lessons to the ever-daring Warren Vinan as Randy Carbonera placed third in the 32-kilometer route.
The Pagnanawon brothers, Jhunvie and Jaybop, on the other hand, had a 1-2 finish in the combined junior-senior division while the combined masters and veteran’s class saw Jezam Baldomar defeating Amon Espinosa for the top spot as the ageless Nilo Barbalose came out third.
Francis Hernando came out the fastest among the beginners followed by John Paul Casas and Ryke Armas.
A day after, Nino Surban came to win the San Fernando Cross-Country Challenge 2014 yesterday at Plaza Rizal in San Fernando.
It was actually the same scenario as that in Pulang-bato with Surban occupying the top spot followed by Warren Vinan and Randy Carbonera.
Jhunvie Pagnanawon also posted back-to-back victories, though this time under the beginners’ class over Amon Espinosa as Ramel Bayno landed third.
Kit Cabonita won the junior division over Elmer Navarro as Roy Carbonera wound up third.
Chyrel Gomez also made her presence felt as she bagged the women’s open title over Flordilis Bamboa as Maya Ocampo-Calatraba landed third.
In between two mountainbike races, ultrarunners also did their own thing through the Coast-to-Coast 65 from the Provincial Capitol down to Toledo City.
Hernan Cuanico emerged the overall champion after conquering the 65-kilometer run in six hours, 50 minutes and a second, around eight minutes ahead of Philip Maloloy-on as Jack Neil Labajo wound up third with 7:29:12.
Rounding up the top 10 cast in the men’s division were Daks Dejoras(7:42:26), Mark Ocampo(8:02:22), Alberto Abais(8:05:16), Francis Brent Costillas(8:11:16), John Paul Blanco(8:18:02), Wenceslao Almene(8:21:020, and Edwin Joseph Silagan with 8:44:42 clocking.
On the other hand, Preciosa Sanchez became the first female finisher after posting 8:23:36 followed by Mary Luz Shimizu with 9:08:40 and Marly Busa at third spot with 9:11:15.
A total of 78 runners made it to the cut-off time.
In Argao, the town’s Highlands Endurance Run saw Kenyans Abraham Missos and Isaac Simat with a 1-2 finish as Robert
Daang landed third.
Michael Largo also felt like a winner when he outsmarted another Kenyan, Douglas Mwiti for the fourth place as Bonifacio Monjas came out sixth while the seventh to 10th placers were Jeboy Magbologtong, Arnel Florentino, Peter Canumay, and Ian Refuela.
Mereeiz Ramirez is back on top after beating Kisha Mae Delechos in the women’s division while the young Jhean Andrin landed third.
Rounding up the top 10 list were Mary Jane Beboso, Karla Cosep,Sarale Cuizon,
Vergie Parojenog, Odiza Abellana, Merlita Arias Dunkin, and Christy Sevilleno-Tutor.
A 4-km action was also added to spice up the event with John Daryl Manos winning the men’s side followed by Marvin Lui Canada and Elvin Rey Flores while the distaff side’s top three were Mhadz Ortega, Lynette Urzua, and Mariah Jusay.
Up North, Bogo hosted the biggest and toughest triathlon race in their area.It is meant to boost their tourism industry after being hit by typhoon Yolanda last year.
At the end of the lung-busting Bogo 80-80, it was Cianyl Jamae Gonzalez and Jory Ycong who topped the battle.
Incidentally, the said event has put a stop to both Lorhiz Echavez-Lopez and Kristianne Lim’s winning streak.
Runner-turned-triathlete Jory Ycong suprised the emerging the best in the full- distance.He finished in three hours, 32 minutes and 13 seconds, way ahead of Lim who ended in 3:33:52 as Abet Biagan landed third with 3:35:13.
In the distaff side, Gonzalez also banked on a fast swim and run to defeat the decorated Lorhiz Lopez.Gonzalez finished in 4:13:36, way ahead of Lopez who ended in 4:16:04 while Louie Villacin came out third among 17 entries.
In the men’s age-groups of th full distaff, the top performers per class were Jimboy Limboran(19-under), Christian Lloyd Villanueva(20-24/ 4:16:48), Ralph Sios-e (25-29/ 3:43:46), Ralph Arche (30-34/ 3:38:28), Raymond Bontol( 35-39/4:00:15), Christian Sin(40-44/ 4:04:37)Dino Tormis (45-49/4:34:52), and Bobby Martinez-50-above.
Kim Lao dominated the women’s 20-29 class with 5:16:16,Megan Stevens in the 30-39 class with 5:05:20,and Rowena Duarte in the 40-49 with 4:56:32.
In the half-distance, it was Rashell Cabrera 2:18:48 who reigned supreme in the women’s division followed by Rachel Ngo and Siobe Arlene Yu while the men’s side’s top three were Nikko Otadoy, Alton Amor and Jose Gabriel Soberano.
Former PBB housemate-turned actor and commercial model Paul Jake Castillo also joined the battle and ended eighth overall in the half-distance with 2:20:11 and third in the 30-39 won by Roche John Duterte while Bernie Gomez topped the 29-under with 2:11:28 and Lemuel Bonilla inthe 40-bove with 2:27:34 clocking.
In the relay event, the full distance saw Team Garciano Villarosa Barlaan winning against Team Martinez-Herrera Tillor while the half-distance saw Team Tricore on top.
Aside from the action in Cebu, some Cebuanos also went for an out-of-town events with John Philip Duenas placing third in the overall standard distance while Hannah Lou Galo landed second in the distaff side.
Sherwin Managil and Elmo Clarabal, for their part, landed 2-3 spot under the male 30-39 class.
The team of Mary Joy Tabal, Mayor Pinpin Uy and Keith Ocampo dominated the relay competiton.
Aya Shlachter, for her part, topped the female sprint race as Ralph Eduard So won the male super sprint while sisters Syrah Ruth and Shaia Ruth Uy won the female 9 to 10 and super sprint female class respectively.
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