Eagles soar through 200m qualifier


The middle school and high school qualifiers for the 2021 Public School System All Schools Track and Field Championship continued last Tuesday at the Oleai Track and Field. (Contributed Photo)

Grace Christian Academy Eagles swept the 200m qualifiers of the 2021 Public School System All Schools Track and Field Championship in both divisions of the 14U category at the Oleai Track and Field last Tuesday.

The 14U Eagles eased past foes in the boys 200m event behind Jasper Hall, who recorded a time of 26:79; followed by fellow Eagle Joseph Pangelinan, who came in at 27:95. Completing the Top 3 was Franz Abadilla of DanDan Middle School who finished at 28:29.

The 14U Lady Eagles refused to be outshone with Ella Hall topping the 200m qualifier with a time of 31:80 and Fiona Reagan who came in at 32:55. Rounding up the Top 3 was Mia Ysabella Abuan who came in at 32:74.

The Eagles also prevailed in the boys 14U long jump qualifier behind Hall with a distance of 5.03m. At second place was DMS’ Abadilla with a jump of 5m. GCA’s Pangelinan landed the third-place spot with a distance of 4.80m.

The Lady Turtles, however, dominated the 14U qualifier with a distance of 3.7m, followed closely by Saipan International School’s Irin Chung, DMS’ Patty Mendiola, and Saipan Community School’s Abbie Kim with similar distances of 3.52m.

Meanwhile in the 14U 800m event, ACS’ Peter Peng took the lead with a time of 2:40, but shared the same time as second place Nolan Ngewakl of Tanapag Middle School. SCS’ Elijah Ye completed the Top 3 with a time of 2:51.18.

SCS dominated the girls 14U 800m event behind Abbie Kim who completed the qualifier with a time of 3:37, followed by schoolmate Morgan Finco who came in at 3:45. TMS’ Destinee Decena made the Top 3 with her time of 3:56.

In the 14U discuss qualifier, SIS took the lead behind Casey Chambers who submitted a distance of 23.60m followed by ChaCha Oceanview Middle School’s Manuel Babauta at 22.70m and Luke Lizama at 21.85m.

Also topping the 200m event in the boys 18U division was Bill Li of ACS with a time of 25:58 and Eason Tang less than a minute later who came in at 26:03. Rounding up the Top 3 was Salvatore Gotti of Saipan Southern High School with a time of 26:44.

The Lady Manta Rays prevailed in the girls 18U 200m qualifier with Casey Cruz who recorded a time of 30:24. She was tailed by Erin Frink of MCS who came in at 30:33 while SIS’ Tybacco Mauryzon came in a split second later at 30:82.

In the boys 18U of the 800m, the Turtles continue to prevail with Ray Qi finishing the course the fastest with a time of 2:25, followed by fellow Turtle Abraham Zhu who came in 2:27. MHS’ Sildrey Veloria rounded up the Top 3 with a time of 2:29.

Meanwhile in the girls division of the same qualifier, SIS’ Tiana Cabrera came in at 2:48, followed by the Eunice Xu of ACS who submitted a time of 2:51. Coming in just 7 seconds late was Lady Dolphin Asaka Litulumar at 2:58.

Topping the boy 18U long jump was MHS’ Craig Padayao with a distance of 5.96m, followed by Kagman High School’s Francisco Kumuch with a distance of 5.8m. Lance Sablan made Top 3 with a leap of 5.59.

ACS’ Sally Wu topped the girls 18U long jump with a distance of 4.42m, followed by SSHS’ Cruz who recorded a distance of 4.31m.

KHS swept the 18U discuss event behind Kumuch and Maria Rasa with Kumuch submitting a distance of 29.65m and Rasa with a distance of 20.90m.

Kimberly B. Esmores | Reporter
Kimberly Albiso Bautista has covered a wide range of news beats, including the community, housing, crime, and more. She now covers sports for the Saipan Tribune. Contact her at kimberly_bautista@saipantribune.com.
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