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Agueda duo finishes one-two in opener
MANY of the island's public school athletes made their way to L.P. Untalan Middle School in Tiyan yesterday afternoon to join in the season opener of the Interscholastic Middle School Cross Country League.
With all schools running simultaneously, it was anyone's guess on who would come out on top on opening day. The girls took to the 1.5 mile course first and family, friends and fans who came out to support were treated to a great run by the young ladies.
“It’s my first time ever competing in a cross country meet, it feels good to be part of this and to know what it feels like,” said IMS Lady Warrior Amber Mendiola.
In the final stretch of the race, it was a battle between the Pirates as teammates Johnecia Mendiola and Janiko Gogue fought for the top spot. When the red uniforms crossed the line, it was Mendiola who clocked in two seconds quicker than Gogue. The two Pirate runners finished in 9:16 and 9:18, respectively.
While the race was shaping up to be a one, two, three finish for Agueda, Jose Rios runner Elizabeth Quintanilla denied any chances as she finished third overall with a time of 9:39. Quintanilla beat out Agueda's Adrianna Dupriest by a mere four seconds. Rounding out the top five for the girls was Astumbo's Maria Ollat. Ollat finished in 9:50.
Head to head
After several years of not fielding a team, the Inarajan Warriors were looking to win their first meet in quite some time as they took on the Astumbo Dragons. Shortly after the duo of Ollat and Jasmine Magsonbol crossed the finish line for the Dragons, the Lady Warriors made for an exciting match as they pushed three runners across. Twin sisters Gabrielle and Danielle Cruz along with teammate Dariana Lujan led the way for Inarajan. The siblings completed the race in 10:42 and 11:11, respectively, while Lujan finished in 11:20. The Warriors fell a bit short as Astumbo had their final three runners come in to give them a slim 26-30 victory.
“We didn’t win today, but we did really well and just being able to finish the race as a whole is all worth it for our team. It’s been a long time since Inarajan has had a team,” Mendiola said.