Western Visayas tops nat’l PRISAA medal tally

WVPRISAA table tennis team represented by Central Philippine University (CPU) Golden Lions wraps up the National PRISAA 2019 with gold medals at Davao Doctor’s College in Davao City. (Edwin Caro Laru-an)

WITH few games remaining in the National Private Schools Athletic Association (PRISAA) 2019, Western Visayas is likely to top the competition in Davao City.

Region 6 already bagged 116 gold, 94 silver, and 64 bronze medals in the last day of the national games.

The youth division has 77 gold, 29 silver, and 31 bronze medals, while the senior division garnered 39 gold, 65 silver, and 33 bronze medals.

Tracksters from the region won the most number of gold medals.

The team was led by players from Western Institute of Technology (WIT) who bagged five medals on opening day. Aside from Ezel Divinagracia’s gold medal in tertiary women’s 400-meter hurdles, her schoolmate Ronald Lacson also captured gold in tertiary men’s javelin throw.

Jhonna Rose Sajonia clinched the gold medal in tertiary women’s javelin throw, while John Francis Biñas added gold in tertiary men’s high jump. Lorena Damaco, on the other hand, bagged silver in tertiary women’s 100-meter hurdles.

Also winning gold medals for Western Visayas were Arjay Mendrez of University of St. La Salle-Bacolod in tertiary men’s 100-meter dash and Dan Angelo Demontaño of Central Philippine University (CPU) in tertiary men’s 100-meter hurdles.

St. Therese-MTC Colleges stalwart Renzy Gamolaga settled for a silver medal in the tertiary men’s discus throw, while USLS’s Edilyn Batiancila of won silver in tertiary women’s shot put.

Thanya Ibasco and Antonette Jay Aguillon finished second in the tertiary women’s discus throw and secondary girls’ long jump, respectively.

Western Visayas team also ruled the table tennis games. In secondary girls, Ilonggas Clarice Thalia Gomez, Clarissa Byeen Gomez, Ann Nicole Oliva, Levee Marie Oliva, and Jan Ashley Vicencio took home the gold medal.

The secondary boys composed of Centralians John Romel Baria, Rem Francis Caoyonan, Joshua Chavez, Allan Noel Gayoso, and Nathan Kahli Macavinta also topped the tournament.

WVPRISAA shutters led Kerr and Kenneth Longno of Negros, Jaylord Nicor and Earl Joseph Carballo also brought home gold medals.

The tertiary women’s squad from Iloilo Doctors College represented by Sabrina Layson, Stacey Layson, and Angelyn Nualla also scored gold medals.

As to the medal tally, Central Visayas (Region 7) is second place with 99 gold, 77 silver, and 45 bronze medals. It claimed the top spot in the senior division with 66 gold, 45 silver, and 34 bronze medals. They also ranked second in the youth division with 33 gold, 32 silver, and 11 bronze medals.

Davao City is in third place with 36 gold, 49 silver, and 63 bronze medals.

Cordillera Administrative Region (CAR) is in fourth place with 30 gold, 34 silver, and 20 bronze medals while Bicol Region (Region 5) has 28 gold, 21 silver, and 30 bronze medals.