Sun.Star Cebu - - FRONT PAGE - RICHIEL S. CHAVEZ / Re­porter @rschavez RSC

The track and field team has ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions and lifted Cebu City in the medal tally in the first three days of com­pe­ti­tion in the 2017 Batang Pinoy Visayas Qual­i­fiers in Du­maguete City.

For the past three days, the Cebu City track­sters have raked in six gold medals to help Cebu City, which is in fourth place with 10 gold medals, 19 sil­vers and 21 bronzes af­ter Day 3.

Cebu Prov­ince is still lead­ing the medal tally with 14 gold medals, 15 sil­vers and 20 bronzes, fol­lowed by Du­maguete City with a 12-8-7 haul and Ak­lan with a 12-75 har­vest as of yes­ter­day.

Rick An­gelo Sotto of Sa­cred Heart School-Ate­neo de Cebu (SHS-AdC) pow­ered Cebu City’s surge on the tracks with four gold medals—three in the in­di­vid­ual events and one in the 4x100-meter re­lay.

The Cebu City track and field team showed its co­he­sion and

Rick An­gelo Sotto wins four gold medals, shoots for fifth gold to­day

dom­i­nated the boys’ 4x100m re­lay with run­ners Sotto, Jo­mar Cum­abig, Jake An­gelo Da­gatan and Rex Ama­mang­pang at the Gov. Mar­i­ano Per­cides Sports Com­plex yes­ter­day.

“The six gold medals is a sur­prise for us. Most of our ath­letes are begin­ners ex­cept for two or three. It ex­ceeds our ex­pec­ta­tion. We still have the 4x400m, 1,500m and 800m events (to­day),” said coach Arvin Lobera­nis.

The win puts Sotto as one of the most be­medalled ath­letes in this year’s sport­ing meet, one gold medal be­hind Ak­lan swim­mer Kyla Sogu­ilon, who has five.

“I did not ex­pect to win four gold medals. One of the most spe­cial is the re­lay event be­cause I was able to do it with my team­mates,” said Sotto, who will gun for his fifth gold medal in the 4x400m to­day.

Sotto is a vol­un­teer grass­roots coach of the Cebu City Sports Com­mis­sion (CCSC). He is also a dou­ble-gold medal­ist win­ner in the 2016 Palarong Pam­bansa in

Cebu Prov­ince still leads the stand­ings with 14-1520; Du­maguete is sec­ond

Legazpi, Al­bay.

Be­fore the 4x100 re­lay, Sotto won the triple jump while team­mate Ama­mang­pang set­tled for sil­ver. Sotto also topped the high jump and Ama­mang­pang got the sil­ver last Sun­day. Sotto also won gold in high jump while Da­gatan bagged the sil­ver last Satur­day.

“It’s a sweet win be­cause af­ter com­pet­ing in the in­di­vid­ual events, my team­mates and I were able to win gold to­gether,” said Sotto, who said his great­est goal is to make it to the na­tional team.

The other gold medal­ist for Cebu City ath­let­ics team in the third day was Shaula Fer­nelle San­ti­ago in the girls’ dis­cus throw. Cebu City also won three gold medals in karated----Nico Avila in the boys’ 14-15 ad­vance kata, Lance Gabrielle Tolero in the boys’ 14-15 in­ter­me­di­ate and Aubrey Codilla, Jus­tine Azur and Marie Pauleen Cabr­era in the girls team kata.

Cebu Prov­ince, mean­while, won the bronze medal in the 4x100 girls’ re­lay. Cebu Prov­ince also beat host team Du­maguete City, 7-2, in the elim­i­na­tion round of soft­ball event.

Seven karatekas of Cebu Prov­ince has also ad­vance to the cham­pi­onship round of the ku­mite event. /


WIN­NING PITCHER. Cebu Prov­ince’s Cherie Mae Ro­manos pitches against host Du­maguete City dur­ing their 7-2 win in soft­ball in the Batang Pinoy Visayas Qual­i­fiers at the Rusi Bau­field grounds.

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