Baguio City—Camarines Sur bet Mary Grace Joson raised the curtain of the 2018 Batang Pinoy National Championships yesterday by winning the first gold in the Baguio City National High School track and field here.
Joson, a 15-year-old Grade 9 student of Camsur Sports Academy, bested her rivals in the girls’ discus throw after posting 26.87m on her second attempt.
“Masaya po ako sa panalo ko,” said Joson, who qualified after finishing third in the Luzon leg held in Vigan, Ilocos Sur late last year.
Janine Ledina of Zambales Province heaved 26.64m to settle for silver, while Althea Guadalupe of General Santos took home the bronze in 26.54m.
In swimming, four tankers made their presence felt after each scooping two gold medals on the first day of action.
Roz Ciaralene Encarnacion of Laguna Province captured the girls’ 12-under 200-meter individual medley in 2 minutes and 40.97 seconds and then went back to rule the girls’ 12-under 50m breaststroke in 37.33sec.
Encarnacion, a 13-year-old student from Alaminos Integrated National High School, guns for her third gold when she competes in the 200m breast. She still has two events tomorrow in 200m free and 100m breast.
Lucena City’s Markus Johannees De Kam dominated the boys’ 12-under 100m freestyle (59.11sec) and the 50m backstroke (32.27sec), while teammate Mervien Jules Mirandilla won in the boys’ 13-15 100m free (58.38sec) and 100m butterfly (59.92sec).
Althea Michel Baluyot of Quezon City also took centerstage by prevailing in the girls’ 13-15 100m free (1:01.16) and 100m fly (1:06.98).