LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – Joneza Mae Sustituedo highlighted Western Visayas’s dominance in the centerpiece athletics with a record-breaking performance in the 3,000-meter run — and she did it without shoes.
Sustituedo, 13, shattered a 12-year-old mark by six seconds as Western Visayas romped away in the medal-rich event to become the virtual champion in this event.
The barefoot wonder clocked in 10 minutes and 34.6 seconds in the final day of athletics here at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center to break the 2000 Palarong Pambansa record of Cagayan Valley’s Mary Jane Campos (10:40.6) set in Bacolod City.
“Nabibigatan po kasi ako kapag nakasapatos,” said Sustituedo, an incoming first year high school student at Sun Yat Sen High School in Iloilo. “Mas komportable po talaga akong nakayapak.”
Western Visayas has now 23 gold medals with six events left in the schedule.
Another Region VI bet shared the limelight Friday with as Angelica de Josef broke the old mark in the 800-m run elementary girls with the time of two minutes 18.8 seconds, topping the previous mark of 2:21.48 set by Sustituedo last year in Dapitan City.
De Josef also made new mark in the 1,500-m run on 4:49.9 clocking that surpassed the 4:53.10 old mark of Sustituedo.
But her effort was only good for a silver medal finish as Northern Mindanao’s Jie Anne Calis topped the event with a record-breaking run of 4:48.9.
Meanwhile, new track sensation Maureen Emily Schrijvers of National Capital Region copped her third gold medal in athletics after winning the 200-meter run with the time of 25.6 seconds.
She earlier won the high jump and the century dash in secondary girls.