Negros Occidental captured seven gold medals yesterday to mark its triumphant return to the Western Visayas Regional Athletic Association (WVRAA) meet at the Iloilo Sports Complex.
Jamela De Asis and Ann Katherine Quitoy of the powerhouse Negros Occidental secondary girls' athletics team led the way for the Negrenses as they registered a 1-3 finish in shot put.
De Asis hurled the iron ball to a distance of 11.76 meters to win the gold medal while Quitoy finished third with her 10.19m mark. Ma. Thea Gallego of Guimaras settled for the silver with 10.69m.
Another gold medal for Negros Occidental came from Alirex Gabriel Villanueva in elementary boys' shot put with his 9.28m mark. John Keyr Dela Vega of Capiz placed second with 8.89m while John Elias Simple of Ioilo got the bronze medal with 8.86m.
Elementary arnis delivered two gold medals for the Negros delegation as Julian Marie Oberes topped the girls' individual single weapon while Christian James Magbanua dominated the boys' individual single weapon.
Three more gold medals were added to the Negros Occidental haul as Alyssa Chavez reigned in gymnastics (WAG) Cluster 1 floor exercise and vault categories while Erica also topped the WAG Cluster 2 floor exercise and secured the bronze in the vault category. Negros' eight gold medal in Day 1 came from secondary girls' billiards.
In secondary boys' football, the STI-WNU selection mentored by coach Ian Combate split their assignments against Capiz and Iloilo,yesterday.
After a dominant 4-0 game against Capiz in yesterday's first game, the Negrense team found themselves facing defending champion Iloilo in the afternoon schedule. Iloilo won, 6-5, on penalties after a 0-0 regulation.
Combate and his team will play against the winner between Aklan and Capiz today while Iloilo aims for its second win again Antique.
Meanwhile, Negros Occidental DepEd Provincial Sports head Romeo Sison said that the secondary girls' lawn tennis team from La Carlota City is gunning for a 1-2 finish today in singles after a dominating performance in the elimination round.
Sison also debunked reports that Negros Occidental's athletes were hit by diarrhea and were hospitalized. He said all their athletes are okay except for a few who has the flu symptoms.*NAB
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