LINGAYEN---Despite being third in the elementary division and seventh in the secondary overall ranking, Pangasinan athletes became a potent force in the field of athletics in the just concluded 13th Milo Olympic last August 1 at the Narciso Ramos Sports and Civic Center here.
After three days of action, Pangasinan team came up with a strong finish grabbing the number 1 post in various games in athletics like 100-meter run, 110- meter hurdles, 4x100- meter relay, 4x400- meter relay long jump, high jump shot-put, and discuss throw. The team also bagged the top post in volleyball, sipa, lawn tennis, table tennis and chess.
Telbang Elementary School of Alaminos City emerged the best in athletics after garnering first place in both elementary boys and girls division while Alaminos National High School and Telbang National High School wrapped the second slots in the secondary boys and secondary girls division, respectively.
Homegrown table tennis athletes also earned honors for the province after Clark Educational Center in San Carlos City and Bani West Central School captured the top slots for the elementary boys and girls divisions with Binmaley School of Fisheries topping the secondary boys division. Labrador National High School placed third in the secondary girls division.
Other participating institutions in Pangasinan that emerged victorious in the different sports events were Cabuyao Elementary School (Bolinao) and Pangapisan Elementary School (Lingayen) for volleyball boys and girls; Alos Elementary School (Alaminos) for elementary boys in sipa; San Carlos College (secondary boys division for chess); and Mother Goose Special School (Dagupan City) for lawn tennis elementary girls division.
Milo Olympics is the country’s biggest inter-school junior sports competition which gathered athletes from Regions 1,2,3 and the Cordillera Autonomous Region including participants from international schools and other schools in Bulacan. A total of 83 schools throughout the province participated in the said competition.
Meanwhile, Modesto Operaña, Sports Consultant of the provincial government, earlier said on behalf of Governor Amado T. Espino, Jr. that sports and youth development is one of the priority thrusts of the present administration that is aimed to transform the young generation into well-rounded and sports oriented individuals.
Tess Bernardino, Milo Sports Organizer, on the other hand, thanked Governor Espino for his untiring support on the said event which she dubbed, “an avenue for strengthening ties among the competing teams.” (PIO/Chona C. Bugayong)