Baguio asserts might in regional meet

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Monday, February 10, 2014

A WOULD-be forensic scientist and a swimmer are leading the charge for Baguio’s supremacy as the penultimate day of the 2014 Cordillera Administrative Region Athletic Association comes to a close.

Fourteen year old Leah Taltala nearly missed the 1.40 meter high jump but after eating a few bite of chocolates, she made sure the gold medal in the event was hers for the taking.

The future forensic scientist capped her fifth appearance in CARAA with a gold in the high jump event after clearing the bar at 1.50 meters to win her third gold medal in the weeklong regional meet where Baguio continue to dominate.


“Gusto ko sanang i-break yung record ko na 1.55 meters na nakuha ko sa Batang Pinoy sa Bacolod kaso sinabihan na ko ng coach ko na mag cool down na lang ako,” said Taltala.

Taltala’s third gold medal in the regional meet capped Baguio’s dominance in the sporting spectacle with 119 gold medal as of 1:00 pm February 10 with 42 silver and 14 bronze medals.

The Baguio City National High School second year student earlier leaped 10.20 meters in triple jump to win the gold medal besting Kalinga's Maegan Addawe and Ifugao's Marjorie Lachaona.

Taltala also fended off fatigue as some of her co-athletes were fresh from the Batang Pinoy national finals stint in Bacolod City where they got stranded for days due to bad weather.

Bulk of Baguio’s delegate just arrived Wednesday in time for the opening of the meet Friday morning last week.

Swimmer Jenkins Lorenz Labao also took three gold medals in the ongoing regional meet by topping the 200 meter individual Medley, 400 meter medley relay, and 800 meter free style.

Runner Sisa Mae Carunungan also snatched two gold medals in the 3,000 meter run and the 800 meter dash in the ongoing meet.

Host Benguet province came in second with 12 gold medals, 32 silver and 40 bronze as Mt. Province reaps nine gold, 15 silver and 24 bronze.
Baguio’s elementary squad reaped gold medals in arnis with 10, another 10 in athletics, two in chess while swimming saw the most productive with 17 mints while tae kwon do added 12 after shutting out their opponents.

The secondary squad meanwhile added 17 in arnis, another 17 in athletics, two in chess, 19 in swimming and 10 in tae kwon do.
Bulk of Benguet’s gold medal mints were reaped in athletics (eight), swimming (two) sipa takraw and tae kwon do.

Mt. Province had five gold medals in tae kwon do (secondary), one in arnis and athletics, while its elementary squad added two gold medals in tennis, one in swimming and two more in athletics.

Apayao, who came in at surprise third last year currently sits at fourth place with five gold medals, 19 silver and 32 bronze medals.

Abra also has five gold medals, 17 silver and 32 bronze while Ifugao is in sixth with 4-20-31 medal haul with Kalinga in the seventh spot with 2-9-24.

Published in the Sun.Star Baguio newspaper on February 11, 2014.

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