By CLYDE MARIANO
LINGAYEN, Pangasinan – Two more records were broken in athletics, even as Fil-Belgian Maureen Emily Schrijvers emerged as the first triple gold medalist in the same sport during the penultimate day of the Palarong Pambanse here.
Barefoot runner Mie Sustitueto smashed the old record in the elementary girls 3000m run with a golden effort of 10 minutes and 34.01sec. Mary Jay Campos held the previous best time of 10:40.06.
NCR’s Reymond Alferes, Roqueem Maullin, Jaime Immanuel Mejia and Nesly Terrero, likewise, reset the 19-year-old mark in the secondary boys 4x400m relay of 3:33.4 made by Southern Tagalog bets with a record of 3:30.3 in the heat event.
Central Luzon and Western Visayas also surpassed the old record with 3:31.3 and 3:31.7, respectively.
Sustitueto and the NCR quartet joined the elite class of recordbreakers this year as the six new meet marks duplicated last year’s feat in Zamboanga.
Meanwhile, 16-year-old Schrijvers clocked 25.6sec in the 200m for her third gold after topping the 100m and high jump on Thursday. She eyes for more mints when she competes in the 400m and 4x400m relay.
NCR virtually retained the overall title by dominating athletics with 12 golds, while adding 31 golds in swimming and eight golds in gymnastics.
More mints are expected to pile up the Big City’s war chest as 12 more events remaining to be contested in swimming.
In secondary boys volleyball, University of the East, representing NCR, ousted Calabarzon, 2518, 25-19, to arrange a championship meeting with Central Visayas.
NCR also defeated Eastern Visayas, 3-2, in secondary softball.