At last week’s Boys and Girls’ Championships, the St Elizabeth Technical High School (STETHS) pair of Rayon Butler and Jauavney James surprised their rivals with a one-two finish in the Class One 800 metres.According to STETHS coach, Reynaldo Walcott, the choice to target gold in that event rested on careful study and preparation. Regarding Butler, he cited the decision to do just one individual event as a key factor.After Butler and James had produced the fastest Class One 800m times – 1 minute 50.24 seconds and 1:50.27 – at Champs since 1990, Walcott revealed that he had carefully watched the performances of Tyrese Reid of Spot Valley High School and of the St Jago High duo of Leon Clarke and Joel John-Pierre.He noted that Reid had run well early in the season and improved to 1 minute 51.11 seconds at the Carifta Trials. However, Walcott observed, “When I saw him at the Carifta Trials, I got the impression that they couldn’t go any faster based on how I looked at them.”He made a similar assessment of the St Jago boys at Central Championships. After seeing John-Pierre obstruct fast-finishing Christiana’s Agerian Jackson to preserve a lead held by Clarke, he deduced, “When I saw that they did, it still struck me as they seemed to be hitting a wall.”They seemed to be struggling to go faster than the 1:52,” was his verdict of a race won by Clarke, a 2015 World Under-18 800m finalist, in 1:52.46.That seemed to cement the decision to constrain Butler, a former Champs winner at 1500 metres for Holmwood Technical High School, to run only the 800m.”So when I looked at everything and based on how training was going, I told myself that if Butler does just one event he would have a shot at it because he would approach that race with fresh legs compared to others who would feel the need to double,” Walcot said on Monday.James did double in the 800 and the 400 metre hurdles, but the coach explained, “James has proven that he can do the double or at least handle the double in the past.”Walcott’s view was spot on target. as Reid, arrived at Champs with an injury niggle, Clarke and 1500m winner Akeen Colley of Rusea’s all did the 800/1500 double.James had the lead throughout most of the final with a fast-finishing Butler edging home on the line.”When the race ended, I was happy that they came 1-2.” Nevertheless, he had one reservation.”I couldn’t say I was happy that Butler won … because I coach both of them and I have a soft spot for both of them,” he confessed.
PBA: Another rookie stars as Trevis Jackson leads Meralco past Blackwater Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Philippine Army to acquire MANPADS, self-propelled howitzers Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MANILA, Philippines—It’s the end of the road for University of Santo Tomas’ firecracker Cherry Rondina and she promised that she would bring a lot more intensity the floor come the UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.ADVERTISEMENT “Of course we’ll have to work for this.”Rondina added that even though she’s won almost every competition she’s been in, her goal is to just stay in the present especially since Season 81 would be her last with UST.The 5-foot-7 open spiker was part of the Petron team that captured the 2018 Grand Prix and All-Filipino titles in the Philippine Superliga and was also the leader of the UST side that went perfect in the Season 81 beach volleyball tournament.“I’m just living in the present right now and I’m not focusing on too far ahead because I don’t want to get trapped,” said Rondina. “This is my last year in the UAAP, with UST, so it’s still Go USTe!”“Actually I’m still not ready to leave but this is life and there are exits so we have to finish this strong.”ADVERTISEMENT Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Rondina made a name for herself by being a high-scoring explosive machine and she’s not slowing down one bit in her final collegiate year.“Of course I’ll still give everything in my play, that won’t ever be gone,” said Rondina in Filipino during the Golden Tigresses’ practice Thursday at UST’s Quadricentennial Pavilion.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsRondina, nicknamed Cherry Bomb, used her volatile energy into becoming Season 80’s Best Scorer after averaging 21.14 points per game, but her unbridled effort was also too high of a bar that her teammates sometimes failed to emulate.“I just hope that we work together, everyone cooperates, and everything will work out fine this season,” said Rondina. “I pray, always, that we can finally get this season, because everyone knows we’ve been aiming for that.” In fight vs corruption, Duterte now points to Ayala, MVP companies as ‘big fish’ LATEST STORIES Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next View comments