Philippine Air Force (PAF) member Sonny Wagdos and senior college student Mae Barit emerged as the 21K winners in the Davao leg of the 40th National Milo Marathon on Sunday morning.
Veteran racer Wagdos, who was last year’s cham-pion in the same division, defended his title after he finished the race at one hour and 16 minutes.
He maintained a one-minute lead with closest rival second placer, Michale Jan Echalico who clocked in at 1:17, followed by Arlan Arbois (1:19), Gilbert Maluyo (1:20) and Marcelo Ecalner (1:24).
Unlike in his previous races, Wagdos told repor-ters on Sunday the race was difficult this time as he had to take a rest from training for about a month after suffering from a foot injury while in Manila.
In the Women’s divi-sion, first-time 21K runner Barit, who clocked one hour and 51 mins., said the sloping terrain and the slippery road had her endu-rance tested to its limits.
Barit is a senior student at Holy Cross of Davao College (HCDC).
The 21K racers started at SM Lanang Premier, then turned right to JP Laurel Avenue, then to to R. Castillo St., then to Dacudao Ave., and then to Diversion Rd. and back.
“Medyo naglisod ko tungason ang ruta. Pa-dulong pa lang sa (diver-sion road.) Buhangin, medyo nagcramps ang akoang duha ka bagtak pero nakarecover man ko, nakaya naman nako siya. (I had difficulty running along the sloping route along Diversion Road. I had minor cramps but I recovered and made it),” she said.
Madelyn Carter fi-nished second at one hour and 53 minutes, followed by Olive Firmeza (1: 54), April Rose Curato (1:59) and Hedda Piola (2:01).
Wagdos and Barit, however, failed to beat the 1:15 cut-off time to qualify for the 42 Milo Marathon National Finals on Decem-ber 4 in Iloilo City.
Agustin Ychon topped the 10K men’s division, clocking 35 minutes and 20 seconds and maintaining only a few seconds lead with closest rival Joerge Andrade who clocked 35 minutes and 23 seconds.
Jorge Esquirida finished third place, Gilbert Masibay fourth and Joseph Aligarbes fifth.
In 10K women’s divi-sion, Diana Memoracion finished at 43 minutes and 37 seconds, followed by Kim Glydell Barot (second) Jeralden Madayam (third) Joylyn Quirante (fourth) and Mary Joy Ramos (fifth). Anthony L. Colina IV/MindaNews