Cat’nes is 6th Runner-up in Palarong Bicol 2010 - CT

From a second place finish last year, the Catanduanes athletic delegation dropped to 6th place in the 2010 Palarong Bicol where host Camarines Norte notched the overall championship.

At the end of the seven-day sports and literary competition held, Camarines Norte obtained 519 points, followed by 1st runner-up Camarines Sur with 510.5 points; 2nd runner-up Naga City, 244; 3rd runner-up Legazpi City, 236.66; 4th runner-up Albay, 236; 5th runner-up Masbate, 207; and, 6th runner-up Catanduanes, 192 points. The overall champion, along with second and third placers, received a trophy and certificate of commendation, while the rest of the winning delegations received certificates of commendation. Masbate will the host of the 2011 Palarong Bicol.

The lean Catanduanes delegation garnered a total of nine golds, three of whom were contributed by Mark Lorenz Castro who topped the 100-meter, 200-meter and 400-meter runs in secondary (boys). Also grabbing individual golds were swimmer Julius Angulo in 100-meter breast stroke, and Bonnie Lumbao and Angelo Tatad in chess.

The other golds came from elementary baseball (champion), elementary basketball (champion), secondary volleyball (champion), chess (2 golds), and swimming.

The locals also took 23 silvers from arnis (1), secondary athletics (4), boxing (1), tennis (1), chess (6), elementary softball (1), swimming (8), and taekwondo (1). The chess and softball teams were 1st runners-up.

The 19 bronze medals came from arnis (2), elementary athletics (4), secondary athletics (3), badminton (1), boxing (1), secondary basketball (1), volleyball (1), swimming (5), and taekwondo (1). The girl swimmers in elementary took 1st runner-up honors.

Although the delegation was budgeted with P3.7 million, it was not enough to provide for adequate training and uniforms. The number of athletes were slashed, especially those with little chance of earning medals, while some of those who did join the training did so without uniforms. The two-week training likewise was inadequate, according to some coaches and trainors. (with a report by RB Manlangit/PIA CamNorte)