Don Antonio Marcelo Santillan and Arlene Uyammi topped the field of 42K runners participating in the fifth edition of the Sagada Marathon last August 5, 2018 at Sagada, Mountain Province.
Santillan, who previously finished second in the 21K category of the 2017 The Last Stand of Yamashita Trail Run, crossed the tape at the 6:15:55 mark to come some eight minutes ahead of Joseph Gentoleo, who clocked 06:23:20, and Charlie Guzman, who arrived at the finish line at the 07:05:19 mark.
On the other hand, Uyammi was the first female runner to check in, ninth overall. She had crossed the finish line with a time of 07:53:18. She added this first place finish in her growing hardware of Team Malaya events podium finishes that include a gold during the 2017 The Last Stand of Yamashita Trail Run and a silver each during the 2014 Rice Terraces Marathon and the 2014 Benguet Gold Rush Marathon.
Cecilia Kiswa finished second, clocking 08:13:23, and Marcelina Ongan, with a time of 08:43:31. Kiswa was the 13th overall finisher while Ongan came in 15th oveall.
Meanwhile Ronel Ventura and Ligaya Ayan took top honors for the 25K category while Godfrey Farnican and Sunshine Wanawan were second to none in the 12K category.
Ventura clocked 03:34:19 to finish ahead of Jephunneh Anegyao, who checked in at the 04:04:20, and Jojie Daga-as, who has a time of 04:04:38.
Ayan, who placed second in the 2017 Rice Terraces Marathon, finished the route in about 5 hours, the tenth overall 25K runner to cross the finish line.
She was followed by Nonalyn Garcia, the 13th overall finisher with a time of 05:14:05, and Viel Valdez, the 23rd overall finisher with a time of 05:35:52.
Farnican was literally the first runner to break the tape, arriving at the 01:23:24 mark. He was trailed by Felix John Gansoen, who clocked 01:39:54, and Isaiah B. Didican, who arrived at the 01:40:05 mark.
Wanawan was the first female on record to arrive, and the 16th runner overall, checking in at the 01:53:49. She was trailed by Hazel Pespes, who was the 21st overall finisher and had a time of 02:03:10, and Jennifer Paladio with a time of 02:14:52, finishing 26th overall.
Up next for Team Malaya is the Last Stand of Yamashita Marathon in Kiangan, Ifugao this September 9, 2018.
By: ARMANDO BOLISLIS
Banner photo: CHAMP AGAIN. Arlene Uyammi, posing with Race Director Stephen Felices after finishing first during the Sagada Marathon, takes home another podium finish in a Team Malaya event. Photo grabbed from Stephen Felices’ Facebook timeline.