Region 7 notches first gold in athletics

The NORSU champ is iconic with his cap on, spanning the 5000-meter distance to win the event yesterday in Antique.

Erlincito Peonila, 21, of Negros Oriental State University made mark in 5000-meter run under scorching heat despite being a first-timer at the SCUAA national stage.

Taking 15 minutes of his time, he spoke to ICPA—“padayun ra ko ug ampu samtang nagdagan.”

He anticipated a third place but was able to make it through to the finish line.

With nothing in the stomach except a couple of biscuits, he said carbo loading was done last night to get hyped up for the event that just clinched with a gold medal for him.

A BSIT major in food technology, he believed in determination in the sport he has played since he’s 8 years old.

He thanked his sponsor, a dialysis center owner in Cebu, who has given him the privilege to pursue what he does best.

Staying on track was his twin brother who fell short at the last lap.

Peonila’s experience in the Palarong Pambansa, Milo Olympics and CVIRAA somehow contributed to the stamina he used in early morning’s match at Binirayan Gym in Antique. ICPA