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Partners uniting through Unified Sports
An injured ankle for Anya Hommel, a DeKalb High School Junior acted as a blessing in disguise for her. She was initially supposed to participate on the track team of the school as an athlete this season. However, with her injured ankle, she will be taking part as a member of the recently formed Unified Track and Field Team of the school.
While stating that she felt this will give her the opportunity of making new friends, she added that she wanted to help someone else out. Of her decision of joining the team, she said that it would be a cool way to get to know students she might not have met otherwise. She also said that she would learn to open her heart and mind.Carol Fike, the sponsor of the DeKalb team explained that a Unified team is made up of 50 percent general educations students and 50 percent special education students.
Davao’s Tuba and Mendiola rule Oroquieta City
Davao City continued their strong run in the current BatangPinoy Mindanao Leg Athletics competition as Reza Tuba and Bernadette Mendiola won golds in their respective events at Mopac(Misamis Occidental Provincial Athletics Center) in Oroquieta City.Mendiola occupied the girls 13-15 high jump gold as she registered 1.38m. The gold medal was shared among 3 girls as Xylean Gayle Mariano of South Cotabato and Rona Bacus of Cagayan de Oro City attained the same height.
Marilog National High School’s Davraa Meet 2018 multiple gold winner Reza Tuba captured gold in the girls 13-15-800 metre run, clocking 2 minutes and 27.3 seconds. Annie Mary Depone of Sto. Tomas,Davao Del Porte won silver, having clocked 2:30:20 and Muerphy Dale Nangaan of Davao Del Porte won bronze,having clocked 2:35:7.However, Tuba failed to surpass her record 2:24:19, set in the just concluded Davraa Meet 2018 in Davao City.
Haley confident of pushing on to the next level
Ballineen’s Phil Healy focuses on the outdoor season after successfully completing her indoors. In the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Birmingham, which ended last weekend, the 23-year-old finished 11th overall.
Healy finished 3rd in her heat on Friday, clocking 52.75, thus qualifying for the semi-final. The latest of many milestones was achieved when Healy became the first Irish woman to qualify for 400m semi-finals at the indoor worlds. An elated Healy told reporters that she was delighted with her feat and that she went in and gave it her all and left her soul on the track.
Courtney Okolo and Maria Belimpasaki finished 1st and 2nd, having clocked 51.79 and 52.17 respectively. Healy was moved up to third after ToveaJenkins (52.42) was disqualified afterwards. Healy is having the time of her life at the moment and will now switch her attention to the outdoor season. The European Athletics Championships in Berlin will prove to be her next big test this August.