Team Cordillera garnered 47 gold, 29 silver, and 34 bronze medals for a fourth overall finish in the recent Private School Athletic Association (Prisaa) in Zamboanga City.
Leading the medal haul were the University of Baguio Cardinals with 31 gold, 22 silver, and 27 bronze medals where 16 gold, nine silver, and five bronze medals were courtesy of the archery club.
The Cardinal archers were led by grade 12 Renian Keith Nawew bagging five gold medals in the 30 meters, 50-m., 60-m., overall FITA, and the Olympic round and a silver medal in the 70-m.
He bagged another gold in the team event men with Cyrus Ebenezer Obenita and Quint Abeijah Amongan; and another team gold in the mixed event with Shanylle Samson.
Other gold medalists were archers Kathleen Yanna Marie Somera in the 30-m. and one gold in the team event women sharing it with Faith Ann Laruan and Shanylle Samson, where the latter also bagged gold in the Olympic round; and Amongan hitting gold in the 70-m.
The Cardinal archers were led by coach Jonathan delos Reyes, who also bagged the overall champion in the senior category.
The Kings College of the Philippines added 12-4-7 medals in the region’s effort, while Baguio Central University added three silver medals.
Winning the overall title was Western Visayas that won both the senior and junior divisions.
Region 6 athletes, meanwhile, topped the event with a 96-36-45 medals while Region 7 or Central Visayas amassed more medals with 195 but finished second on a 79-57-59 medal haul.
The Cordillera team ranked third in the seniors division during the event held on July 14 to 19.
The Cordillerans could have had a podium finish in youth girls beach volley, but it lost grade 11 Hilary Balaki of KCP who injured her toes during the second set of their semifinals match against Region 10.
The youth girls team is composed of KCP grade 11 Lyka Mae Dolteo and grade 11 Harriet Duday of BCU.
Region 11 or Socksargen came in third overall with a 46-61-63 haul while Region 4-B or Calabarzon ended fifth with 35-51-43 medals.
With a 29-9-8 haul, Region 9 or Western Mindanao came in sixth.
Bicol eyes to host the 2024 edition of the Prisaa, which is the annual competition for private learning institutions in the country. – Ofelia C. Empian