Micronesian Games- Day #1

Alii from Palau! Team Guam after a full day of competition is proud to announce that at the end of the day we secured six medals to include one gold, one silver and four bronze medals.

With one of the biggest squads (22 athletes) the Guam Track and Field Team opened up their first day of competition bright and early at 6am with a 10k road race.  Team Guam was able to capture four medals in the event with Derek Mandell (37:48.44) and Napu Castro (39:39.58) coming in first and third in the males division and Rico Flores coming in fifth with a time of 42:33.82

For the females, veteran Nicole Layson took silver with a time of 47:21.29 and 15 year old Newbie Sheena Subido squeezed in to take home the bronze in the event with a time of 54:43.  With the successful morning our Guam Track and Field squad was the first Guam Team to secure Micronesia Games medals which are at this point ripe for the picking.

The very rainy opening day consisted of sprints, middle distance, jumps and throws. Our sprinters led by junior athlete Naomi Burke(13.41) were pitted against a very tough field. Burke was the only member to advance to the finals with the second best time in the semi-finals, our three male sprinters will look to the 200 meter event for redemption.

In the field events Genie Gerardo(26.99) and Albert Juan were able to pick up a bronze medal a piece. Gerardo took third in the women’s discus with teammate Aiko Imbat (22.33) placing fourth followed by April Gerardo (22.09). Juan was able to pick up his bronze in the triple-jump.

The tail end of the competition consisted of the 800 meter run and the 400 hurdles. All three of our male 800 meter runners advanced to the finals the following day. The squad consisted of Derek Mandell(2:05.10), Michael Gaitan(2:04.86) and Keith Muna(2:08.18).

In the 400 hurdles Jeofry Limtiaco led the Guam contingency with a time of (62.61) followed by Malenckov Towai (63.36) and Michael Herreros(67.22). Limtiaco and Towai were able to advance to the finals the following day.


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The Guam Track & Field Association exists to:

  1. Develop the framework for athletes to participate competitively at international and regional events.
  2. Promote the development of new athletes through local, developmental, and regional events.
  3. Assist in the development of coaching expertise on Guam to raise the performance level of Athletics.
  4. Develop officiating in the sport of Track & Field to maintain expertise for professionally managed track, cross-country, and road race events.