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Host Cotabato Province is SRAA Meet 2017 2nd Runner- Up

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AMAS, Kidapawan City (Feb 23, 2017) – After five days of tremendous performance and competing for superiority, the Province of Cotabato, host to the biggest sports competitions in the region emerged as the 2nd Runner-Up of the recently concluded SOCCSKSARGEN Regional Athletic Association (SRAA) Meet 2017 held from February 18-22, 2017.

Cotabato delegation got 279.50 points for elementary and 248 points for secondary or high school or a total of 527.50 points and came out as the 2nd Runner – Up.

South Cotabato athletes scored 285.50 points for elementary and 429.50 points for secondary or a total of 715 and was declared the Over-all Champion besting eight other delegations.

This is a back-to back win for South Cotabato who also the over-all champion of SRAA 2016 and now holds the most number of wins in the history of SRAA where it also became the champion in 2011 and 2012.

South Cotabato athletes emerged as the champions in Football, Sepak Takraw (Junior), Volleyball for Elementary – Boys; Football, Volleyball, Athletics, and Gymnastics (WAG I and II) for Elementary – Girls; Archery, Baseball, Chess, Volleyball, and Wrestling for Secondary – Boys; Archery, Athletics, Basketball, Billiard, Sepak Takraw, Softball, Wrestling, and Wushu for Secondary – Girls.

As the champion of this year’s SRAA, South Cotabato will represent the region for the Palarong Pambansa, the biggest national sports competition featuring the finest athletes from all over the country.

General Santos City came in as 1st Runner-Up with 217 points for elementary and 404 points for high school. GenSan also shares with South Cot for the most number of wins – Champion 2010, 2013, 2014 and 2015; Koronadal City came in as the 3rd Runner-Up garnering 93.50 points and 237.50 points for elementary and high school athletes respectively or a total of 331 points.

Also putting up good performances were Sarangani Province which earned 123.67 points for elementary and 125.50 points for high school; Sultan Kudarat Province got 90.50 points for elementary and 72 points for high school; Cotabato City with 31 points for elementary and 61.50 points for high school and Tacurong City got 39.67 points for elementary and 41 points for high school.

The five-day region-wide sports event ended on the afternoon of February 22 where the awarding and closing ceremonies held at the Cotabato Provincial Sports Complex, barangay Amas, Kidapawan City.

Cotabato Governor Emmylou “Lala” J. Taliṅo-Mendoza thanked all the delegations for coming over to the province. She said the success of all the sports events was due to the collaboration and coordination of different stakeholders especially in the preparation and groundwork.

“We have worked hard for this and it’s just right to give back the honor and glory to all sectors involved especially our athletes, coaches, teachers and the entire education department”, said the governor.

For his part, Cot Schools Division Superintendent Omar Obas congratulated the winners as well as the non-winning delegations for proving once more that Region 12 or SOCCSKSARGEN athletes are bonded by sportsmanship, camaraderie and a common goal.

“It is a great feat for the region to come up with an event as big as the SRAA and as the host province we take pride in the unity of all sectors to include the education department, provincial government. LGUs, national line agencies and others”, Obas said.

Both official look forward to host SRAA once again in the next years to come. (JIMMY STA. CRUZ-PGO Media Center)

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