LEGAZPI City, Philippines – Sixteen-year-old record-breaking runner Mia Meagey Niñura of Davao is now having various offers from prestigious universities in the Philippines and in the United States.
This, after Niñura won the first gold medal in the 3,000-meter secondary (girls) event in the athletics category of the Palarong Pambansa 2016.
After clinching the gold medal, many universities are willing to have Niñura.
Recruitment offers from the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and the University of Southern California (USC) in the US poured in along the way.
Aside from these, there are also offers from different universities in Metro Manila like the University of Santo Tomas.
The young achiever exhibited and proved her skills and strength when she created a new record in the athletic game at the newly paved and constructed Albay Sports and Tourism Complex oval.
The competition became an instant news-breaking story since this is not an ordinary competition.
Niñura defeated her long-time contending rival from Northern Mindanao Region Athletic Association (NMRAA), Jian Calis, a three-time gold medalist.
Calis last year ran for about 10:10.6 and broke her own record by finishing in 10:07.8 now, making her 2nd to Niñura who clocked 10:03.4.
Camila Tubiano, also competing for NMRAA, came in third at 10:45.0.
Niñura said she played with courage and, of course, potential of winning, and that her family was her inspiration in her every game.
She also conditions her mind that she will be a winner not just for her own benefit but also as a reward to her coach.
He mother is so proud for her daughter as, she said, everything was worth the pain.
It is the first time for this student of Kapatagan National High School to bring home a gold medal in her six years of participation in the sporting event and will surely have uprightness in having one. Marife Sesor/ PNA/ northboundasia.com