Connect with us

Running/Track

RECORD BREAKING TUGADE EMBRACING FINAL YEAR

Guam’s ‘Queen of Speed’ Regine Tugade is running her way into the record books at Navy and the senior sprinter is locked in to finish the year strong.

(photo by Michael Garcia)

By Robert Balajadia

Guam’s ‘Queen of Speed’ Regine Tugade has already proven to be the fastest female in the Marianas, but the now senior Navy Track & Field star is adding more record breaking performances to a growing resume. Just last weekend, Tugade became the fastest 200m sprinter in school history after clocking a 24.31, breaking a record she previously held, but had to reclaim.

Tugade had previously set the record in February of 2019 with an impressive 24.46, but while setting a new record in the 60m of 7.57, her freshman teammate broke the 200m record. Regine had always previously aimed to lower down her 24.46, but she was even more motivated to do so in 2020. And for Regine, finding a competitive drive within her own team is something she often preaches.

“One of the messages I emphasize greatly to my team was that in order to reach our team goals, we had to “be selfish” in our own individual right. This means that I wanted our girls to not only compete against the other team, but to compete against each other. We are never complacent, and that’s how we get better as a whole. And following my own message, I came into our home meet last week Friday with a mission and a goal: reclaim my record,” stated Regine via phone messaging.

Guam’s Regine Tugade is running faster than ever in her final year at Navy. (photo by Emily Cyphers)

Tugade has come a long way since being a star-struck freshman in her first season running for Navy. Seeing the record holders for her school had her aspiring to reach those times one day, igniting the drive for an already highly-motivated sprinter.

“When I was a freshman, I would look at the Navy records and would make it my goal to eventually run that fast, but also knew it would not only take a lot of time, but it would require a whole lot of hard work. The school records were faaar from the times I’ve ever run before. It wasn’t discouraging, but rather motivating because of how amazing it would be to be able to run that fast,” said Tugade.

And even if she was never able to grab those records, Regine just wanted to show out for her tiny island.

“I just wanted to get faster even if it was still far from the school records, because in hindsight, I would still be making Guam proud. I saw a huge progression in my sophomore year, and the school records became more and more realistically attainable,” added Tugade.

Now, she holds the Navy’s indoor record for the 60m (7.57) and 200m (24.31) and the outdoor 100m (11.82).

Running with seniority

Tugade’s final year with the Navy has her running with a sense of urgency as she’s also preparing for the 2020 Olympics after making her debut back for Guam in Rio back in 2016. Regine reflected on her final season and love of the sport with reassurance that her time running is far from finished.

“I worked hard so that I can have the opportunity to get better and have the resources needed to succeed within an arm’s reach. This being my last year to compete at the Collegiate Division I level is surely NOT bittersweet, it’s just bitter (insert sad face). My passion and love for the sport is unending and though this may be my last season running in college, I don’t see myself stopping any time soon. I’m ecstatic to be starting my career as a Naval Officer very soon, but I may slow down for a while until I figure out how I can still train while fulfilling my military duties. In other words, I don’t know when I’ll be making my next debut following the end of my collegiate career, but Guam will not see my track retirement for a long time!”

Regine’s Goals for 2020 as told by her

Next goals in a nutshell: Break more records and make it to the Olympics!

Very short term: The goal is for our team to win conference championships this weekend, come home with some individual medals, and maybe drop another PR and Guam/Navy Record in the 60m. 

Kinda short term: Outdoor season!!! Break the Navy Records (and in doing so, break the Guam Records) in the 100m and 200m, and try to make NCAA Regional Championships with my lovely 4x100m team.

Medium term: Come home after graduation, continue training, and hopefully get chosen to compete at the Olympics, and if I get it, drop my 100m time even more :-). In the middle of training for that, I hope to work and train very closely with any Guam athletes as a resource and spread the knowledge I’ve been blessed to receive the last four years at Navy. 

Regine has a full sprint mindset as she finishes her senior season at Navy as well as preparing to represent Guam in the upcoming Tokyo 2020 Olympics. (photo by Phil Hoffman)

Ad

GPS Sports Calendar

June

July 2020

August
SU
MO
TU
WE
TH
FR
SA
28
29
30
1
2
3
4
Events for July

1st

No Events
Events for July

2nd

No Events
Events for July

3rd

No Events
Events for July

4th

No Events
5
6
7
8
9
10
11
Events for July

5th

No Events
Events for July

6th

No Events
Events for July

7th

No Events
Events for July

8th

No Events
Events for July

9th

No Events
Events for July

10th

No Events
Events for July

11th

No Events
12
13
14
15
16
17
18
Events for July

12th

No Events
Events for July

13th

No Events
Events for July

14th

No Events
Events for July

15th

No Events
Events for July

16th

No Events
Events for July

17th

No Events
Events for July

18th

No Events
19
20
21
22
23
24
25
Events for July

19th

No Events
Events for July

20th

No Events
Events for July

21st

No Events
Events for July

22nd

No Events
Events for July

23rd

No Events
Events for July

24th

No Events
Events for July

25th

No Events
26
27
28
29
30
31
1
Events for July

26th

No Events
Events for July

27th

No Events
Events for July

28th

No Events
Events for July

29th

No Events
Events for July

30th

No Events
Events for July

31st

No Events

Foody’s 5 Fun Facts

St. John’s Knight Aarman Sachdev

Polls

Would you like to see the first ever 2020 Fantasy Baseball Drafted teams compete against each other?

View Results

DID U KNOW?

Since forming the GNYFF in 2009, the league has never gone without a season until 2020. The league announced their plans to cancel the 2020 season amidst the COVID-19 pandemic.

COMING SOON …

ALL SPORTING EVENTS HALTED DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS ISSUE

QUICK HITS

Former Guam resident and UFC fighter Jon Delos Reyes received his jiu-jitsu black belt in Las Vegas from Professor Raul Jimenez. Congratulations JDR!

More in Running/Track