Track and Field: Catching up with Guam sprint star Tugade

Track and Field: Catching up with Guam sprint star Tugade

by Dave Ornauer
Stars and Stripes

What a long way Regine Tugade has come since her days of setting northwest Pacific high school records in track and field sprints in her high school days on Guam.

In April 2016, Tugade, then a senior at John F. Kennedy High School, traded sprint victories with Kaelyn Francis, a Kubasaki senior; Tugade won the 200 in 26.04 seconds. .01 ahead of Francis, and Francis repaid the favor by winning the 100, clocking 12.63 to Tugade’s 12.72.  Tugade set region high school records in the 100 (12.26) and 200 (25.52) as a JFK junior.

Fast forward three years. Now a junior at the Naval Academy and an Olympic hopeful next summer in Tokyo (she represented Guam at the Rio Summer Games in 2016), Tugade this week claimed one of six Patriot League Athletic Indoor Track and Field Athlete of the Week awards, the league announced Tuesday.

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