DID YOU KNOW? Mark Nonoy first showcased his speed on the track oval
Norman Lee Benjamin Riego on May 14, 2020 04:31 PM
(Photo by Arvin Lim)
Mark Nonoy's feet are elite.
In the go-go guard, University of Sto. Tomas has the perfect spearhead for its run-and-gun game.
Why? Because Nonoy is great at running and gunning.
And according to the 5-foot-8 primetime playmaker, he is great at running and gunning because he was born to be great at it. "Inborn ata sa akin 'to e," he said, with a laugh, to sportswriter Cedelf Tupas in last week's Crossover podcast.
There's truth to that, however, as apparently, Nonoy's parents are very much into sports themselves.
His father plays basketball while his mother was actually a track-and-field athlete when she was a student.
That's why, indeed, genetics played a part in the 20-year-old's elite feet.
While he may have been born with it, he still had to work hard so that he could realize his potential.
And apparently, Nonoy's first days in sports were not spent on the basketball court, but rather, the track oval. "Nung elementary pa ako, nag-try out ako ng track. 'Di pa kasi ako mahilig mag-basketball nun kasi sobrang liit ko, pero sobrang bilis ko na," he shared.
He then continued, "Nag-try ako mag-track tapos naisip ko, pwede ako rito kasi nga ambilis ko. Ayun, naglaro ako sa inter-school."
Alongside his two older brothers, the Ilonggo competed for his school in events such as the 100m dash. "Naaalala ko, ang sarap sa pakiramdam nun kasi naisip ko, halos parang yung laro lang namin na habulan," he said.
His time on the track oval didn't last long, though, as he transitioned into basketball when he reached Grade 4.
And so, unlike mama Elena, Mark never became a true track-and-field athlete.
Still, he looks back to those days on the track oval as a good start for where he is today. "Nung bata pa ako, takbo lang nang takbo kaya rin nasanay yung stamina ko sa pagtakbo," he said.
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