Roger Danolo of UST is the fastest entree with 9.45.1 in doing so becoming the CHED Champion. Also Richard Salano of UE 9.50.7, Richard Gongob of FEU 9.53.5 and Wenlie Maulas of UE 9.54.5 (if he decides to do this event) will battle for the minor medals.
This is another event were Champion Serenata Saluan could be dethroned, Serenata timed 11.49.1 at the weekly relays which was faster than her UAAP winning time. Hot on her heels is the fast improving youngster Carmyn Dalyn of FEU who dipped under 12 minutes to record 11.56.1 at the weekly relays. UST Merriam Miranda 12.09.1 and FEU Mary Ann Dela Cruz 12.10.3 are expected to battle it out for the bronze here.
FEU should continue its tradition of being over whelmingly strong in the event. Although it doesnt have big 100m Names like Lozande, Herida or Mostoles anymore. Coach Andaya has recruited a good all round team of youngsters. With alot of depth the squad includes Decathlete Jesson Ramil Cid, Jhon Rey Bardos, Joseph Dimapalis, Rolando Uberas, Abdillah Landasan and 16 year old Pearnel Lobos. ADMU after losing Sutingco, Mendoza and Banez will struggle against DLSU. The Blue Eagles team includes sprint favourite Carlo Soriano. With youngsters JB Capinpin and Franco Imperial. The power house team of DLSU features Jose Unso, Patrick Unso, Jasper Tanhueco and Mark Miranda and look to pose a strong threat to FEU.
The strong rivalry between FEU and UST will continue with FEU spear headed by 100m sprint favourite Hanelyn Loquinto and UST by Keizel Pedrina. The experience of UST may prove too strong for the youthful FEU in this event. UP is a good candidate for the Bronze with a couple of finalists in the 100 last year.
FEU will probably prove too strong for its opposition. With Bardos and Cid both running sub 50 seconds, Lobos and Landasan close. UE who have been a powerhouse have lost a few of its elder statesmen so will be relying mainly on Abraham Alzona who help them to the podium. Then its an interesting all out battle for third between UST, ADMU and DLSU with who wants it more probably filling the bronze medal spot.
UST will reign supreme in this event with all four runners Pedrina, the Banebane sisters and Sereneta Saluan all having best times of below 59 seconds. They should leave FEU a very distant second in this event, with Malacad, Geli Ann Solis and Cherylyn Lopez all sub 1 min runners.
Jesson Ramil Cid of FEU probably the rookie of the UAAP in 2011 will be the one to watch. Having broken the National Junior Record of the legendary Dario De Rosas (ex-national coach) at the 2010 National Open. Cid at 18 has one more year in the juniors and will have his hands busy with 17 events over 4 days.
Merriam Colangoy of UST will be looking to defend her title in the Heptathlon.