At the end of the tournament it was clear that FEU continued its very strong and proud history at the 73RD UAAP held at Ultra in Pasig by emerging outright champions in the Mens and Womens Divisions.
EL CID TRULY THE KING OF KINGS AT THE UAAP
FEU Jesson Ramil Cid rightly earned the Mens MVP award. Cid performance is the performance of the meet with a decathlon record of 6134 pts, which break his own uaap record and national junior record (6094 pts) it also puts him ahead of Dario De Rosas career best of 6125. Even more remarkable is the fact that Cid took on 7 individual events and 2 relays on top of the Decathlon. Sure the two extra days rest would have helped. But the Cid will be incredibly exhausted on the conclusion of the meet. Cid was also able to improve his personal best in several individual events aswell ontop of a busy workload. The talented 19 year old coached by Rosito Andaya and Jojo Posadas in the years to come is expected to be a dominant power in the Decathlon. His performance places him #7 on the Alltime list, the record being held by Fidel ‘Toto’ Gallenero with 6963 points.
WILSON SORES TO NEW HEIGHTS: SHATTERS THE UAAP RECORD
Their was never a doubt leading into this competition that Andrew Wilson (a foreign student at DLSU), was going to emerge the champion of the Mens High Jump.
Wilson the Uni Games Champion at Dumaguete who set his best jump there at 1.95m was the clear favourite for the gold. It wasnt a question of where he would place but how high he could jump. Clear predictions were the tall 20 year old might surpass the 2.00m mark. In a talk with Wilson before the UAAP he indicated with me he would be delighted to jump 2.00m. However he surprised his self and his delighted mother by leaping 2.03m. His nearest opponent way back at 1.85, meant Wilson was leaping by himself cheered on by the croud at Ultra.
The jump places Wilson #10 on the all time list. tied with two other 2.03m jumpers who due to setting the same performance years earlier are rated #8 and #9. He moves one ahead of RTU Coach Elmer Reyes who has a life time best of 2.02m.
Compared to the current best jumpers, Wilson joins the 2.00m+ club of 3. Which includes WIT Manuel Lasangue Jr. 2.07m the 2010 National Champion and Reycris Capispan of RTU 2.05m the 2009 national champion. Good news for the Mens High Jump in the Philippines as even in the days of national record holder now coach Sean Gueverra 2.17m (90s and 00s) and National Junior Record Holder Luis Juico 2.16m (80s). There were never 3 jumpers over 2m in the same season.
Sprint Doubles for Loquinto and Soriano
Pre Race favourites Carlo Soriano of ADMU and Hanelyn Loquinto of FEU lived upto expectations by securing the Mens and Womens 100/200 double respectively. While there was never any doubt from Carlo who won the 100m by 3m and 200m by 2m. While Hanelyn Loquinto on the other hand had some nail biting finishes with a blanket finish over Luville Data-on, less than .1 seconds seperating the first 4, before holding off the challenge of Keizel Pedrina of UST in the 200m 25.5 to 25.6
Meanwhile Keizel Pedrina of UST had to dig deep in the 400m to over haul Josie Malacad (FEU) 57.3 to 57.4. Malacad looking like an odds on favourite for the gold in at the Junior National Open. Pedrina avenged a very close defeat to Malacad at the weekly relays 2 weeks ago. In the 800m the 19 year old Malacad won in a personal best 2m15 for the 800m (4s PB), over Keizel Pedrina 2m17 (also 4s PB).
In the Mens 400m Jhon Rey Bardos (FEU) showed the type of class that will allow him to defend his Junior title next May with a personal best 49.2 seconds in the 400m. Al Gerion Bugarin continued a very proud legacy of throwers for Ateneo winning the Mens Shotput, and becoming the first rookie in Ateneo’s History to win a gold medal. Jose Unso (DLSU) claimed the fancied 110m Hurdles crown from a class field while Jesson Ramil Cid erased the 400m Hurdles record with a 53.1 effort.
Mary Ann Dela Cruz (FEU) scored a big personal best winning the 1500m 4.55.4, first time under 5 minutes. While team mate Dalyn Carmen just proved too dominant in the distance events with wins in the 5k,10k and 3ks (setting a new record in 3ks in doing so). Kenneth Grace Ferrera (the younger sister of multiple SEA Games Hammer Champion Arnel Ferrera) also won 3 golds in the Hammer, Shotput and Hammer. Conceding the other throwing medal to Micah Sibayan of ADMU in the Discus, who threw a massive 2m personal best of 36.47m which makes her the front runner for the national title come May. In the womens Triple Jump Palaro Record Holder Felyn Dolloso won by the narrowest of margins with a 11.80m leap, just edging Aleah Gatmaitan of UE 11.79m. Gatmaitan a talented junior showed she is the front runner for the Junior 100m Hurdle title by running a slick 15.2 (15.1 in the heats) to finish second behind Vienna Mae Banebane of UST 15.1.