Undoubtedly one of the most exciting events of any track meets is the Mens 4x100m relay team. While raw speed is really important, accuracy of changes is crucial. So many of the worlds fastest teams have been eliminated from dropped batons or passing outside of change zones. This article will review the chances of each team in relays.
While never being a power force in the womens relays. Ateneo did build up to some emphatic wins in the Mens 4×100 over the years. With the most notable lineup being Bryan Sutingco, Charles Banez, Mike Mendoza and Carlo Soriano. Of which only Soriano remains in the team. With the surprise departure of new blood such as JB Capinpin and Franco Imperial. Ateneo will struggle in this event.
De La Salle University
Although it has lost its touch in both the womens relays. The most notable lineup which included Chantal Balani and Jonah Genilza in the early part of last decade. In the early to mid 0s most prominent was UAAP Record Holder Ralph Waldy Soguilon and ace 400m sprinter Christopher Alvin Cardinal. DLSU eventually now has a formidable lineup in the Mens 4×100 this year with the Unso Brothers Jose and Patrick, and UAAP Junior Record Holder in the 100m Jasper Tanhueco. DLSU is also an outside chance in the Mens 4x400m after securing the bronze last year.
Far Eastern University
One of the most dominant teams in UAAP History of Track and Field for both mens and relays. With relays being no exception. Although the mens 4×100 lacks a champion 100m runner this time the amount of depth in the team leaves the other coaches guessing who they will field in the team. With Jesson Ramil Cid, Jhon Rey Bhardos, Pearnel Lobos, Jerwin Ebcas, Abdillah Landasan, Jomar Angus, Joseph Dimapalis and Rolando Uberas they have a very highly competive mens sprint squad and are expected to win the Mens 4×400 quite comfortably with a lot of specialist 400m runners. It seems whenever FEU loses one good runner they bring in two more to replace him/her.
The Womens relay is also a very strong contender in the 4×100, led by double sprint winner Hanelyn Loquinto, and includes Heptathlete Mildrid Salut aswell as many other notable recruits from around the country by Coach Roselyn Hamero. With such names as Lydia De Vega and Marestella Torres coming from the school has a strong tradition of female athletes. The 4×400 can also be challenged with Josie Malacad, Cherylyn Lopez, and Geli Ann Solis all sub minute runners.
University of the East
The University of the East has not produced a UAAP Mens Champion in the century dash since Nathaniel Moral in the late 90s. However they have always been one of the top draws in the Mens 4×4, led by Abraham Alzona who has a personal best of 49.40. In the womens sprints they have recruited some very talented athletes namely Jenny Rose Rosales of Laguna who won the 100-200-400 at the Palarong Pambansa last year. Rosales is coached by Elma Muros. Rosales holds the Palaro Record in the 400m at 57.4, and with Irene Gullos and Carmela Leonardo having also ran 59 seconds they will be a strong contender for the gold this year in the Womens 4×4.
University of The Philippines
Although it has produced some great individual athletes in the past relays have not been the teams strength. A very young team with some new rookies, the 4×100 will include Gab Soriano (the younger brother of Carlo) and Michael Bayani who was 2nd at the 2010 Palarong Pambansa in the 100m. The team is very likely to struggle against there more experienced opponents. In the past UP has had a surprisingly strong womens team which was composed of May Ann Agrippa, Rose Ramos, Angeli Atienza, Ruffa Bargola and Aiza Cometa. But last year they failed to even get one athlete in the womens 100m final, and now only Atienza and Bargola remain fromt that original lineup.
University of Santo Tomas
UST has a very experienced team of relay runners including Mark David Madera, Emmanuel Delos Angeles and Michael Angelo Baay. However at this stage they are lacking the likes of a quality 400m runner such as Junrey Bano which they had in the past.
However in the womens event UST is probably the most dominant force in UAAP History, like FEU coach Manny Calpes has scoured the Philippines on a scouting mission to recruit the best athletes available. The 4×1 team last year who upset FEU to take the gold again will be in action with Dato-on, Pedrina, and Vienna Mae Banebane returning probably joining them will be 09/10 Palaro Champion Michelle Palmares which makes it an even stronger lineup than last year. In the 4×4 it is expected they will carry on there winning tradition with the trio again.