The trend was on Day one of the UAAP championships held at the Phil Sports Complex (Ultra), Pasig, that a new batch of athletes would end up getting the better of there older counterparts.
High Jump Record
The performance of the meet goes to FEU’s Aprilen Laudencia who went on to do better than just defend her title in the Womens High Jump. Laudencia established a leap of 1.66m, she didnt walk out with a UAAP Record (held by Narcisca Atienza at 1.70m). She took away a more coveted prestigious mark that not even Atienza could eclipse, as Laudencia does not turn 18 until May 22nd she broke the long standing National Junior record of Chery Ann Janiva (1.64m) which had stood since 1993. The jump is the #6 of all time in the open age, and not yet 18 that also gives her time to spare for pushing the boundaries of the bar further before she reaches the senior ranks.
In the mens 100m Atenean Carlo Soriano managed to hold onto his title in 11.02, but a blanket finish saw Patrick Unso 11.07 and Jasper Tanhueco 11.09 both of DLSU hot on his heels. Abraham Alzona of UE last years silver medalist finished 4th in 11.18. The runners ran into a fierce head wind that later subsided for the womens final. Quite credible results as Soriano was close to his best electronic time of 11 flat, while Unso and Tanhueco were slightly in front of there best times in not so ideal conditions.
(Photo by Joey Ming Lao UST Coach, Jenny Rose Rosales centre in red, on her left Dato-on, on her right Loquinto)
Ideal conditions in the womens sprints (+0.3 tail wind) saw the top three runners all running personal best times. However this time it was Palaro Champion Jennyrose Rosales that surprisingly dethroned defending champion Hanelyn Loquinto. Rose won in 12.34, over UST Luville Dato-on 12.37, and Hanelyn Loquinto of FEU 12.40 in 3rd. Rose best time before this event was 12.4ht = 12.64et, Dato-on 12.49 from 2008 and Loquinto 12.46 from 2010. Undoubtedly Jenyrose next target will be a set of Junior National sprint titles in Dumaguete come May.
Their was much to celebrate in the Unso household tonight as expected Patrick Unso of DLSU took the Mens 110m Hurdles record with a run of 14.78. Albeit .2 seconds from his national record set at the sea games. Defending champion and older brother Jose Unso as 2nd in 15.25, and youngster Miguel Nasis of UP took bronze in 15.45.
In the womens hurdles race favourite Thea Santos of Ateneo was out in the heats. However it was another Junior Hurdler and 2009-2010 Palaro Champion Michelle Palmares of UST (93) who won the race in 15.34 into a slight -0.4 head wind dethroning defending champion and team mate Vienna Mae Banebane. Palmares has established herself as a favourite for the National Games against University Games Champion Jaycel Casabuenca of Capiz (93). Mildrid Salut of FEU was 2nd in 15.51 and Banebane timed 15.59 for 3rd, Aleah Gatmaitan of UE who ran a very close 2nd last year in the event was out of the medals in 15.71 this time.
Another gold came for Ateneo in the Mens Pole Vault. EJ Valera the younger brother of 2010 Pole Vault Champion Zek Valera. Established a new personal best of 4.05m to take the title (EJ was just the bronze medalist in the event last year). With the absence of National Junior Champion Adel Valdecenas of DLSU.
Synopsis of Day 1
Feedback from active athletes confirmed that DLSU had done a very good job of organising this meet and it was the best UAAP they have been to in a long time. With a string of national record holders such as Renato Unso and Ralph Soguilon present the meet was an enjoyable event. The idea of having the meet in the evening when the temperatures are cooler to lighten the risk of dehydration and injuries and to allow UAAP enthusiasts who are currently working the opportunity to come and watch the finals after they have finished work is a tradition that should be continued.