By Cyrus M. Garde
Far Eastern University continued to dominate the athletics event as former Palarong Pambansa record breaker Maika De Oro booked her first gold medal for the University of St. La Salle in her favorite event of the women’s discus throw of the 16th PSC–University Games at the Villareal Stadium here Wednesday.
FEU’s Josie Malacad hit a double gold hauls when she ruled the women’s 400-meter with a clocking of 59.07 seconds for the team’s five gold hauls of the day. She earlier won the women’s 800 meters.
Keizel Pedriña of UST settled for silver (1:00.28), while Colegio de la Purisima Concepcion’s Arezel Baclas took the bronze (1:00.50)
FEU’s Honelyn Luquinto ruled the women’s 100 and 200 meters dash, clocking the distance in 12.0 seconds and 25.40 seconds, respectively.
UST’s Luville Dato-on (12.44) and FEU’s Mildred Salut (12.50) took the silver and bronze, respectively, in the 100 meters, while UST’s Keizel Pedriña had a time of 25.88 seconds and Luville Dato-on (25.93) settled for silver and bronze medals, respectively, in the 200 meters.
FEU’s Darlyn Carmen won the 3,000-meter run in 10 minutes, 54.19 seconds; CPC’s Jerlyn Bornales (10:55.34) and UST’s Lila De la Rosa (11:22.15) won the silver and bronze, respectively.
Aprilyn Landencia of FEU dominated the women’s high jump in 1.60 meters; University of Mindanao’s Chariot Bajuyo (1.60m) took the silver and Ateneo’s Thea Santos (1.55m) won the bronze medal.
Jerby Deriada, also of University of the East, took the gold in men’s discus throw with a heave of 38.04 meters; Ernie Sabidura of UST settled for silver (37.41m) and De La Salle-College of St. Benilde’s Oscar Pasia took the bronze (37.38m).
De la Salle University collected two gold medals with Patrick Unso in the men’s 110 hurdles (14.37 seconds) and Andrew Wilson in high jump with a leap of 1.90 meters. Unso also qualified in 400 hurdles Thursday.
Ateneo’s Carlos Soriano ruled the men’s 100 in 10.56 seconds clocking ahead of Daniel Noval of De La Salle College of St. Benilde (10.61) and UE’s Abraham Alzona (10.70).
UST’s Roger Denolo ruled the men’s 3,000-meter in 9 minutes, 44.00 seconds; UE’s Richard Salaño settled for silver (9:51.34) and Anthony Nerza of Brokenshire Davao took the bronze in 10 minutes 00.13 seconds.
Former Palarong Pambansa record breaker in discus throw, Maika De Oro hurled the disc to a distance of 38.42 meters to reign in the event to redeem herself from a fifth place finish in the shot put competition Tuesday afternoon.
Placing behind De Oro for the silver medal was Aiza Rosero of Rizal Technical University with a throw of 31.07 meters, while Jessa Mae Fernandez of University of Sto. Tomas placed third with a distance of 30.53 meters.
Meanwhile, San Beda College harvested 11 gold medals from the pool Wednesday at the start of the swimming competition.
The Bedans ruled the men’s and women’s 400 freestyle, men’s breaststroke, men’s and women’s backstroke, men’s 200 butterfly, men’s and women’s 200 individual medley, men’s 100 freestyle, men’s 4×50 free relay, and men’s 4×100 medley.