Harry Diones of Jose Rizal University secured his third gold medal yesterday as he ruled the men’s high jump a day after topping the men’s triple jump and long jump in the 18th FilOil – University Games at the University of St. La Salle Track Oval in Bacolod City.
Diones cleared the bar at 1.85m to secure the gold while Kristian Ahorro of De La Salle University settled for silver with his 1.75m mark. Diones teammate Christian Repe grabbed the bronze with his 1.70m leap.
The triple gold for JRU provided a diversion to the close race for the overall championshi p in athletics between Far Eastern University and University of Sto. Tomas.
Last year’s men and women’s athletics overall champion FEU dominated the relay events in Day 1 and strengthened their title retention bid with top finishes in men and women’s 400m hurdles as well as the classic relay yesterday.
Josie Malacad and Marylyn Avila of FEU booked the gold and silver in women’s hurdles while their teammate Mark Ian De los Santos did the same in the men’s division.
FEU also prevailed in women’s javelin throw as Evalyn Palabrica’s 44.75m mark was the farthest in the event while Riza Faith Sombilla’s 36.01m output was good for second place. Elisha Cabuguason of host USLS placed third with her 35.45m throw.
Jetrick Reyes of St. Benilde topped the men’s javelin throw with a distance of 53.70m, while Foundation University’s Rosel Cedrick won the silver and Kenny Gonzales of FEU, the bronze.
Jenismyll Mabunga and Dalyn Carmen gifted FEU with another gold and silver combo in women’s 3000m as Mabunga she finished the race in 11 minutes and 10.97 seconds for the gold and Carmen at 11 minutes and 17.10 seconds for the silver. Jelyn Duran of USLS grabbed the bronze with her time of 11 minutes and 51.18 seconds.
Josie Malacad kept the gold in women’s 200m run as she edged UST’s Eloisa Luzon with her time of 25.35 seconds. Luzon, who earlier captured the gold in women’s 100m finished in second place after registering 25.55 seconds, while fellow Thomasian Glaiza Salcedo (25.63 seconds) booked the bronze.
Meanwhle, after dominating the men’s 100m run in Day 1, Anfernee Lopena of St. Benilde won his second gold medal yesterday in 200m. Lopena ruled the race with his time of 21.94 seconds while Jolen Gairo de Castro of St. Louie University registered 21.98 seconds for the silver, and Dustine Jorelle De Vera of UST, 22.01 seconds for the bronze.
Other gold medalists in athletics yesterday were: Maureen Shrijvres of DSLU in women’s high jump, Sonny Wagnos of University of Manila in men’s 1500m race, Dave Dumacal of UST in men’s 5k Walk, Ebren Neri also of UST in men’s 800m, and Jodiel Mandawe (DLSU) and Kyla Yao (Ateneo de Manila) in men and women’s pole vault.*
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