UPIS Track and Field team sprints to 4-peat
(February 14)—The UP Integrated School (UPIS) Track and Field Varsity Team sprinted their way to a 4-peat championship in the University Athletic Association of the Philippines (UAAP) Season 75 competition. Their winning streak started in 2010.
The Junior Maroons sprinters notched their fourth title after garnering 15 gold, five silver and four bronze medals under the guidance of head coach Antonio Potenciano Jr.and assistant coaches Mark Reyes, Precious de Leon, Mike Pelaez and Jolo Rivera.
Jaime Immanuel Mejia, a 3rd year high school student, bagged the Most Valuable Player award for this year’s UAAP season after winning seven gold medals (100m, 110m hurdles, 200m, 400m, 400m hurdles, and 4x100m and 4x400m relays).
Clocking at 51.27 seconds in the 400 meter dash, Mejia broke the 2010 record of Patrick Unso, former member of the University of Sto. Tomas High School team, who clocked 51.48 seconds. He also set a new UAAP record of 56.86 seconds for the 400m hurdle.
Meanwhile, Mejia joined fellow gold medallists Earl Mandapat, Bryan Morales and Melvin Sangalang (assistant team captain) in setting a new record for the 4x100m relay clocking at 45.31 seconds. For the 4x400m relay, Mejia, Renzo Domingo (team captain), Sangalang and Morales recorded an impressive speed of 3 minutes and 36.09 seconds.
Domingo also took home a bronze medal for the 1,500m run while Sangalang had two bronze medals for the 100m and 200m dash. Jasper Navoa completed the team’s four bronze medals by placing third in the javelin throw category.
Justin Monje took home two silver medals for the octathlon and high jump. Mandapat and Jethro Esposo earned silver medals for the triple long jump and 5,000m walk, respectively.
Sano Amante brought home gold and silver medals for the 5,000m walk and 3,000m walk, respectively.
Other team members are: Robin Banta, Gabo Galao, Miggy Garcia, Jomike Gemora, Herwin Lor, Jerome Natividad, Emerson Sandoval, Fryl Vicente and Yzrael Dumaging.
The UPIS track and field team paid a courtesy call on Chancellor Caesar A. Saloma on February 6 and presented their championship trophy and medals.
Also present during the courtesy call were Dr. Aura Matias, College of Engineering dean; Jose William Ortiz, coach of the college-level track and field team, and Engr. Jimmy Mejia, Jaime Immanuel’s father. -H.C.P