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UAAP 78 Women’s Track and Field Championships Day 1



In the women’s division of the 78th season of the UAAP’s Track and Field Championship, defending champions University of Santo Tomas (UST) hope to keep their crown and dominance from last season’s impressive performance by obtaining again over most of the competitions gold medals hauls. The Far Eastern University (FEU) and the University of the East (UE) also hope to battle it out for the top spot this season. With over a 14-month gap from this UAAP competition from the last one, and with past champions already having graduated, the results are unpredictable as ever.

Track Events

The women’s division kicked off with the 100m dash qualifiers. With the absence of the UAAP record holder Jennyrose Rosales, the race was now freed and up for grabs. Expected to fight for the medal positions were UE’s Perlita Ynot and all four of UST’s sprinters: Michelle Loterte, Karen Janario, Eloziza Lucon, and Glaisa Salcedo. Luzon, Salcedo, and Loterte were last year’s gold, silver, and bronze medal finishers in the event.

Janario blasted from the blocks and ranked first in the qualifiers with a time of 12.05 seconds. Ateneo de Manila’s Kimberly Zulueta surprised the competition by clocking 12.40 seconds to qualify for second place. Zulueta beat last year’s podium triumvirate, with Loterte, Salcedo, and Luzon only managing to clock 12.42, 12.48, and 12.58 seconds respectively, placing them in third, fifth, and sixth place in the qualifying round. UE’s Ynot ranked fourth with a qualifying time of 12.47 seconds.

All of times in the heats were hand timed because of technical difficulties. By the time of the finals, the officials will have already switched to electronic timers.

Come the finals, it was still Janario who managed to sprint first to the finish line, clocking 12.36 seconds. Loterte edged out Zulueta to snag the silver medal with a time of 12.58 seconds. Zulueta showed signs of fatigue coming into the last 15m and finished third behind the veteran Loterte, clocking 12.65 seconds in the process. Ynot, Salcedo, and Luzon placed fourth, fifth, and sixth with 12.71, 12.72, and 12.78 seconds respectively.

The other track event of the day was the 800m. Defending champion Neslee Angco from UE and last year’s bronze medalist Louielyn Pamatian of UST were the favorites coming into the race.

Another surprise in the competition was Adamson University’s (ADU) Lyca Sarmiento, who ranked first in the qualifying round with a time of 2:20.3. Pamatian did not stray away too far with a time of 2:20.4. Trailing behind her in fourth place was Angco from with a time of 2:21.5. Feiza Lenton from UST came in third, trailing behind the leaders with a time of 2:20.7.

In the finals, however, Angco made sure that her crown would not be taken away from her as she ran to the finish line with a time of 2:19.88, securing the title two years in a row. Pamatian improved on her last year’s standing and beat Sarmiento to the finish line, clocking 2:20.74. Sarmiento put up a good fight and clocked 2:21.43, being edged out in the last lap by the two veterans.

This year’s 800m finals was slower than last year’s however. Angco won last year’s title with 2:12.55 while Pamatian won hers with 2:13.97.

The last track event for the women’s division was the twelve and a half lap 5000m walk. The absence of last year’s gold and silver medal winners Marygene Dagasdas and Edry-Anne Diaz of UE respectively allowed last year’s bronze medal finisher Krisha Sardenia of UST to finally secure the gold, with a time of 30:30.72, slower than her last year’s 29:41.78.

The closest to Sardenia was UP’s Ma. Elizabeth Capiosio with a time of 30:49.68 for silver, still over more than 100m away. The bronze medal finisher Jessa Velriano of FEU was over 40 seconds away with a time of 31:27.89. Much like the 800m, this year’s 5000m walk is also slower compared to the last UAAP. In the previous UAAP, the top three finishers all clocked a sub-30 minute walk. This year, nobody broke 30 minutes.

Field Events

The only field events for the day for the women were the high jump and the hammer throw. Much like last year, the top four finishers were head-to-head after the results showed a close fight. The only determining factor for winning was the number of fouls accumulated. FEU’s Kaylene Mosqueda took the gold medal with a jump of 1.65m. UP’s Marianne Yorac also hit the same height, but because of foul accumulation, she was only awarded with the silver medal. De La Salle University’s Maureen Schrijvers was smooth over the bar as she bested FEU’s Jelly Paragile

The second and last field event of the night for the women’s division was the hammer throw. After only managing to win silver last year and only throwing 35.76m, Aira Teodosio of UST threw a massive 40.70m to break the UAAP record. Coming in second was schoolmate Luz Delfin with a throw of 37.04m. FEU’s Mary Jane Lawas fell short of a silver medal, lacking only 0.02m to tie Delin. Lawas threw 37.02m.



Ateneo pulls out of friendly against UST



The Philippine Superliga regretfully announced Friday evening that the supposed tune-up match between the Ateneo de Manila University Lady Eagles and the University of Santo Tomas Golden Tigresses on Saturday has been cancelled.

“We regret to announce that the scheduled friendly game between Ateneo and University of Santo Tomas volleyball teams that was to serve as an appetizer to Saturday’s championship game between Petron and F2 Logistics will not push through,” PSL chairman Philip Juico released in a statement.

Though no specific reason was said regarding why the Lady Eagles decided to pull out of the tune-up that was announced Friday morning, the league stressed that the team agreed to play.

“A late announcement by the Ateneo de Manila University officials caused the cancellation of the match they have earlier agreed to play,” the statement furthered.

Even with this circumstance, the league is holding no grudges as it is still open to have a partnership with the Lady Eagles in the future.

“The Philippine Superliga still welcomes the Ateneo Volleyball Team to play in the league as we are open to all interested squads who want to be partners of the PSL.”

Still, Game Three of the Chooks-to-Go/PSL Grand Prix will still have a start time of 4:00pm.

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Lady Eagles versus Golden Tigresses to open PSL’s season finale



Serving as the opening act for Game Three of the Chooks-to-Go/PSL Grand Prix Finals pitting the Petron Blaze Spikers and the F2 Logistics Cargo Movers, UAAP rivals Ateneo Lady Eagles will face the University of Santo Tomas Golden Tigresses to open the day’s festivities. The game is set at 1:00pm at the SM Mall of Asia Arena in Pasay City.

This will be the final encounter of the two teams before the UAAP Season 80 Women’s Volleyball tournament begins on February 3.

The Growling Tigresses are expected to field a complete teams sans fourth-year spiker Cherry Rondina. Rondina will play for Petron later in the evening.

On the other hand, the Lady Eagles will be stepping on the PSL taraflex for the first-time ever. Ateneo won two championships in the collegiate division of PSL rival V-League. Bannering the new-look Ateneo will be Bea De Leon, Jho Maraguinot, and Kat Tolentino.

This will then be followed by the rubber match between Petron and F2 Logistics. The awarding ceremony for the tournament is set at 6:00pm.

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The UAAP Season 80 Finals Most Valuable Player’s on court swag carries over off the court

In terms of stylish post-game Outfit of the Day (or #OOTD, as the millenials call it), if the NBA has Russell Westbrook, the UAAP has Thirdy Ravena.

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After games, the student-athletes usually just throw on a shirt and a comfortable pair of pants or shorts. However, the 20-year-old Ravena puts in more effort than that.

Rarely would you see him with a “plain” attire. From printed pants, to leather jackets, to statement shoes, this high-flying Blue Eagle has got it all.

When asked about his fashion sense, he proudly shared that he is the only one who plans his outfits — no stylist needed.

“It’s something I look forward to because I like to dress up. It’s an opportunity for me to show who I am. It’s one way to show your character,” said the second-generation cager, who averaged 15.0 points, 7.9 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 0.9 steals during Ateneo’s golden run.

“Might as well enjoy also off the court diba!”

Photos of his outfits have been shared on social media and liked multiple times both on Twitter and on Instagram. He even has his own hashtag for it, #OOThirdy, and makes sure he maintains a lookbook in his well-curated Instagram feed.

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“It’s nothing big really. It’s just I didn’t expect that people will talk about it this way,” Ravena said after describing his style as a mix of streetwear and preppy.

“I’m happy that people accept me and they appreciate how I dress up.”

His basketball prowess propelled the Ateneo de Manila University to this season’s championship, showing his tremendous potential and hinting that his talent can go beyond the college level.

But with his natural flair for fashion, opportunities can also open up for him beyond basketball. When asked what he thinks of possibly designing clothes in the future, he immediately expressed his interest in it.

“That is something na parang I think I could have fun doing. We really can’t tell, but maybe in the future,” he said.

“Maybe kapag the time is right and when things are where they are supposed to be, then why not.”

If you are a basketball fan and fashion savvy at the same time, the excitement of watching an Ateneo game does not end after the final buzzer. Ravena’s post-game outfit game is something to look forward to, too.

Keep slaying, Thirdy!

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Much-maligned Chibueze Ikeh goes out in a blaze of glory



With 1:39 left in Game Three of the UAAP Season 80 Men’s Basketball Finals, wily floor general Anton Asistio found a free Chibueze Ikeh underneath. Once he was able to lock his legs, Ikeh soared through the air before throwing down a thunderous one-handed jam that gave the Ateneo de Manila University an 82-73 lead.

The sea of blue in the jampacked SMART-Araneta Coliseum exploded with chants of “Ikeh! Ikeh! Ikeh!”.

“It was now or never,” Ikeh recalled during a live chat with ABS-CBN Sports.

“I took the opportunity since it was my last playing year, I had to take it hard all the time.”

The 6-foot-9 big man had waited for three years to experience that moment.

During his first two years with the Blue Eagles, no one was more scrutinized than Ikeh. Many were frustrated that he couldn’t release his true potential even if he had all the physical tools to do so. And that included second-year Ateneo head coach Tab Baldwin.

“There’s this thing called male pattern balding. I’m losing more hair! Can you believe it?,” quipped Baldwin as he paid tribute to Ikeh during the Blue Eagles’ thanksgiving mass at the Church of the Gesu.

“Since I’ve know him he has been criticized more than any other player we have. And sometimes for good reason.”

Ikeh averaged a paltry 5.1 points, 7.5 rebounds, and 1.1 blocks in his first two years in Ateneo. Amid the pressure on him to deliver, as he was inheriting a post left by great Ateneo centers like Rabeh Al-Hussaini and Greg Slaughter, he himself struggled to even stay on the floor during that time, averaging 2.9 fouls per game that limited him to just 17.7 minutes per contest.

Then there was his arrest last November 4, 2015.

Even with this, the Blue Eagles continued to believe in him.

“This is a young man who left his continent, friends, family,” furthered Baldwin.

“He had to fit in without asking anybody to fit in with him.”

Anybody else would have broken down, packed their bags, and left after experiencing all of this. Not Ikeh. The Nigerian student-athlete persevered in the off-season that resulted to career-highs across the board. In his final year, he posted norms of 7.5 points and 8.6 rebounds, per contest. Ikeh was even top 10 in the statistical points ladder to end the elimination round.

And no one appreciated him more then the Blue Eagles. Thirdy Ravena even asked Ikeh to join him at center court when he was awarded with the Finals Most Valuable Player plum.

“I wasn’t expecting that, but he’s been one of a kind. For him to share that moment with me, it feels so great,” said Ikeh about that moment. “I really appreciate that.”

“There are things na hindi nakikita ng mga tao talaga. It’s the intangible he brings,” Ravena added. “You don’t see it in the stats, but I saw Ikeh the whole game, he just did his job, he did his best to limit Ben [Mbala] and to execute the game plan.

“If it weren’t for Ikeh, his effort, Isaac [Go’s] shot, it wouldn’t be possible for us to win.”

As Ikeh went to the podium of the Church of the Gesu on Sunday night — his last moment as an Ateneo Blue Eagle — the community once again exploded into a chant of “Ikeh! Ikeh! Ikeh!”

“Thank you for believing in me,” Ikeh said, trying to fight off tears as he closed this chapter of his young career.

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