Kent Jardin continued his stellar debut season, helping Adamson University in keeping the lead in the boys’ division of the UAAP Season 85 High School Athletics Championships, Thursday at the Philsports Oval in Pasig City.
On the other hand, University of Santo Tomas held on to its position on the girls’ side with Faith Burdeos carrying the cudgels.
Jardin, who won two golds on Wednesday, added two more in the day after taking the long jump title and leading the charge for the Baby Falcons in the 200 meters.
The leading MVP candidate registered 6.41m in long jump, before winning the 200m with 22.92 second, taking the crown ahead of teammates Nash Candelario with 22.96 and Emanuel Morales with 23.44.
Adamson still leads with 189 points, but UST closed the deficit to 41 with 148 markers.
Kent Abilay and Mejen Sumbogan took the 1-2 finish for the Junior Tiger Tracksters in the decathlon with 4,267 and 3,964 points, respectively.
Abilay led the ten-event contest from start to finish, taking a huge lead after Day 1 with first-place finishes in 100m with 11.68 seconds, long jump with 5.85 meters, shot put with 7.88m, high jump with 1.50m, and 400m with 54.76 seconds.
The Thomasian upstart faltered in the 110m with 20.45s (fourth) and in discus throw with 22.69m (second), but recovered in the pole vault with 3.10 (first) and in the javelin throw with 27.75m (second). He eventually closed his campaign with enough points after finishing fourth in the 1500 meters with 5:38.46.
Burdeos also clinched her first gold this season after reigning over the girls’ shot put with 10.57m, to put the UST still on top with 191 points against University of the East’s 132.
Lyka Raterta also won one for the Junior Tiger Tracksters after ruling the 3000 meters with 12:07.43.
Adamson also put in points on the board to stay in third place with 79. Juvelle Matnog won in the 200m with 26.82 seconds to help the Lady Baby Falcons’ cause.
The season host also ended the day with the 4x400m mixed relay gold with Gwynneth Santoluma, Gian Cunanan, Matnog, and Jhaylord Mirano finishing with 4:07.04.
The championships’ third day will begin with the first four events of the girls’ heptathlon on Friday.