Arellano ends JRU's NCAA track and field dynasty

ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 28, 2016 12:12 PM
Arellano ends JRU's NCAA track and field dynasty
Arellano University topples Jose Rizal University from its five-year NCAA track and field reign.

Jimmuel Camino captured the 1500-meter run and 3000m steeplechase gold medals Saturday to help propel Arellano University to its first ever track and field championship at the conclusion of the 91st NCAA athletics competition at the Philsports track oval in Pasig City.

The pair of golden feats completed a triple-gold haul by Camino, a fourth year Education student who also snared the 5000m mint two days ago, that helped seal the Chiefs the track and field title.

Camino matched his three-gold harvest last year but nothing beats his performance this year as Arellano U ended Jose Rizal's dynastic reign in this event the latter lorded for the last five seasons.

Christopher Gonzales snatched the pole vault gold to help Arellano U pull off the improbably feat.

It was particularly sweet for Arellano U coach Giovanni Andaya, the former assitant who took over the coaching job when coach Rosito Andaya, his father, passed away July last year.

"I don't how I'll feel," said an emotional 27-year-old Andaya, whose father took over as coach three years ago. 

"My father would have been happy right now if he's here, he would have been proud of this. That's why I'm dedicating this victory to him," he added.

The athletics victory was Arellano U's second this season after accomplishing a back-to-back feat in seniors chess in the first semester a year back.

"The whole Arellano U community is proud of the team," said Peter Cayco, Arellano's representative to the NCAA Management Committee.

It was also one of the closest races in recent league history in the sport as Arellano U edged Mapua for the crown.

Jose Rizal ended up at third while Perpetual Help fourth.


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