JRU snares two mints in NCAA athletics

ABS-CBN Sports on Feb 26, 2016 06:02 PM
JRU snares two mints in NCAA athletics
Jose Rizal University collected two gold medals after a dry start in the 91st NCAA athletics competition.

After a slow opening day, reigning five-peat champion Jose Rizal University finally bared its fangs and raked in a pair of gold medals in Day Two of the 91st NCAA athletics competitions at the Philsports Track Oval in Pasig City.

Alvin Castanares gave the Bombers their first gold of this year's edition by reigning supreme in 800 meters with a clocking of 1:54.76, besting Mapua's Christian Traje and Raymund Alferos, who ended up second and third in 1:54.99 and 1:57.10, respectively.

Dave Albarico followed it up by striking gold in men's javelin throw when he heaved the fiberglass spear at 55.57 meters.

Jerrick Galicia, Albarico's teammate, took the silver with 52.85 m. while Mapua's Avery Cuyugan snared the bronze with 52.85 m.

Junel Gabotia booked the bronze in the 5000m, finishing behind Arellano U's Immuel Camino and Kurt Jomar Lamparas.

Jose Rizal coach Jojo Posadas he expects a tough competition this year even before the meet started.

"I've lost many of my gold medalists so I really expected it to be really tough," said Posadas in Filipino. "But we're still going all out to win that sixth straight track and field crowd and make Jose Rizal proud."

Lyceum of the Philippines U's Ronnie Maglipay took the triple jump gold with a 15.23-meter leap, taking over the event national team mainstay and former Jose Rizal standout Harry Diones dominated for five straight seasons.

Mapua's Raymund Alferos set a new record meet in 400m by clocking 48.71 seconds.

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