UST leads DLSU by only two points for UAAP general championship
Mark Escarlote on Dec 16, 2015 02:46 PM
University of Sto. Tomas, which won the men's taekwondo title, leads by a small margin in the UAAP 78 general championship race.
Defending UAAP general champion University of Sto. Tomas led its toughest rival De La Salle by a slim margin after the first round of sports events in Season 78.
The black and gold-clad student-athletes collected a total 155 points in seven sports disciplines in both men’s and women’s divisions. The Espana-based squad got three first place finishes and were runner ups in five events.
UST, seeking its 41st general championship title, dominated the taekwondo competition, winning first place in the men’s division and in the poomsae event. The Tigresses also brought home the gold medal in judo.
DLSU, the general champion in Season 75 and 76, is just two points behind after also getting three event championships including a clean sweep of the men’s and women’s table tennis.
Ateneo de Manila is in third place with 140 points but had four first place finishes anchored on its domination in swimming.
The Loyola-based squad also won in the men’s beach volleyball and men’s judo.
University of the Philippines is in far fourth spot with 115 points with one title coming from women’s badminton.
Far Eastern University won the center-piece men’s basketball championship after a decade but still landed at fifth place with only 90 points after a weak showing in other events. FEU didn’t field a team in judo and swimming.
National University has a total tally of 84, winning the women’s basketball and men’s badminton diadems but didn’t participate in judo, followed by University of the East (82) which denied UST a sweep of taekwondo after a women’s division upset while Adamson University is at the cellar with 38 markers without any first place finish.
The overall champion is determined using the points system where the event champion will get 15 points, 12 to the runner up, and the third placer will have 10. The fourth to last teams will get eight, six, four, two and one, according to final position. No point shall be given to schools that will not field a team in an event.
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