UNIVERSITY of the East juniors basketball player Agem Miranda along with Francis and Emily Jean Obiena led opening day winners in the UAAP Season 80 athletics championship on Wednesday at the Philsports Complex.
Miranda, one of the key players of the Junior Warriors basketball team, captured the boys triple jump in record fashion with a new UAAP mark of 13.45 meters, beating UE teammate Edgie Garbin (13.18) and Sean Raphael Dela Vega of National University (12.74).
The Obienas, meanwhile, completed a sweep of the pole vault event.
Emily, daughter of legendary pole vaulter Emerson Obiena, took the women’s event with a jump of 3.20 meters. Sarah Dequinan of UST and Jinny Rose Omena of Far Eastern University won the silver and bronze respectively with 3.10 and 3.00.
Francis, competing for La Salle in the competition, tallied 4.10 meters in the men’s side to win the gold. He won over UE bets Renato Morano (3.60) and Peter Jeffrey Garay (3.60).
Aira Teodosio of UST also made a new UAAP record in women’s hammer throw with 43.23 meters, as Josefa Ligmayo of FEU took gold in high jump with a leap of 1.71 meters, also a new meet mark.
Also winning gold medals on Wednesday were Manu Alfonso Guzman of Ateneo (boys 100m, 11.22 seconds), Ellah Therese Sirilan of University of the East (girls 100m, 12.93 seconds), Clinton Kingsley Bautista of FEU (men’s 100m, 10.81 seconds), and Eloiza Luzon of UST (women’s 100m, 12.22 seconds).