UNIVERSITY of the East’s Jenyrose Rosales scorched the track in the heats to break Lydia de Vega’s 32-year-old Philippine record in the women’s 400-meter run over the weekend in the UAAP Season 76 athletics competitions at the La Salle-Dasmarinas Track and Field Stadium.
Rosales set a new national record of 54.65 seconds, shattering the 54.75 seconds which track great De Vega established in the 1981 Manila Southeast Asian Games at the historic Rizal Memorial Oval.
However, the record will still need ratification by the Philippine Amateur Track and Field Association for it to be included in the record books.
Coached by the equally-iconic Elma Muros Posadas and her husband Jojo Posadas, Rosales highlighted a weekend of competition that saw FEU extend its overall reign in both the men’s and women’s divisions.
The 19-year-old Physical Education junior from Talisay, Batangas, on her third year of eligibility, completed her amazing run and led a 1-2-3 podium finish by UE sprinters in the finals.
The 5-foot-1 Rosales cooled down a bit in the final with a 56.03-second performance, but that was enough to win the gold, while teammates Neslee Angco (57.62) and Carmela Leonardo (58.14) took second and third place, respectively.
The FEU Lady Tamaraws won their 10th straight women’s overall crown after garnering 451 points in the four-day meet, with middle distance specialist Jennysmyl Mabunga hoisting the Most Valuable Player trophy after winning four gold and one silver medal.
University of Santo Tomas placed second with 394 markers behind the efforts of Rookie of the Year Eloisa Luzon, while UE was third with 233 points.
The Tamaraws won for the fourth straight year in the men's side, registering 378.5 points and upending the Growling Tigers, who had 319.5 markers for the runner-up honors, in the process. University of the Philippines (UP) placed third with 211 points.
FEU now has 23 championships in the women's and men's divisions.