2018 UAAP Season 80

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2018 UAAP Season 80 Athletics Reports and Results

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2018 UAAP Season 80
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2018 UAAP Season 80 Athletics Mico Del Prado takes UAAP 400M Record

Feb 14, 2018

Michael Carlo Del Prado
Michael Carlo Del Prado. 2018 UAAP Season 80

2018 UAAP Season 80

Another son of the legendary Isidro Del Prado, Michael Carlo Del Prado, 22, made his own piece of UAAP History.

And not only did he defend his title in the UAAP Quarter Mile.

But he also erased a 13-year-old meet record in the 400m—timing 48.27 in the heats. 

Hence well within his capability, as he had taken his 400m time down to 48.00 in June at the Hong Kong Invitational last year. 

Most noteworthy is that Mico was a SEA Games bronze medalist in the 4x400m in Kuala Lumpur.

The Old record was held by another La Sallian Ralph Waldy Soguilon, who held the previous time with 48.45.

While in the Final, Del Prado cruised to a win in 48.89, this time pushed by his teammate 2015 Palarong Pambansa Champion Kenneth Nodos, who led for 380m of the race.

While Nodos looked like he raced coming off 10m in front with 100m to go, but Mico wound down to win.

Saving his energy for the 4×400 at the Pre-Asian Games in Indonesia, which he is flying to next.

Nodos finished with a PB of 49.01. UAAP High school record holder Jaime Mejia of UP took bronze in 49.92.


2018 UAAP Season 80 Athletics Day 2 Clinton Takes Hatrick, Janario defends the title (videos)

Feb 10, 2018

Clinton Kingsley Bautista
Mejia, Clinton, Galceran. 2018 UAAP Season 80

2018 UAAP Season 80

Clinton Kingsley Bautista (FEU) added the 200m Title. To his 100m crowns.

While Bautista, who qualified third going into the final, came 5m clear of the field (in what looked to challenge the 21.82 meet record)  the last 80m but eased up the last 20-30m to save energy for his next event, which was the Long Jump straight after.

Despite this, he came away with a PB of 21.87, just .05 away from the meet record.

While it was the same order as it had been in the 100m, with Jaime Mejia (UP) and William Galceran (FEU) again getting the bronze.

Especially relevant is that Galceran ran a big PB of 22.17 in the heats to qualify first.

While in the final, Clinton took control of the bend.

And had plenty to spare as he wound down to prepare for his Long Jump event. 

Clinton then added his third Medal of the tournament with a 6.95m (PB) Long Jump.

Getting through the difficult task of carrying his team in several tiring events played greater importance with 3 Personal Bests.

2018 UAAP Season 80

2018 UAAP Season 80 Athletics Janario defends in a 4 Way Dance

200M UAAP Womens Final 2018
4 Way Fight for First Place and Top 3 UAAP Girls 200m Zulueta, Janario, Malonzo, and Luzon

2018 UAAP Season 80

While in a spectacular Four-Way Dance for the UAAP 200m Title.

It was Karen Janario (UST), the 2016 SEA Youth Champion.

Yet despite holding a few extra pounds bravely fought her way to defend her UAAP Title. 

While Janario clearly looks in Sub 25 shape if she can trim down.

And she timed 25.39 to win narrowly in a photo finish of 1000ths of seconds from 100m Champion and teammate Eloiza Luzon.

Kimberly Zulueta (Ateneo) took bronze with a 25.47 PB. And Jeremiah Malonzo, who had beaten Luzon in the heats narrowly, was out of the medals with 25.52.

2018 UAAP Season 80

Clinton and Luzon take 100m Titles at UAAP Season 80 

Feb 8, 2018

2018 UAAP Season 80

In both their 5th and final playing years. Clinton Kingsley Bautista and Eloiza Luzon claimed the fastest man and woman in the UAAP Athletics competition.


Clinton Kingsley Bautista

And Clinton Bautista of FEU claimed his fourth straight UAAP title. At the same time, equalling his personal best and tying his join UAAP Record of 10.81.

It didn’t come easy for the 25-year-old, the SEA Games Bronze medalist in the 110 Hurdles.

Hence a sluggish start saw him fighting back in what ended up as the closest 100m battle in his UAAP career.

While fighting Every bit of the way against the fast-finishing Jaime Mejia. Mejia is the UAAP High school record holder. 

And he clocked a personal best of 10.85.

Bautista teammate William Galceran took the Bronze at 11.00.

It is especially relevant that even distribution in seeding was rather questionable in the heats, with 7 of the 8 qualifiers from the final stacked into Heat 1.

Bautista won the first heat from Mejia 10.90 to 10.96.


Luzon Regains her title UAAP SEASON 80

2018 UAAP Womens 100m Final

Eloiza Luzon (UST) regained her UAAP Title with a 12.22 run into a -1.2 headwind in her last playing year.

Coming strongest out of the blocks, Luzon led all the way from start to finish.

While holding off-key rivals the fast-finishing Malonzo and Kimberly Zulueta.

Most noteworthy is that Luzon last won the UAAP Title in 2015 but conceded it in 2016 to Karen Janario and 2017 Jeremiah Malonzo.

Luzon was a SEA Games Bronze medalist in the 4×100 team that set the national record.

She clocked 12.10 in the heats (PB 11.99 from Pre-SEA Games Malaysia last year). 

Reigning UAAP Champion Malonzo (UP) took silver in 12.35. and Kimberly Zulueta(ADMU) had to settle for bronze again in 12.39.

Karen Janario (UST) took 4th in 12.43.

Malonzo had clocked a new PB in the heats of 12.16 (which was faster than her winning time of 12.21 last year)


Sefa steps out of the shadows to break UAAP High Jump Record.

Feb 7, 2018

Josefa Ligmayo

For two years Josefa Ligmayo, of FEU. I just had to make do with a runner-up in the High Jump in 2016 and 2017. 

But this year, she was determined things were going to be different.

Not particularly the tallest of the high jumpers even by Filipino standards, standing at just 5’4.

Despite her short stature Josefa is on the FEU Junior People Management Association.

She did an excellent job balancing her time and working on her fitness, trimming down her weight in the gym to become a more efficient and robust athlete.

The 21-year-old who hails from Nueva Vizcaya, Cagayan Valley, claimed not only her first-ever UAAP Title but also had the most dazzling performance of Day 1 when she erased the 16-year-old UAAP Record of Narcisca Atienza of UST (1.70m), who went onto becoming National Record Holder (1.81m) in this event and many times SEA Games silver and bronze medallist in the Heptathlon.

Josefa, who is coached by Obet Fresnido and Roselyn Hamero of FEU, will also be competing in the Heptathlon on Friday, where she added to her silverware last year. It will be an interesting match against 2x UAAP Champion Sarah Dequinan of UST.

But the improvement of her PB in the High Jump from 1.67m to 1.71m will certainly add more valuable points to her Heptathlon total score. 

Josefa Ligmayo
An Absolute FEU Clean sweep in the Women’s High Jump.

Coming in second in the High Jump was Kaylene Mosqueda, the Philippine Junior Record Holder and 2016 & 2017 UAAP Champion, with a leap of 1.68m.

And making it an FEU clean sweep was Jelly Paragile with a PB of 1.68m for Bronze.

The Performance also catapults Josefa from 9th to 2nd= on the Filipino all-time list Tying the Performance of Corazon Magante from the Gintong Aloy days the former National Record Holder.

2018 UAAP SEASON 80 Athletics Results / News Log Unofficial (watch here for updates) Unofficial Results

Please watch here for updates. Any updates you can email to [email protected]

Your Votes for

  • Women’s Winner 100m – Malonzo 4, Janario 4, Luzon 2, Zulueta 1, Other 0
  • Men’s Winner 100m – Nor 6, Mejia 4, Other 4, Ramos 1, Galceran 1 Castaneda 0 

Day 1

5K Walk Boys UAAP SEASON 80 (New Record)

Saturnino Salazar
Bryan Oxales and HIS coach Saturnio ‘TITUS’ Salazar

Bryan Oxales (UST), the Palaro Champion, wins Gold over Mico Santos and Marlon Santos of UE.  Then 13-year-old Macky Estoya (UST)  the Luzon Batang Pinoy 2000m Walk Champ

Boys might be a new UAAP Record stay tuned. Reported that Bryan Oxales has run 27:25, which is a new meet record. Surpassing the mark of Alumni 27:39.70 set 12 years ago at the 2006 UAAP. We await confirmation and the exact time.


5k Walk Women’s UAAP SEASON 80

Roel Ano
Roel Ano and Friends

Elizabeth Capioso of UP defends her title 29: 24.34, from FEU, and Lyra Mae Mendoza 30: 01, UE 4th. Former Champion

Krisha Sardenia of UST not in the top 4. Capioso represented the Philippines in the World University Games last year. She competed for the first time in the difficult 20k walk and finished the 15th of 21 athletes.

100m Heats Women UAAP SEASON 80

Heat 1 Luzon (UST), Malonzo (UP), Zulueta (Ateneo) – Luzon 2015 Champion, and Malonzo 2017 Champion.

Heat 2 Karen Janario (UST) – 2016 Champion

100 Heats GirlsUAAP SEASON 80

(video times)

  1. Heat 1 Ellah Sirilan (UE) 12.67, 13.30, 14.75, 15.83
  2. Heat 2 Sally Callos (UE) 12.84, 13.05 UST, 13.38, 14.50, 15.65
  3. Heat 3 Patricia Lobos (UE)
  4. Heat 4 Gotchoco (UE)

100 Heats Mens UAAP SEASON 80

Heat 1 Men’s 100m

800 Boys UAAP Record UAAP SEASON 80

Heats – James Orduna (UE) 1:57.xx? (UAAP Record) as former is 1:59.45 by John Lloyd Osorio, set last year. Orduna is the 2016 Palaro 1500 Champion originally from Leyte. Osorio clocked 2:00 in the heats.



Josefa Ligmayo of FEU reported broken the UAAP Record with a 1.71m jump.

Breaking the 16-year-old meet Record of Narcisa Atienza. Ligmayo, who was runner-up, took the gold from teammate and defending champion Kaylene Mosqueda the national junior champion. Mosqueda took silver in 1.68m, from Jelly Paragile, also of FEU.


TJ Boys UAAP Record

Subject to wind reading. 13.45m UE  Garbin UE Silver 13.18m, and NU Bronze Sean Dela Vega 12.70m. The mark eclipses one of the oldest records of 25 years set by Ateneo Juan Carlos Artificio 13.27m


UAAP SEASON 80 Athletics Reviews



Jeremiah Malonzo
Unexpected Winner. Jeremiah Malonzo (UP) overpowers Eloiza Luzon (UST) and Kimberly Zulueta (ADMU) to crown herself women’s UAAP 100m Champion in 2017.

The UAAP Women’s 100m Dash in 2018 will be an exciting ‘3 Way Dance’. With being the champion comes the pressure of defending for unexpected champion Jeremiah Malonzo of the University of the Philippines. 

Malonzo pipped 2014 Champion and national team mainstay Eloiza Luzon 12.21 to 12.27.

Malonzo, now 21, opted not to join the national team to focus on bringing up her grades. She decided to stay with her coach Jolo Rivera.

She ran at the World University Games for the Philippines in Taipei last year; in her most recent race in December, she won the Weekly Relay Finals in 12.37, beating Kimberly Zulueta.

Before 2017, Malonzo had barely broken 13 seconds and had not made the Finals at UAAP.

The meteoric rise of Malonzo from a virtual nobody to the UAAP Champion in a year is testimony to her coach.

Jeremiah Malonzo
Malonzo with her coach Jolo Rivera (Left)

Eloiza Luzon

Eloiza Luzon
Eloiza Luzon

The fastest woman in the field improved her PB to 11.99 last year in Malaysia.

Eloiza Luzon of the University of Santo Tomas has not won the UAAP Title since 2014.

She cemented her national team position with a Bronze Medal and National Record in the SEA Games 4×100 quartet.

During the weekly relays, Luzon won several times over her training partner Zulueta of Ateneo.

  Luzon finished third at the national championships behind Fil-Heritage sprinter Zion Rose Nelson.

Kimberly Zulueta

Kimberly Zulueta
Kimberly Zulueta

The bronze medallist two years in a row. Zulueta of Ateneo looks to move up higher on the medal podium.

With her PB still 12.22 set in the UAAP Heats last year. Zulueta will have a lot of work to do to get the better of Malonzo and Luzon, who she has not been able to beat for the whole of 2017.

Zulueta finished fourth at the national championships last year in Ilagan.

Karen Janario of UST. Junior Record Holder in the 100 Hurdles.

We need to note the biggest 2 improving sprinters of 2017 where Jeremiah Malonzo went from 12.9ht/13.14 to 12.21, an improvement of .93 seconds, and Kimberly Zulueta 12.65 to 12.22 or .43 seconds improvement in a year.

Other interesting bits in the field include Junior Sprinter Karen Janario, 19 of UST, better known as a hurdler.

They won the UAAP century dash in 2016 with a PB of 12.11. And also FEU Marimar Amarga, who finished fourth in this event last year.

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2018 UAAP Season 80

2018 UAAP Season 80 Women’s 200m

Eloiza Luzon (UST)  goes in as the firm favorite in this event, having improved her 200m time from 24.95 to 24.69 in Malaysia.

Luzon is yet to win a UAAP 200m title, having finished silver, bronze, silver, and silver at the last editions. 

The challenge will come from the defending champion and her teammate, the 19-year-old Karen Janario.

Janario, the 2016 South East Asian Youth Champion over 200 Meters, has a Personal best of 25.13.

Meanwhile, Jeremiah Malonzo (UP) 25.31, and Kimberly Zulueta (ADMU) 25.68, last year’s bronze medalist and 4th place, along with 5th placer Marimar Amarga (FEU) 25.93, look to contend for the minor medals.

2018 UAAP Season 80

2018 UAAP Season 80 Women’s 400m

While the quality of 400m women’s running in the Philippines has dropped, UST is expected to dominate with a solid all-round team.

Eloisa Luzon was better known as a short sprinter.

I was able to move up and win the 400m at UAAP in 57.48 last year.

Luzon’s speed will be unmatched.

But perhaps the challenge may come from her schoolmate Louielyn Pamatian who has run 58.06 this year and has a PB of 57.31.

Pamatian took Silver last year behind Luzon.

The only two other sprinters to go under 59 this year are Elisa Aguinaldo of FEU, who took bronze last year, and Kimberly Zulueta.

It’s important to note that from June until December (with Weekly Relays almost every week besides a few months break) that no UAAP Women’s sprinter ran below 59 seconds in that period.

2018 UAAP Season 80

2018 UAAP Season 80 Relays

The Women’s quartet of Luzon, Andrade, Janario, and Salcedo will be unstoppable again, taking the UAAP Record in 47.91 last year. DLSU was a very far distant second in 49.45.

UP with a stronger core of sprinters at 49.89 may move up into second place this year.

While in the 4x400m UST who won last year has the chance to solidify its dominance by bringing in Karen Janario to replace Pamaybay in the lineup.

UST is the only UAAP team to go under 4 minutes last year.

2018 UAAP Season 80

2018 UAAP Season 80 Hurdles

National Junior 100 Hurdle Record Holder Karen Janario looks to defend her title. Janario holds a PB of 14.52 since the 2014 ASEAN School Games.

This year, the other top contenders are Renalyn Aguire (FEU) 14.87 and Judy Ann Rendora (DLSU) 14.89, silver and bronze last year.

Marilyn Avila
Marily ‘Daffy’ Avila


In the 400 Hurdles, Marilyn ‘Daffy’ Avila is ranked 4th in the national ranking lists in 2017.

She has the leading time of  1:04.15 and looks to defend her title.

Her teammate Elisa Aguinaldo, 1:04.97 of FEU, will really present the only real challenge.

Avila has a PB of 1:02.22 from 2016 but, due to injuries, has not been able to move past it. Likewise, Aguinaldo had clocked 1:03.66 last year.


Middle Distance

Louielyn Pamatian
Lotlot and her buddy Feiza


Defending champion Louielyn ‘Lotlot’ Pamatian, a 2014 ASEAN School Games Silver medallist in the 800 of UST, leads the candidates with a time of 2:17.95 at the World University Games in Taipei. 

And did her PB of 2:13.97 4 years ago at the UAAP. Like the 400, the standard of Women’s 800m has also dropped in the UAAP.

With Pamatian closest rival, her teammate Feiza Lenton 2:21.10 this year with a PB of 2:14.47 from the 2015 Palaro.

Pamatian also has the fastest time in 1500 with 4:53.58, marginally ahead of Lenton at 4:53.67 and Joida Gagnao (FEU) 4:56.81.

Long Distance

Joida Gagnao
Joida Gagnao


Gagnao (19.35) and her teammate Sustituedo (19.38) lead the woman’s distance. With UP Diane Klein Ong not far behind.

The trio was Gold-Silver-Bronze last UAAP. While in the 10,000 its Mansueto (UST), Sustituedo, and Myka Sarmiento, the lone medalist of Adamson,

In the steeples, Gagnao (11.35), Sustituedo (12.03), and Mansueto (12.20) are the top 3.



Article by Andrew Pirie

ATFS Statistician 

On February 7-11, the 80th Season of the prestigious UAAP Athletics will kick off at the Phil Sports Complex at Pasig.  

Pinoyathletics.info in the lead-up to these games will Preview some of the contenders.

And who is likely to figure. And also polls where YOU DECIDE.

Mens 100m

This event was won by Clinton Kingsley Bautista (FEU) 3 years in a row. Bautista went onto becoming SEA Games Bronze Medalist in his prime event, the 110 Hurdles.

As Bautista is turning 26 this year, he is now ineligible as he is above the allowable age limit for this event. It will now be an interesting dance to see who crowns themselves the UAAP Fastest man in 2018. 

Clinton!!!!!! wins UAAP 100m 2017


Leading the Hunt is a man who has always been the bridesmaid and never the bride. 21-year-old Romnick Nor, ‘The Nor Express’ from Cotobato who studies at UST. 

Nor has created a lot of silverware as runner-up in the 100m in 2013, 2016, and 2017.

The 2010 National High school champion goes into this meet with a PB of 10.94. Perhaps this year, the steam train of the south will take the chocolates.  

Romnick Nor
The Nor Express (UST, yellow)


Another interesting contender who has been playing it low-key this year is Jose Marie Ramos of Ateneo.

Who was the bronze medallist in the 2016 UAAP? Ramos has timed 10.92 in the UAAP heats last year but faded to 5th place.

He has not been a regular presence at the weekly meets.

Another addition to Ateneo is Andrew Castaneda, a Fil-American sprinter who transferred to Ateneo after a few years of injuries. Castaneda has the best PB of the entries, having run 10.82 back in 2015.

But climbing out of injuries, he clocked 11.18 at the Weekly Meets last year.

Two other sprinters worthy of mention are William Galceran (FEU) who will be looking at following his school’s legacy in this event in the likes of Romnick Herida and Clinton Kingsley Bautista. Galceran has a PB of 10.95.

The little sprinter from Northern Mindanao took the bronze last year in the 100m.

Completing the strong list of Contenders who have run under 11 Seconds is the UAAP High school Record Holder Jaime Mejia who clocked 10.96 in the heats last year and finished 4th in the Final.

He will be looking to barge his way onto the podium this year.

Interestingly National team member 21-year-old the University of the Philippines has acquired Jomar Udtohan from San Sebastian College in the NCAA. Jomar needs to undergo one year of residency before he can play. Udtohan’s best time of 10.55 is below all 3 UAAP Records, including the 10.56 mark set by Ralph Soguilon of DLSU in 2002.

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200M Lions and Tigers and Nor OH MY!

Although he has run a 200m this past year, the Focus looks to be on the 2016 UAAP Champion Romnick Nor (UST), a PB of 22.31.

With defending champion Clinton Kingsley (FEU) over the 24 year age limit, the focus now shifts to Nor. Nor was, unfortunately, ran out of the heats last year in a poor 22.95.

Romnick Nor

Looking to catch the Express Train Nor. Last year’s Silver-Bronze duo from DLSU Kenneth Nodos (22.47) and Mico Del Prado (22.50). Overall it should be a close fight with other candidates being UAAP High school record holder Jaime Mejia (UP), who has run 22.48 this year and was 4th in the final last year.

William Galceran (FEU) has a PB of 22.39 and 22.56 this year. Dustine De Vera (UST) 22.64. With only .3 separating the Top 6.

The battle for the top 3 places is sure to be fierce. However, they are all very far from threatening the  UAAP Record.


Mighty Mico

Michael Carlo Del Prado
Michael Del Prado

Moving to the longer 400m Run. Surprise 2017 winner Mico Del Prado won in an upset victory over favorite Clinton Kingsley Bautista.

It has taken is 49.07 to 48.00. And will be the unchallenged favorite this year.

Del Prado has a bronze medal in the 4×400 at SEA Games in Malaysia since then. With Bautista gone, this now moves Del Prado DLSU training partner.

Kenneth Nodos the 2015 Palaro Champion and Bronze Medal last year with 49.70 in the second spot. Joel Hera (UST) and Jaime Mejia (UP) will be the Bronze’s key challenges.



Last year it was a close fight between UP led by Mejia and UST led by Nor 42.46 to 42.54 in the 4×100. 

 But with other teams solidifying their lineup, it could be anyone’s game. FEU did not finish in that race but no longer have Clinton.

Ateneo has got Fil-am Andrew Castaneda backing up Jose Marie Ramos. DLSU, who took bronze last year, has a fairly solid lineup as well.

So and will tightly fight the top 4 spots amongst UP, UST, DLSU, and ADMU. 

In the Men’s 4×400, the DLSU team will be strong, setting a UAAP Record last year in 3:19.38.

UST might present a challenge as DLSU has lost Jericho Ejercito, who is now overage for this meet. UST, who was second 3:20.49, will be looking to steal the chocolates this year with their team still intact.



With the Top 3 out. Ernest John Obiena (UST) the surprise winner recovering from injuries sustained before SEA Games. Patrick Unso and Clinton Kingsley Bautista are now overage. It leaves the event wide open.

Alvin Vergel (DLSU), who was 4th last year with a 14.96 PB, and UAAP High school record holder Jaime Emmanuel Mejia (UP), will be battling for the medals.

In the 400 Hurdles with Clinton not returning. Mico Del Prado (DLSU), Silver last year, leads the contenders with a 53.72 PB.

Also within the shoving range is Joel Hera (UST) 53.84, last year’s bronze medallist. And UAAP High school record holder Jaime Emmanuel Mejia (UP) 53.87.

Middle Distance

Erwin Parcon
Erwin Parcon by Precious Que


The depth of 800m runners has shrunk at the UAAP in recent years, with Ebren Neri of UST focusing on the national team.

Erwin Parcon of DLSU, who won last year in 1:56.92, leads the rankings. Ronjon Redoble, who took bronze last year, improved to 1:57.05, and silver medallist Michael Icao of UE stays at 1:57.41.

It may be a close fight again between the three men.

However, in the 1500m Erwin Parcon (DLSU), silver last UAAP has had a huge breakthrough improving from 4:07.06 to 4:02.42 at the Weekly Relay Finals last month. This puts him significantly ahead of defending champion Reynold Villafranca (UE) 4:06.42 and Capangpangan (UST) 4:07.59. Icao is also challenging for a medal, having improved to 4:07.92.


Long Distance

Defending 5000m Champion Philip Gongob (FEU) leads by the narrowest of Margins over last year’s silver medallist Reynold  Villafranca (UE) 15:41.28 to 15:41.67. Kevin Capangpangan (UST), which took bronze in 15:48.99, should also feature. 


10,000m times have got slower and slower over the years. Earl Casinabe (FEU) defends his title with a time of 33:38.56, from Villafranca 33:54 and Capangpangan 34:06. 

Villafranca, the 4th fastest man in the Philippines last year in the Steeple Chase, defends his title at 9:33.64; he will strongly challenge John Moreno (DLSU) 9:35.18, who was the UAAPChampion in 2016.



Janry Ubas


It will be SEA Games Bronze Medalist Janry Ubas, 24 (FEU), who will lead the way in the Men’s Long  Jump.

Ubas PB of 7.88m set at the PATAFA time trials is significantly better than his UAAP record of 7.39m.

No other jumper is over 7m but 2016 UAAP Champion Neil Borres (UST) (6.98m), Wilmar Martinez (UE) (6.91m), and 2017 UAAP Silver medallist and former rookie of the year Kirk Bacas (FEU) (6.86m) should battle it out for the other medals.

Ubas also should be able to defend his Triple Jump title leading the UAAP entries with 14.96m. Bacas last year’s silver medallist in 14.42m.

High Jump Ubas, a PB of 2.08m (2015), will challenge defending champion Keith Margo Quillo, also FEU (PB 2.03m, 2016).


In the Pole Vault, the question if the Injured Ernest Obiena (UST) will be participating.


Obiena, who ranked 40th globally (5.61m) and took the bronze medal at the Asian Championships, was sidelined from the SEA Games Pole Vault due to an injury sustained in training.

Chasing a distant second is Janry Ubas (4.70m, 2015) and David Managuelod (UP)(4.40m).

Meanwhile, another Obiena, a first-year college at DLSU Francis, EJ’s cousin, has a PB of 4.50m. I could really shake up the medal podium.


With the top five athletes in the country from NCAA.

The leader is defending champion FEU Rejohn Cliff Gadian, who has since improved from 38.04 to 39.72m. Gadian will be looking for the elusive 40-meter mark.

Likewise, in the Men’s Shotput, Kenneth Rafanan of DLSU will be looking at defending his title, which he won narrowly over Fel Vincent Quetulio FEU last year 13.03 to 12.99m.

The Top 5 athletes in the Javelin in the country are either overage or in the NCAA. Hence 2014 ASEAN School Games Champion and defending UAAP Champion Joshua Patulud DLSU leads the charge improving from 54.16 to 55.79m with the 800-gram Javelin.

In Hammer, Quetulio is the clear favorite with his winning throw last year of 41.05m.


2 years ago, the UAAP introduced a High School Girls Division. Now the action continued in 2018.

We are not as sure about the College division in which athletes have been acquired.

The first thing to note is that Athletes must be born on June 1, 1999, or afterward to participate.


MVP Ellah Sirilan covered in Medals

 The Outright favorite in the Girls 100m is Ellah Sirilan, 17 of University of the East, who holds the UAAP High school record with a run of 12.44 (0.5) last year.


Ellah will be going for her third straight win in a row in this event.

Ellah recently won the Manila Meet in 12.68.

Sirilan comes from a strong bloodline as her grandmother is the sister of Inocencia Solis, the the1958 Asian Games Champion in the 100m dash.

Also in contention are her 2 teammates  Sally Callos, bronze last year, who improved her 100m from 13.09 to 12.88 to land second at the Manila meeting.

And Patricia Lobos is also from a strong bloodline, the daughter of former national athletes Hurdler Arnel Lobos and 400m runner Perla Balatucan and a cousin of the Del Prado’s; she has run 12.98 from last year, where she took silver. Looking to break up the UE Cleansweep is UST Jessa Marie Libres (4th last year), who improved from 13.13 to 13.01

In the 200m, the favorite is also Record Holder Ellah Sirilan who has timed 26.23. Silver medalist Patricia Lobos (UE) 26.78 and Sally Callos (UE), the bronze medallist 27.49.

Callos formally held the national high school records in the 100m and 200m.

Ellah also the overwhelming favorite in the 400m with a PB of 58.98 in the heats, the UAAP Record, and a decent 59.46 in the finals.

While no other girls can run under 1.00the biggest challenge to Ellah may come from Middle Distance runner Tara Borlain (DLSU-Zobel), who is very capable of running well under a minute also.


2018 UAAP Season 80
2018 UAAP Season 80

2018 UAAP Season 80

With the four fastest athletes, the UE Girl quartet of Ellah, Lobos, Callos, and 200m Palaro Elementary Champion Gotchoco are expected to dominate the 4×100 and 4×400 relays.

In fact, the high school girls already ran 50.82 at the weekly relays, which are below their 51.22 records set in 2016.

With the same lineup with perhaps Gotchoco replacing Lagunay.

While in the 4×400, they have run 4:16.06 at weekly relays, which is slightly outside their 2016 Meet Record of 4:14.83.

2018 UAAP Season 80

2018 UAAP Season 80 Hurdles

Ellah Sirilan puts establishes as the favorite for the 400 Hurdles at the Palarong Pambansa

2018 UAAP Season 80

Ellah, last year’s MVP, can win up to 7 Golds again. Including the 100 Hurdles where she broke the record with 15.86, still, her PB set 2 years ago.

Ellah won the youth division at the weekly relays recently with 15.99.

She is unchallenged in this event, some 2 seconds clear of the field.

Ellah specialty event is the 400m Hurdles, where she took bronze at the 2017 Palarong Pambansa; Ellah broke the record last year at 1:05.11.

Ellah clocked her PB at 1.04.5 during the Palaro in Antique last year.

But she has been stuck at this range of time since 2015. 

“I want to win the Palaro this year in Vigan” Said Sirilan “I know its going to be tough”

And it will be as three other girls have run below 1:04; the winner will need to run 1:02, maybe even 1:01. The Palaro record is currently 1.03.1

2018 UAAP Season 80


2018 UAAP Season 80 Sprints

We continue a write-up of the UAAP with a Preview of the Secondary Boys. This is difficult to write up as we have the least amount of data in this area.

Among the candidates here is defending champion Manuel Guzman of Ateneo, who won the event last year in 11.27. 

Guzman did not run during the weekly relay events. His main challenge may come from Rodolfo Aldonza, last year’s NCR champ, who has run 11.0 and ran 11.2 last Sunday in time trials.

Guzman’s Ateneo teammates John Talbot won the silver last year in 11.47, and Jose Miguel Villaruel 3rd in Youth Boys at weekly relays.

While in the 200m De Guzman looks to defend his title with a 23.22 win last UAAP. Talbot, the silver medallist (23.47), has run 23.87 during weekly relays.

John Lloyd Osorio
John Lloyd Osorio. 2018 UAAP Season 80

2018 UAAP Season 80

In the 400m defending Champion, John Lloyd Osorio should be unchallenged, improving his 52.37 winnings time to 51.67 during the weekly relays. Jonathan Talbot, last year’s silver medallist, will also be there.

But he has focused on 100 and 200 and didn’t run 400 in weekly relays. Interestingly enough, none of the boy’s finalists bothered to show up at the Weekly relay finals, so and canceled the event.

2018 UAAP Season 80

2018 UAAP Season 80 Relays

2018 UAAP UE Boys 4x100
UE Boys 4×100. 2018 UAAP Season 80

2018 UAAP Season 80

With the addition of Aldonza to their lineup, the UE boys 4×100 might be unstoppable.

But the strong challenge could come from Ateneo, who was dqed last year after crossing the line second.

Even more so in the Boys 4×400, the Osorio-led team set a UAAP Record in 3:29.16. 

2018 UAAP Season 80

2018 UAAP Season 80 Hurdles

Defending Champion Ruther Dela Cruz (UE), as his birth date falls before June 1, 1999, will be unable to defend his title (15.68).

His teammate Eogie Garbin who clocked 15.72 at weekly relays, should pick up the pieces.  Also, their teammate Gio Gonzales 15.51 (youth heights)

Hiro Alamo
Hiro Alamo. 2018 UAAP Season 80

2018 UAAP Season 80

Hiro Alamo of National University will create a strong challenge for defending champion Jerico Pacis (UE); Pacis won it last year in 58.22, but Alamo ran 58.03 during Weekly Relays, and Pacis improved to 58.10.

None of the boys showed up for the 400 Hurdles in the Weekly Relay Finals.

2018 UAAP Season 80






By Andrew Pirie

Andrew was elected Vice President of the Association of Track and Field Statisticians in 2020 after being a member for 7 years. He has worked as a PSC Consultant and Research Assistant from 2013-2015, Consultant, and Sprint Coach at Zamboanga Sports Academy from 2015-2017. And Currently is Consultant Coach with VMUF 2021- Current editor and chief of Pinoyathletics.info, and has recently done consultancy work for Ayala Corp evaluating the Track and Field Program. Coaches Sprints, Middle and Jump events he is  Level 3 Athletics Australia Coaching Certification in Sprints and Hurdles. Currently working towards a Masters Degree in Education. He can be contacted on [email protected] You can find more information on Coaching here http://www.pinoyathletics.info/coaching-2/

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