Right before the first starting pistol in the UAAP Season 79 Athletics competition was fired the FEU Men’s Track and Field team was poised to give the school its seventh straight and 25th overall title.
The Tamaraws dominated the pre-season meets including the 2016 UNIGAMES and its roster was nearly intact from last season.
“We were confident because we prepared hard and we were familiar with the strong players from the other schools,” said senior Janry Ubas.
However, Ubas became anxious when Head Coach Dario de Rosas asked him if he was ready to do another campaign for multiple gold medals.
“A day before the games my throat started to become sore. I knew I was coming down with a fever but I did not want to tell my coach and my teammates.”
The result was that Ubas still gave an outstanding performance and he shattered the UAAP records in the high jump (2.05 meters.) during the decathlon competition and long jump (7.39 meters).
He also won the high jump and triple jump for a total of four golds and one silver and was named tournament Most Valuable Player, his second after UAAP Season 77.
UAAP Season 78 MVP Clinton Kingsley Bautista also had an outstanding performance after winning three gold medals, one silver and two bronzes.
“Clinton would be MVP if he took another gold but I told him that he can still get his second MVP next year after I’ve graduated,” Ubas said in jest.
FEU finished with 404 points and now has a total of 25 UAAP championships.
Meanhile, the FEU Women’s Track and Field team finished second in the tournament for the third straight year. The Lady Tams had a total of 401 points against the 490 of champion University of Santo Tomas.