Right before the first starting pistol in the UAAP Season 79 Athletics competition was fired the general belief was that the FEU Men’s Track and Field team was expected to give the school its seventh straight title and 25th overall.
The Tamaraws dominated the pre-season meets including the 2016 UNIGAMES and its roster was nearly intact from last season.
“We we’re confident because we prepared hard and we we’re familiar on who we’re the strong players from the other schools,” said senior Janry Ubas.
However, Ubas was almost speechless 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 teammates.”
Despite not being 100% Ubas still gave an outstanding performance as 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 named tournament Most Valuable Player, his second after UAAP Season 77.
UAAP Season 78 MVP Clinton Kingsley Bautista also had an outstanding campaign after winning three gold medals, one silver and two bronzes.
“Clinton would be have been easily MVP if he took another gold but I told him that he can get his second MVP next year because I’ve graduated,” Ubas said in jest.
FEU finished with 404 points and now has a total of 25 athletics’ 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.