University of the East’s Jennyrose Rosales shattered Lydia de Vega’s 32-year-old Philippine record in the 400 meters during the UAAP athletic competitions at the La Salle Dasmarinas track and field stadium last Sunday.
Rosales’ time of 54.65 seconds in her heat erased the former Asia sprint queen’s all-time record of 54.75 seconds, which she established in the 1981 Manila Southeast Asian Games at the Rizal Memorial Oval.
Rosales, a 19-year-old Physical Education junior from Talisay, Batangas, also completed a 1-2-3 finish by UE tracksters in the 400m finals.
She ran 56.03 but it was enough for her to win the gold in the afternoon finals, shoving teammates Neslee Angco (57.62) and Carmela Leonardo (58.14) to second and third place.
The Far Eastern University women’s team won its 10th straight women’s overall crown after tallying in 451 points in the four-day meet. University of Santo Tomas placed second with 394, followed by UE with 233.
FEU men’s dominated for the fourth straight year in the men’s side after coming in with 378.5 points, while UST which had 319.5 markers for the runner-up honors.
University of the Philippines placed third with 211 points.
FEU now has 23 championships in the women’s and men’s division.
JOSEF T. RAMOS