Baby Falcon tracksters retain boys’ title, bag girls’ bronze in UAAP 86 athletics

Date Posted: December 1, 2023 at 09:00 AM

In a stunning display of athleticism and determination, Adamson University's Baby Falcon Tracksters successfully defended their boys' title and clinched bronze in the girls' division at the UAAP 86 Juniors Athletics Tournament held November 22 to 27 at the PhilSports Track Oval in Pasig City. 

The Baby Falcons dominated the boys' division, amassing an impressive 503.5 points throughout the competition, securing Adamson’s first title of the season.  

Head coach Ronald Corot expressed the pressure he felt during their preparations, namely with the influx of walk-in hopefuls, but credited strategic discussions among the coaching staff for their success. 

"Naging pressure sa 'kin as head coach and sa mga kasama kong coaches [ang influx ng walk-ins]. So, pinag-usapan namin kung ano 'yung kailangan namin," shared Corot.  

The long-time AdU mentor, though, then expressed his joy in securing another championship for San Marcelino. 

"Yung happiness hindi naman mawawala. Hindi mo man makita sa 'kin physically pero deep inside, alam ko 'yung saya ko na makuha namin 'yung championship," continued Corot, now a two-time champion mentor. 

The departure of UAAP 85 Boys MVP and now Men’s Rookie of the Year Kent Jardin did not seem to hinder the Baby Falcons as they found a new star in Hussein Loraña who inherited as the boys’ division’s top athlete this season.  

The 19-year-old standout from Baguio City secured six gold medals and a bronze, including a record-breaking performance in the 4x400-meter relay. 

Adamson concluded their remarkable run with the relay gold, setting a new UAAP record with a time of 3:22.09. Loraña, along with teammates Janzen Dela Cruz, Matthew Angeles, and Emanuel Morales, showcased their exceptional teamwork and skill on the final day of competition. 

Adamson also bagged the bronze medal in the girls’ division of the same contest behind University of Santo Tomas and University of the East. 

Marjorie Ragudos served as another silver lining as the Baby Lady Falcon was named the Rookie of the Year, adding to the team's success with a high jump gold and a silver in the 4x100-meter relay.  

With reports from UAAP Media Team