UAAP Highlights: MIGHTY JAMES bulldozes 32 year old UAAP High school records others follow

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James Orduna


Palarong Pambansa 1500, 3KS and 5k Champion James Orduna originally from Leyte now studying at UE. Bulldozed the UAAP Boys 5000m Record. Previously the mark was shared by Alex Bautista 17.35.3 and Kyle Davison Narido 17.42.21. Bautista set his mark some 32 years ago! Both boys were also from the University of the East. Narido mark is more recent from 2013. The wonderful performances of James who also secured gold in the 800, 1500 and 3K Steeples saw UE retain the overall championship in the UAAP High school boys division.

James Orduna

James Orduna part of the winning UE Boys Team

Orduna who will run at the NCR meet in a few days is preparing to defend his Palaro title. Already he has timed 15.24 in time trials against adult members of the national team. The 17 year old  has his eyes set on the 15.38.40 Palaro Record of Cresencio Sabal set in the 1998 Palarong Pambansa.

It was by no means a slow field, but James clearly dominated the race. The next three all went under the old record. John Osorio of UE 17.21.81, Kenneth Tuague UE 17.24.75 made it a UE clean sweep of the podium. With Jericho Gelindon in fourth 17.31.88 also under the old record.

UAAP 79 Track and Field Competition
Day 4 (February 11, 2017) Results

Boys’ 5000M Final

1. Orduña, james Darrel (UE) – 15:51.15 GOLD**
2. Osorio, John Loyd (UE) – 17:21.81 SILVER*
3. Tuague, Kenneth (UE) – 17:24.75 BRONZE*
4. Gelindon, Jericho (ADU) -17:31.38*
5. Agura, Cj Renz (UST) – 19:11.31
6. Adan, Michael Alfredm(UST) – 19:12.79
7. Francisco, Ezekiel Drew (UST) – 19:17.23
8. Perez, Theodore (ADMU) – 19:22.35
9. Basco, Andrei (UE) – 20:11.52
10. Dimasupil, Marco Miguel (ADU) – 20:52.64
11. Novilla, Ralph Daniel (UP) – 20:56.28
12. Reyes, Alfonso (DLSU) – 21:47.30
13. Pascual, Julio (DLSU) – 22:48.16
**New UAAP record
*Surpass UAAP record


Other record breakers in Girls Long Jump included Daniela Despeda (DLSU) 4.89m, who broke the record last year of Rozette Marie Tan (UE) 4.43m.

In High school boys Johnrey Magallanes (UST) 3.80m previous record was set by Mark Operario (ADMU) 3.61m last year. This year Operario setteld for silver with 3.50m. Ralph Guerrero (UST) was bronze with 3.50m.

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