The University of Perpetual Help Junior Altas finally accomplished their long-cherished dream, winning the athletics crown in the recent NCAA track and field championships.
The Junior Altas collected 11 golds, 8 silvers and 4 bronze medals for a whopping 1,044 points, way ahead of the EAC-ICA Brigadiers (392.5) and the San Beda Red Cubs (384.5).
Jerick ‘Toto’ Arzaga emerged as the MVP winner after topping 400m hurdles, 110m hurdles, and 4x100m relay.
The Grade 12 student, however, was denied of a fourth gold after settling for a bronze in the 200m.
Jeremiah Cortez was crowned as sprint prince by topping the centerpiece event and was part of the 4×100 meters relay. He also netted a bronze in the 400m.
Also winning golds were Samal Island native Russel Ricaforte, who broke the meet record in discuss throw 42.89 meters) and shot put, Warren Villaroza (long jump), Jommel Gonzales (steeple chase and 1500meters), and Ernie Calipay (high jump).
Producing silvers were Emmanuel Medrano (long jump and high jump), and John Paul Sarmiento (javelin).
The winning Junior Altas were hailed by Anthony Tamayo, UPHSD President and NCAA Policy Board chairman.