Published on February 7th, 2018 | by George Aladin0
UAAP Season 80 Preview: DLSU Green and Lady Tracksters
The De La Salle University Green Tracksters made up for missing the previous University Games as they finished their offseason with a respectable performance at the Philippine Athletics Track and Field Association weekly relays, earning them a total of 10 medals.
The team put on extra effort as they are lacking key players for the upcoming season. Their goal is to carry the flag of the Green and White with a strong finish to the podium.
The Tracksters are going to compete without the services of Pach Unso and Adel Valdecanas who graduated and ended their UAAP tenure last year.
The men’s and women’s division, though outnumbered, still boast an impressive line-up with returning team captains Shaira Hernandez and Michael Del Prado, veterans Angeli Din, Alvin Vergel, Judy Ann Rendora, Erwin Parcon and Melai Escoton. They also have promising rookies in Francis Obiena and Manjo Maralit, with the latter playing on his only UAAP Season.
Coaches Geoffrey Chua, Romeo Sotto and Edward Obiena will continue guiding the team’s path in pulling off a remarkable run this upcoming UAAP Season.
Veterans Angel Carino and Coach Edward Obiena are confident that both teams will give their best to end the season great despite lacking significant numbers of players due to
Carino, who set a UAAP record in the women’s triple jump event last season, said that the team will fully give out their best as they prepare for the sport that they really love and they will do everything they can to win.
Coach Edward Obiena wants the whole team to step-up since they not only lack players, but also training periods.
“We have a hole in our usually formidable relay team. There was also a long period when ULTRA was closed leaving us with no training venue,” Coach Obiena said, “We are still experiencing a talent drought as an effect of the K-12 curriculum,” he added.
Coach Obiena, who for the first time will coach his son, Francis, in the collegiate level hopes that he can deliver the points and medals as a way to fill in the voids left by Unso and Valdecanas.
“We are lucky though to get a multi-event athlete Francis whom we expect to deliver the points and medals contributed last season by Pach and Adel” He ended.
No matter what challenges the team will face this upcoming season, expect them to perform their best for the team and the university.
Catch the DLSU Tracksters as they show their blazing skills this coming Season 80. Watch them compete this coming February 7 at The PhilSports Complex (ULTRA) in Pasig.