Mapúa University's student-athletes showcased their exceptional skills and talent during the second half of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Season 98, leaving a lasting mark on their respective tournaments.
In an impressive comeback after a three-year hiatus, the Mapúa Tracksters emerged as first runners-up in the Track and Field Championships. They brought home a remarkable total of 13 medals out of 15 events, including seven gold, four silver, and two bronze medals.
Two outstanding Mapúans, Ariel Legaspi and John Michael Fajardo, shattered the league record in the discus throw event, recording distances of 43.26 and 42.56 meters, respectively, surpassing the previous record of 41.46 meters. Their outstanding performances were a testament to their dedication and skill.
Another standout athlete, jumper Algin Gomez, was recognized as the Most Bemedaled Athlete of the season, earning a well-deserved honor by securing four gold medals. Gomez's exceptional achievements in his respective events showcased his unparalleled talent and dedication to his craft.
On the women's volleyball front, the Mapúa Lady Cardinals made history by breaking a 14-year Final Four drought. Their perseverance and hard work paid off as they finished the elimination round with an impressive 6-3 win-loss record. The team's performance demonstrated their ability to compete at a high level and marked a significant milestone for the program.
In the men's volleyball tournament, the Cardinals' Benedict San Andres stood out and received the prestigious Best Outside Spiker award. San Andres' exceptional skills and contributions to the team undoubtedly played a crucial role in their success. His recognition as the Best Outside Spiker is a testament to his hard work and dedication to his craft.