Maika De Oro's 37.65m throw in discus throw yesterday failed to eclipse the 38.42m distance she set in Roxas City last year but it was enough to give host University of St. La Salle its first gold medal in the 17 th Sandugo University Games at the Panaad Park and Stadium.
De Oro also gifted her school a silver medal in shot put, despite joining the competition at the last minute.
Her father and trainer, Manuel, said Maika opted to concentrate on discus throw this year and did not practice in shot put. The silver finish, he said, was more than good enough.
Also giving the USLS two more medals in athletics was Jelyn Duran, who finished with the silver in women's 800m and the bronze in 1,500m.
The host school also celebrated impressive performances in men and women's volleyball yesterday as the women's team beat University of Sto . Tomas in four sets, 25-18, 25-17, 19-25, and 25-11 while the men's squad prevailed over Ateneo De Manila University.
The victory in volleyball made up for the heartbreaking loss 73-77 USLS loss against John B. Lacson Foundation Memorial University in men's basketball and the 2-2 against Far Eastern University in men's football.
Meanwhile, firming up their position in the quarterfinals are the men's basketball squad are Manila teams Ateneo Blue Eagles, National University , Adamson University , University of Sto . Tomas and University of the East.
Ateneo remains in the lead in Bracket A, while NU, which routed West Negros University, 80-56, leads in Bracket B.
Adamson beat UST, 86-81, at the Tay Tung Gym yesterday to take the lead in Bracket C, while UE is unbeaten in Bracket D.
Among the local teams, only University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos stands a chance of joining the quarterfinals as it registered its third victory against the University of San Agustin, 92-82, to place second to UE in their bracket.*NAB
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