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Junior Tracksters bag awards in Taiwan

Article by: Nicholle Kim T. Fontanilla and Reine Amabel J. Jaruda
Photos courtesy of: Coach Sean Guevara

Coming home from a six-day tourney, two Mapúa Junior Tracksters brought victories to their name and to the university from the recently-concluded Taiwan National Middle School Athletic Games in Kaohsiung City, Taiwan last April 25.
During the international athletic competition, Red-and-Gold representatives Kirk Aisne Sim Caldeo clinched eighth place for the shot put category while James Lozañes brought home a silver medal for finishing second in the javelin throw.

“𝘐𝘵 𝘸𝘢𝘴 𝘰𝘷𝘦𝘳𝘸𝘩𝘦𝘭𝘮𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰 𝘨𝘰 𝘢𝘨𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘴𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘨𝘪𝘢𝘯𝘵𝘴, [𝘣𝘶𝘵 𝘸𝘦] 𝘴𝘵𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘨𝘰𝘵 𝘵𝘰 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘧𝘪𝘯𝘢𝘭𝘪𝘴𝘵𝘴 𝘴𝘱𝘰𝘵 𝘢𝘯𝘥 1𝘴𝘵 𝘳𝘶𝘯𝘯𝘦𝘳-𝘶𝘱,” Caldeo shared. “𝘞𝘦’𝘳𝘦 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘦𝘹𝘱𝘦𝘤𝘵𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰𝘰 𝘮𝘶𝘤𝘩 𝘢𝘣𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦 𝘢𝘴 𝘸𝘦 𝘢𝘭𝘭 𝘬𝘯𝘰𝘸 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘰𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳 𝘤𝘰𝘶𝘯𝘵𝘳𝘪𝘦𝘴 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘮𝘰𝘳𝘦 𝘱𝘰𝘸𝘦𝘳𝘧𝘶𝘭 𝘵𝘩𝘢𝘯 𝘶𝘴 𝘪𝘯 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘵.”

With just over a month after competing in NCAA 94, the Junior Tracksters had little time to prepare for the international competition, which meant a tamer training regimen compared to their previous routines. However, they instead focused on possible strategies to use when they face foreign athletes and received feedback from the whole Tracksters team. “𝘛𝘩𝘦𝘺 𝘨𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘶𝘴 𝘢𝘥𝘷𝘪𝘤𝘦 𝘰𝘯 𝘸𝘩𝘢𝘵 𝘸𝘦 𝘴𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘭𝘥 𝘥𝘰 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘤𝘳𝘪𝘵𝘪𝘤𝘪𝘻𝘦𝘥 𝘶𝘴 𝘰𝘯 𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘵𝘳𝘢𝘪𝘯𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘵𝘰 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘢 𝘣𝘦𝘵𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘱𝘦𝘳𝘧𝘰𝘳𝘮𝘢𝘯𝘤𝘦,” Caldeo exclaimed.

The shot put athlete added that the key factor to their success was the utmost support of the University, the Athletics Department, and the coaching staff. “𝘞𝘪𝘵𝘩𝘰𝘶𝘵 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘮, 𝘵𝘩𝘪𝘴 𝘦𝘷𝘦𝘯𝘵 𝘸𝘪𝘭𝘭 𝘯𝘰𝘵 𝘣𝘦 𝘱𝘰𝘴𝘴𝘪𝘣𝘭𝘦,” he added. 

Claiming that it is an honor and a privilege to represent not only the university, but also the country, Caldeo reflected on the importance of God in the victories. “𝘈𝘭𝘸𝘢𝘺𝘴 𝘩𝘢𝘷𝘦 𝘧𝘢𝘪𝘵𝘩 𝘪𝘯 𝘎𝘰𝘥,” he said. “𝘗𝘶𝘵 𝘎𝘰𝘥 𝘢𝘴 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘤𝘦𝘯𝘵𝘦𝘳 𝘰𝘧 𝘺𝘰𝘶𝘳 𝘭𝘪𝘧𝘦 𝘢𝘯𝘥 𝘵𝘩𝘦𝘳𝘦’𝘴 𝘯𝘰 𝘴𝘱𝘢𝘤𝘦 𝘧𝘰𝘳 𝘭𝘰𝘴𝘪𝘯𝘨 𝘣𝘦𝘤𝘢𝘶𝘴𝘦 [𝘢𝘵] 𝘵𝘩𝘦 𝘵𝘪𝘮𝘦 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘢𝘤𝘤𝘦𝘱𝘵 𝘏𝘪𝘮, 𝘺𝘰𝘶 𝘢𝘳𝘦 𝘷𝘪𝘤𝘵𝘰𝘳𝘪𝘰𝘶𝘴.”
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