MANILA – Adamson University's Kent Francis Jardin kicked off his campaign in the Reserves Officer Training Corps (ROTC) Games National Championships with two gold medals at the Philsports track and field stadium in Pasig City on Monday.
The 19-year-old Jardin, representing the Philippine Navy, ruled the men's 200 meters in 22.07 seconds, better than his 22.22 performance at the NCR leg.
John Andre Ponce of University of Cagayan Valley settled for a silver medal (22.78) while Peter Molina of Western Visayas State University Main Campus took the bronze medal (23.02).
The 5-foot-6 Jardin later joined Denmark Dacunes, Ralph Anthony Lego and Alexander Padilla in the 4x100m relay, claiming victory with a time of 43.29 seconds.
“I'm happy for winning my two events. That's my goal today," the Bachelor of Science in Exercise and Sports Sciences (BSESS) freshman said.
In the women's division, University of the Philippines bet Josie Inemedo ruled the 200m in 26.64 seconds, while the University of Negros Occidental-Recoletos 4x100m relay team of Marla Jean Bacaro, Ciara Largavista, Jeazel Talaver and Angelica Bacaro clocked 55.50 seconds to win the gold.
Meanwhile, Philippine Army's Joelen Efondo, Alfred Deslate, Mark Paul Hernandez, Florence Sumpay and Rodrigo Lomogda, and Philippine Air Force's Eric Baron won their respective matches in the boxing competition at the Rizal Memorial Sports Complex (RMSC) in Malate.
Over at the Technological University of the Philippines (TUP) gym, Jose Rizal Memorial State University outplayed Tarlac State University, 25-22, 25-18, 25-23, and University of Cagayan Valley prevailed over Guimaras State University, 25-23, 25-21, 21-25, 17-15.
Competition in arnis and kickboxing will start on Tuesday at RMSC.
The ROTC Games, a brainchild of Senator Francis Tolentino, is a collaboration of the Commission on Higher Education, the Department of National Defense, the Armed Forces of the Philippines, and the Philippine Sports Commission. (PNA)