With a meagre 14 golds, 35 silvers and 30 bronzes in the final medal tally, the Mountain Province State Polytechnic College ended 3rd runner in the over-all ranking during the recently-concluded CARASUC Games 2015 held on December 2-6, 2015 at the Benguet State University. This has, so far, been the lowest rank that the college has unfortunately achieved in the history of its participation in the regional games. In a phone interview with the College President, Dr. Rexton F. Chakas, he said, “MPSPC athletes did well even though the College did not send a full delegation to the regional competitions.” MPSPC Sports Director Charlie Wrykan S. Engngeg also averred that the performance of other SUCs like the Ifugao State University (IFSU) and the Apayao State College (ASC) have levelled up in their performances this year; perhaps, they prepared for the meet at an earlier time.
Athletes in Arnis women secured 5 golds while athletics women runners scored 3 golds and thus were this year’s gold hoarders. Expectedly, taekwondo men, athletics men and arnis men players also notched the other golds for the college. Meanwhile, the athletes in badminton women, taekwondo women and volleyball men have put up a good fight and reaped silvers and bronzes and contributing to the college’s runner-up spot.
GOLD MEDALISTS. Alexis Bismonte (leading, left photo) and Nicole Bryle Gut-omen (in red gear, right photo) of MPSPC bagged gold medals in the running events and in arnis men respectively during the Regional CARASUC Games 2015 held on December 2-6, 2015 at the Benguet State University. /photo by: Alvin Ticangan and Dax Afidchao, MIS/
The perennial champion, Benguet State University bagged 89 golds, 43 silvers and 29 bronzes, getting the championship in most team events and the athletics. With a surprising boost from its fourth finish last year, the Ifugao State University came strong with determination to dislodge Apayao State College (ASC) with 38 golds, 38 silvers and 64 bronzes. ASC dropped to one rank lower from last year’s to a 2nd runner-up finish with 26 golds, 23 silvers and 19 bronzes. Abra State Institute of Sciences and Technology (ASIST) ended up with 9 golds, 8 silvers and 7 bronzes while the Kalinga-Apayao State College (KASC) secured 7 golds, 35 silvers and 23 bronzes. Despite fielding a scanty number of athletes in few events, UP Baguio took home 3 golds and 10 bronzes.
With the college’s standing, Dr. Chakas still expressed his confidence that the athletes gave their best and thus hoped that MPSPC will do better next year. /Mark Presron S. Lopez