By The Star Staff
The Athletic Activities Department at the University of Puerto Rico Mayagüez Campus (RUM by its Spanish acronym) will hold the third edition of the Wilfredo Maisonave Indoor Sports Championship on Saturday at Rafael A. Mangual Coliseum.
This competition includes the weight and hammer throws, as well as long, triple, high jump and pole vault events. This year, the public and private high schools category has been added, along with the open category, which includes national athletes and participants from the universities affiliated with the Inter-University Athletic League, as announced by RUM Athletic Director José F. “Tito” Estévez Pérez in a written statement.
“This event is not only a competition, but a meeting of athletic excellence where skill, effort and talent converge,” Estévez Pérez said. “It is an honor for us to welcome athletes from various categories, from high schools to university representatives, in an event that highlights the greatness of sport in Puerto Rico and that is unique in its class on the island.”
He added that this year the competition will be dedicated to Carlos Acosta and Nilsa Paris Millán, former collegiate athletes who achieved national and international triumphs and today continue as jumping and speed coaches at the University of Puerto Rico.
“Both are glories of our country and have represented the green and white colors of our institution, as well as the Puerto Rican flag,” Estévez Pérez said. “For this reason, it fills us with great satisfaction to be able to honor them in this activity that bears the name of another glory of the sport: Wilfredo Maisonave.”
Around 150 athletes from all over Puerto Rico are expected to participate in the competition, an event that also serves as an ideal opportunity for prospective athletes to learn more about the venue on the RUM campus.