Christoffe Bryan opened his season with a win in the men’s high jump at the Kansas State University (KSU), University of Kansas (KU), Wichita State University (WSU) Showdown in Lawrence, Kansas.Bryan, the former Wolmerian, won with a leap of 2.20m as his team finished second in the contest among the three universities.His countrywoman, Kimberly Williams, won the women’s equivalent with a 1.87m leap as she continues her gradual improvement since attending KSU two season ago.Despite his winning opening, Bryan is far from happy. A bothersome knee that has plagued him for years now continues to hamper his progress, a big concern since he plans to represent Jamaica at the Olympic Games in Rio this summer.”That’s the main goal,” said a frustrated Bryan. “I was supposed to go to the World Championships last year, but I had to pull out because of the same knee issue. But I am trying to get it sorted out as soon as possible.”Bryan has been struggling with a bad knee since his days in high school. He has had it treated, but nothing seems to be able help him put the injury behind him. It has now become a nuisance.”I am having this problem for too long and it’s holding me back. I went 2.28m last year and couldn’t get back there, so I was pretty frustrated and disappointed,” he said.The knee has not allowed him to jump much in practice this off-season, and he believes it affected him on Friday.”I feel it was a pretty good performance because I haven’t jumped that much in practice, so my timing was off,” he said. “When I got to 2.25m, my knee was bothering me a little, but I pushed through.”Bryan said that he aims to break 2.30m this season, which should help him earn a spot on the national team to Rio, and as such, he plans to undergo a procedure in a couple of months that he hopes will alleviate the knee problem that has been preventing him from soaring to new heights.
University of Perpetual Help’s Cinderella run has come to an end.ADVERTISEMENT The Altas lost its lone Final Four match against defending champion San Beda, 83-72, in the NCAA Season 94 men’s basketball tournament after ending the eliminations as the fourth-seeded team with an 11-7 record.Last year, Perpetual finished ninth with a 4-14 slate.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGinebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup titleSPORTSJapeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for GinebraSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissHead coach Frankie Lim, though, still looked into the positive of his team’s run in Season 94 saying the group overachieved especially with what transpired before he arrived in the school.“The whole team overachieved this season, we have 11 new players, and when I got to Perpetual in January I told myself that we would be lucky if we win three games,” said Lim in Filipino Friday at Filoil Flying V Center. “We didn’t have any materials to work with but we worked hard on skill development, we explained the system and what we wanted to do.” “There was a lot of work but it was worth it,” said Lim. “It’s not about me being satisfied with the work I’ve done but I appreciate that the people inside Perpetual and outside of it see the team’s improvement.”“It’s heartwarming that these guys are being appreciated and I think that’s the reward of the job.” Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? View comments Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college Tim Cone, Ginebra set their sights on elusive All-Filipino crown For the complete collegiate sports coverage including scores, schedules and stories, visit Inquirer Varsity. Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard PLAY LIST 02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Allen Durham still determined to help Meralco win 1st PBA title Gov’t to employ 6,000 displaced by Taal MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lim, who was a four-time champion with San Beda in the 2000s, said the players started to buy in to what he wanted and come the start of the NCAA season they were already in the same page.“They bought in to what I was preaching and I saw how the team grew and after that I thought to myself that we have a chance to get some wins,” said Lim. “At the start of the tournament, nobody rated us to be in the top four.”Lim added there was a ton of work to be done when he became the Altas’ head coach but he was proud with how the team evolved and how his group was perceived outside of the perimeters of the school.The multi-titled developed 6-foot-10 center Prince Eze as the team’s focal point in both the offensive and defensive ends and it reaped wonders not only for the whole team but for the big man also.Eze is seen as the league’s MVP after the season’s over while the Altas became a team to be reckoned with despite playing for less than a year under Lim.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIES PBA: NLEX frustrates Alaska in OT to keep playoff bid alive Japeth Aguilar embraces role, gets rewarded with Finals MVP plum Lights inside SMX hall flicker as Duterte rants vs Ayala, Pangilinan anew