Las Justas

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Justas de Atletismo y Festival Deportivo
(Justas Intercolegiales[1])
"Las Justas"
Established 1929
Association FISU
Members 21
Sports fielded
  • 14
    • men's: 16
    • women's: 13
Region Puerto Rico and U.S.V.I.
Former names Justas Intercolegiales[1]
Headquarters Ponce, Puerto Rico
Commissioner José Enrique Arrarás[2]

The Justas de Atletismo y Festival Deportivo de Puerto Rico (English: Puerto Rico Athletic Games and Sports Festival) —better known as Las Justas Intercolegiales[1] (English: The Intercollegiate Games) or simply as Las Justas (English: The Games)— is an intercollegiate sports competition held annually in Puerto Rico where Puerto Rican colleges and universities compete against each other in different sports.[2][3] The event is also supplemented by artistic presentations that take place after the events come to an end at night each day.[4] The event is sponsored by the Liga Atlética Interuniversitaria de Puerto Rico. For many years the event was held in San Juan, but in 1993 it was moved to the city of Ponce, where - except for 2010 and 2016 – it has been held since. The week-long event takes place during the month of April.[5] The 2014 edition is scheduled to take place in Ponce from 6 April to 12 April 2014 with competitions in softball, basketball, beach volleyball, judo, table tennis, swimming, cheerleading, women's football, and athletics.[6]

History[edit]

Las Justas date back to the creation of Liga Atlética Interuniversitaria de Puerto Rico (English: Puerto Rico Intercollegiate Athletic League). The league was founded in 1929 by Cosme Beitía of the University of Puerto Rico, Rio Piedras Campus, Charles Leker for the Instituto Politécnico de San German, and Luis Izquierdo Galo y José D. Morales from the Colegio de Agricultura y Artes Mecanicas of Mayagüez. Las Justas began as a three-event competition between the institutions in the year 1929: baseball, basketball, and athletics.[7]

Originally it included only male participants but starting with the 1969-1970 academic year women began competing as well. Las Justas had been moved to Ponce in 1993 as a test for the 1993 Central American and Caribbean Games.[4] For many years the event was held in San Juan, but in 1993[8] the event was moved to the city of Ponce[9] which has all the required facilities for holding the event.[10] In 2010 the event was held in Mayagüez in preparation for the 2010 Central American and Caribbean Games.[11] The event resumed in Ponce in 2011, and continued in Ponce in 2012.[12]

Venue[edit]

Sporting events take place at the sports facilities of Pontificia Universidad Católica de Puerto Rico, the athletic field at urbanización Villa del Carmen, Polideportivo at urbanización Los Caobos, Paquito Montaner Stadium, Auditorio Juan Pachín Vicéns, and the Victor Vassallo Olympic Swimming Pool.[13][14] Musical events take place at Plaza Las Delicias.[15] La Guancha is also another recreational and musical venue.[16]

Security[edit]

With over 200,000[5] people attending Las Justas every year, security has been a major concern.[17] In 2010, for example, 13 people were arrested for drug activities during the events.[1] Las Justas, it is said, has evolved into a Puerto Rican-style Spring Break.[18] Close to 1,500 security personnel patrol the event for security.[5] A number of items are not permitted in the areas where activities of Las Justas are celebrated, including both sporting events and associated musical celebrations. Coolers, liquids not in their original containers, glass bottles, umbrellas, baseball bats, canes, and fire arms are some of the items that are excluded.[19] In 2012, Enrique Arrarás Mir, the Commissioner of the event, said that “the safest place in all of Puerto Rico during the celebration of Las Justas will be the city of Ponce”.[16] In 2011, in Mayaguez, there were also arrests for drunkness and drug trafficking.[20] In 2014, electronic scanners were implemented at checkpoints, doing away with the former and slower manual frisk system.[21]

Economy[edit]

In 2009, it was estimated that Las Justas generate close to $6 million USD in income resulting from food and other sales as well as lodging.[5] In addition to donating the use of the facilities throughout the city,[22] the Ponce Municipal Government also contributes $200,000 to the costs of celebrating Las Justas in Ponce.[23][24]

Broadcast[edit]

The events are relayed via DIRECTV (Puerto Rico Channel 161) and via Canal Universitario Ana G. Méndez “Sistema TV” on channels 40 and 26, as well as streamed via www.sistematv.com.[12]

Sports played[edit]

Participants[edit]

As of 2012, twenty-one universities participate in the event as follows:[23][25]

Institution (English) Institution (Spanish) Acronym Location Year joined
University of Puerto Rico, Río Piedras Universidad de Puerto Rico, Recinto de Río Piedras UPR San Juan, Puerto Rico 1929
University of Puerto Rico at Mayagüez Recinto Universitario de Mayagüez RUM Mayagüez, Puerto Rico 1929
Interamerican University of Puerto Rico Universidad Interamericana de Puerto Rico UIPR San German, Puerto Rico 1929
Pontifical Catholic University of Puerto Rico Pontificia Universidad Católica de Puerto Rico PUC Ponce, Puerto Rico 1954
University of Puerto Rico at Cayey Universidad de Puerto Rico en Cayey UPRC Cayey, Puerto Rico 1971
University of Turabo Universidad del Turabo UT Gurabo, Puerto Rico 1975
University of Puerto Rico at Humacao Universidad de Puerto Rico en Humacao UPRH Humacao, Puerto Rico 1975
University of the Sacred Heart Universidad del Sagrado Corazón USC Santurce, Puerto Rico 1979
University of Puerto Rico at Bayamón Universidad de Puerto Rico en Bayamón UPRB Bayamón, Puerto Rico 1980
University of Puerto Rico at Arecibo Universidad de Puerto Rico en Arecibo UPRA Arecibo, Puerto Rico 1983
American University of Puerto Rico AUPR Bayamón, Puerto Rico 1991
Bayamón Central University Universidad Central de Bayamón UCB Bayamón, Puerto Rico 1991
University of Puerto Rico at Ponce Universidad de Puerto Rico en Ponce UPRP Ponce, Puerto Rico 1992
University of Puerto Rico at Aguadilla Universidad de Puerto Rico en Aguadilla UPAG Aguadilla, Puerto Rico 1992
University of Puerto Rico at Carolina Universidad de Puerto Rico en Carolina UPCA Carolina, Puerto Rico 1994
University of Puerto Rico at Utuado Universidad de Puerto Rico en Utuado UPRU Utuado, Puerto Rico 1998
Polytechnic University of Puerto Rico Universidad Politécnica de Puerto Rico POLI San Juan, Puerto Rico 1999
Eastern University Universidad del Este UNE Carolina, Puerto Rico 2005
Metropolitan University Universidad Metropolitana UMET San Juan, Puerto Rico 2005
Caribbean University CU Bayamón, Puerto Rico 2005
University of the Virgin Islands UVI Saint Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands 2005

Winners[edit]

According to Gabrielle Paese, Las Justas have become “a power struggle between just two universities: [Universidad del ] Turabo, the Caguas school in the Ana G. Mendez system, versus San German’s Inter American University. Led by two strong track coaches (Luis Dieppa of Turabo and Freddy Vargas of Inter American U., respectively) the schools compete for the overall title. That means the meet becomes more about which school accumulates the most points and less about individual performance.”[18]

2011[edit]

The 2011 winners were as follows:[22][26]

Men's competitions[edit]

Women's competitions[edit]

2012[edit]

The 2012 winners were as follows:[27]

Men’s competitions[edit]

Women’s competitions[edit]

2013[edit]

The 2013 winners were as follows:[28]

Men’s competitions[edit]

Women’s competitions[edit]

Specific sport results[edit]

Dance Teams[edit]

2008[edit]
2009[edit]
2010[edit]
2011[edit]
2012[edit]
2013[edit]
2014[edit]

External links[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c d Arrestan a 13 por drogas en las actividades de las Justas. El Sur a la Vista. Ponce, Puerto Rico. 18 April 2010. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
  2. ^ a b LAI calienta motores para Mayaguez 2010. Primera Hora. San Juan, Puerto Rico. 18 November 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
  3. ^ Para las Justas 2011: Pronostican cifra récord de asistencia. (Title in printed version: "Pronostican las Justas mas concurridas de la historia.") Jason Rodriguez Grafal. La Perla del Sur. Ponce, Puerto Rico. (Title in printed version: "Pronostican las Justas mas concurridas de la historia." Year 29. Issue 1427. Page 4.) 6 April 2011. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
  4. ^ a b En sondeo de La Perla del Sur: Unánime el reclamo por las Justas. Jason Rodríguez Grafal. Ponce, Puerto Rico: La Perla del Sur. Year 27. Issue 1347. Page 6. 23 September 2009. Retrieved 28 November 2012.
  5. ^ a b c d Alcaldesa de Ponce presenta plan de seguridad para las Justas. Emanuel Antonio Vera. Primera Hora. San Juan, Puerto Rico. 9 April 2011. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
  6. ^ A un mes de las Justas de la LAI: Hoy inicia el conteo regresivo para el famoso evento deportivo. CyberNews. El Vocero. San Juan, Puerto Rico. 12 March 2014. Retrieved 14 March 2014.
  7. ^ Wilfredo Torres. Historia de las Justas, 1929-1998. San German, Puerto Rico. 1999.
  8. ^ Terminan las justas y “Síguelo pa’ Ponce 2011” . El Sur a la Vista. Ponce, Puerto Rico. 18 April 2010. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
  9. ^ Las Justas se quedan en Ponce. Amigos de Ponce. 21 January 2010. Univision. (Originally published in El Nuevo Dia Guaynabo, Puerto Rico) Retrieved 4 August 2012.
  10. ^ Alcaldesa solicita formalmente el regreso de las justas a Ponce. El Sur a la Vista. Ponce, Puerto Rico. 18 April 2010. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
  11. ^ LAI calienta motores para Mayagüez 2010. Primera Hora. San Juan, Puerto Rico. 18 November 2009. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
  12. ^ a b Ponce se duplicará durante las Justas. Jason Rodríguez Grafal. Ponce, Puerto Rico: La Perla del Sur. Year 30. Issue 1480. Page 4. 11 April 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2012.
  13. ^ Se apercibe Ponce para las Justas. Raúl Camilo Torres. El Vocero. San Juan, Puerto Rico. 18 April 2012. Retrieved 27 November 2012. There is an error in the news media report: Sixto Escobar is not located in Ponce, but in San Juan. As such the news report should say Paquito Montaner which is the stadium in Ponce for baseball, track and field or other similar athletic activities
  14. ^ Retendrá las Justas por dos años más. Reinaldo Millán. La Perla del Sur. Ponce, Puerto Rico. Year 31. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
  15. ^ Se apercibe Ponce para las Justas. Raúl Camilo Torres. El Vocero. San Juan, Puerto Rico. 18 April 2012. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
  16. ^ a b Ponce se duplicará durante las Justas. Jason Rodríguez Grafal. Ponce, Puerto Rico: La Perla del Sur. Year 30. Issue 1480. Page 4. 11 April 2012. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
  17. ^ a b Justas: otro año sin incidentes graves. Omar Alfonso. La Perla del Sur. Ponce, Puerto Rico. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
  18. ^ a b Justas: Is it a track meet or an excuse to party?. Gabrielle Paese. Puerto Rico Herald. 22 April 2005. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
  19. ^ Se apercibe Ponce para las Justas. Raúl Camilo Torres. El Vocero. San Juan, Puerto Rico. 18 April 2012. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
  20. ^ Rival en el horizonte: Quieren repetir Justas alcaldes del Oeste. Luis Penchi. La Perla del Sur. Ponce, Puerto Rico. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
  21. ^ No habrá cacheo en las Justas de Ponce. (Title printed version: Comisionado: No habra cateo en las Justas de Ponce.) Jason Rodríguez Grafal. La Perla del Dur. Year 32. Issue 1583. Page 6. 2 April 2014. Retrieved 2 April 2014.
  22. ^ a b Retendrá las Justas por dos años más. Reinaldo Millán. La Perla del Sur. Ponce, Puerto Rico. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
  23. ^ a b Regresan las Justas LAI a Ponce. Primera Hora. San Juan, Puerto Rico. 8 September 2010. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
  24. ^ Puja por las Justas. Esteban Pagán Rivera. Primera Hora. San Juan, Puerto Rico. 31 August 2012. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
  25. ^ SIGUEN CELEBRANDO EN LA INTER Y LA UMET TRAS VICTORIAS EN LA LAI. Noticias Sur P.R. 18 April 2012. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
  26. ^ Siguen Celebrando en la Inter y la UMET Tras Victorias an la LAI. Noticias Sur P.R. 18 April 2012. Retrieved 27 November 2012.
  27. ^ Justas de Campeonato 2012 - 4/17/2012 a 4/19/2012: Lugar por Equipos - Hasta el Evento 44. Liga Atletica Interuniversitaria. 2011 scores. Retrieved 24 April 2013.
  28. ^ INTER y UMET ganan las Justas 2013. Zacha Acosta. La Perla del Sur. Ponce, Puerto Rico. 21 April 2013. (Printed edition: Se Cumple la Profecia de las Justas. 21 April 2013. Year 31. Issue 1534. Page 53.) Retrieved 24 April 2013.