Cross country cruises in invitational

 With less than one mile remaining on the three-mile course, Beverly Wilson rounds the east side of the lake at Huntington Beach Central Park Saturday morning. ULV was the only Division III school competing among Divisions I and II at the UC Irvine Invitational. / photo by Starr Carroll
With less than one mile remaining on the three-mile course, Beverly Wilson rounds the east side of the lake at Huntington Beach Central Park Saturday morning. ULV was the only Division III school competing among Divisions I and II at the UC Irvine Invitational. / photo by Starr Carroll

by Summer Herndon
Staff Writer

University of La Verne’s men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in the UC Irvine Invitational last Saturday at Central Park in Huntington Beach against primaries and Division I schools.

From the men’s team, Genaro Hernandez was the top runner for La Verne with a time of 28:25 in the five mile race. Gilbert Gomez ran behind him with a time of 29:25.

“The team did better than we expected, especially against Occidental, who was our top competitor last year,” said Gomez.

Rosa Sanchez led the pace for the women’s team with a time of 21:18 in the 5,000 meter race. Teammate freshman, Morgan Babler was almost two minutes behind her as she ran a 23:14.

With many Division I schools competing in this invitational, La Verne did not finish as well as they wanted to. There were 14 teams that competed and over 250 people who participated in the meet.

Some of the teams included runners from Northern Arizona, USC, New Mexico State, Cal State Fullerton, UC Irvine, Cal State L.A., Occidental, UC Santa Barbara and San Diego State.

Rikke Pedersen of Northern Arizona finished first overall from the women’s 5,000 meter race with a time of 17:12. Ememet Shiferaw of USC ran a 17:14 and came in second.

In the men’s section, Derek Kite, from the Future Track Club took first place and had a time of 24:54. Along side him was John Howell of Northern Arizona with a time of 24:55.

Pat Widolff, head coach of La Verne’s cross country team, said this year’s team is small and “not doing as well as last year.”

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