Harriers go extra mile in championship meet

Senior Gil Gomez placed No. 23 in the cross country SCIAC Championship Meet. Gomez ran with a strained ligament in his right foot. / photo by Melissa A. Collett
Senior Gil Gomez placed No. 23 in the cross country SCIAC Championship Meet. Gomez ran with a strained ligament in his right foot. / photo by Melissa A. Collett

by Laura Czingula
Staff Writer

The University of La Verne women’s and men’s cross country teams competed in a tough SCIAC conference championship meet Saturday, coming up fourth place for the women, while the men placed seventh.

All eight teams in the conference are invited to the championship to find out the qualifying teams for the regionals, which is in the upcoming weeks.

The women finished with 112 points. Senior Rosa Sanchez placed seventh and was all conference with a time of 19:55.

“I felt good about the race,” said Sanchez. “I thought I could have done better though, it was a windy day and it was hard for everyone, I felt like I didn’t have a kick at the end.”

“This was a big deal for us, Rosa did really well” said head coach Pat Widolff.

Freshman Morgan Babler placed 18th and was honorable mention, with a time of 20:57. Senior Vikki Wallace improved her time by three minutes and came in 28th place, with a time of 21:51.

Other ULV competitors were freshman Liz Gonzales, 22:07; sophomore Lyn Merrill, 22:12; senior Beverly Wilson, 22:36; sophomore Eren Piceno, 23:09; and freshman Marlen Davalos, 23:21.

The women’s team fell behind first place Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, with 42 points, second place Pomona-Pitzer, with 53 points, and third place Occidental, with 99 points.

Starting at 9:30 a.m was the men’s team. It had 169 points in seventh place, while CMS came in first place again with 12 points, Occidental came in second with 62 points, Whittier came in third with 66 points; Redlands was fourth with 109 points; Caltech came in fifth with 117 points; and Pomona-Pitzer in sixth place with 119 points Cal Lutheran finished in eight place with 178 points.

Freshman Genaro Hernandez placed 18th, with a time of 27:59, and senior Gilbert Gomez finished 23rd, at 28:17.

“Gil could of had a better time but he was a little hurt,” said Widolff.

Freshman Rafael Ginorio had a 29:13 time, Jeremy Gonzales, sophomore had a 31:50 time, freshman Mike Hernandez came in at 32:01, senior Dan Ferguson had a time of 32:36, and junior Aaron Carlin came in at 33:40.

“There is one thing about our conference, and that is it is a very tough conference,” said Widolff. “Schools like Claremont go up against Division I schools and beat them, so I think we are doing OK.”

On Nov. 9, both teams will go to regionals. The top two teams of the West Coast and the top four runners for both men and women, not on those teams qualify for Nationals and compete, Dubuque, Iowa, Saturday, Nov. 16. No one from La Verne has ever gone to nationals.

“It’s really hard to qualify for Nationals,” said Widolff.

Laura Czingula, Sports Editor
Laura Czingula
Melissa A. Collett, Photography Editor
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