Track places high in league meets

Senior Carl Caston jumped into a tie for second place in the 1997 SCIAC Quad Meet finals of the men's long jump competition last Saturday. Caston also placed fourth in the men's triple jump. / photo by Jamie Bigornia
Senior Carl Caston jumped into a tie for second place in the 1997 SCIAC Quad Meet finals of the men’s long jump competition last Saturday. Caston also placed fourth in the men’s triple jump. / photo by Jamie Bigornia

by Greg MacDonald
Staff Writer

In the first of three Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) track meets, the University of La Verne track and field team placed well.

The women’s team defeated Pomona-Pitzer by an overall score of 101-44 and Cal Lutheran by a 129-15 margin last Saturday at Ortmayer Stadium.

The men’s team defeated Cal Lutheran by a 109-41 score, but lost to Pomona-Pitzer and Redlands. One of the reasons the men did not score as highly against Pomona-Pitzer and Redlands is that they did not have some participants for certain events.

“The women have a more complete team as compared to our men’s team. The guys we have did well I thought, ” said head coach Pat Widolff.

The men and women dominated the relays. The men’s 4x100m relay team of junior Terrell Davis, seniors Jason Neal and Liron Wilson, and sophomore Ordell Williams easily won its race with a first place time of 42.16. The women’s team of juniors Dulce Giangrasso and Katrina Hall, senior Stacey Williams and freshman Jemeace Willis also had the first place touch with a time of 51.05 seconds.

Freshmen Maxine Mitchell and Maria Garcia, junior Stephanie Castillo and Willis cruised to a first place finish at a time of 4:10.64 in the women’s 4x100m relay.

Senior Bart Evans, junior Anthony Rudolph, Williams and Wilson also won their 4x400m relay with a 3:25.22 time.

“The relay teams aren’t always the same week to week, but this week we were pretty healthy,” said Widolff.

In the women’s 100m event, ULV swept the top three spots with Williams earning the best time, 13.10. Sophomore Tiffany Wilcher finished second with a time of 13.77, and sophomore Lynsey Best came in third with her time of 13.97.

In the men’s 100m, the Leopards again took the top three spots. Wilson (11.22) edged out teammate Neal (11.29) to finish first. Davis ran a time of 11.31 to earn the three spot.

The Leopards also featured senior Socorro Gonzalez, throwing two national qualifiers in the women’s javelin and the women’s shotput. She threw the javelin 134’4″ and the shot put 43’4″ to earn her spot in the Wisconsin Nationals. The shot put toss also earned Gonzalez a school record.

“We should have a good amount go to the nationals in Wisconsin,” Widolff said after Gonzalez qualified for both events.

Another school record was broken by freshman Rhiannon Jensen in the hammer. She landed the hammer 112’4″ from where she threw it to break the record.

The women’s 100m hurdles was won by Hall with a time of 15.59. Garcia placed fourth, finishing at 17.58.

Garcia improved on her position in the women’s 400m hurdles with a third place finish at 71.09. She was edged out by teammate Mitchell, who finished second with a time of 69.32.

The men took the first two spots of the 200m event, with Wilson first at 22.60 and Rudolph second with a time of 22.94.

In the steeplechase, senior Gilbert Gomez finished third at 10:45.59.

La Verne’s next meet will be tomorrow at Claremont against Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Redlands and Occidental at 11 a.m.

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