by Greg MacDonald
As the University of La Verne track and field team entered the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) finals, the Leopards’ standing in the conference — on both the men’s and women’s side — placed them in the middle of the pack.
After an impressive showing by the women’s team, which is comprised of nine athletes, and a fair showing by the ULV men, La Verne proved it can still compete despite the circumstances.
The La Verne women’s team finished with an overall team score of 125 points — second to Claremont-Mudd-Scripps’ (CMS) 175.
The men’s squad finished further behind in third place. ULV tallied 73 points and finished behind Occidental College (155) and CMS (149.5).
The Hall sisters, seniors Patrina and Katrina, led the way for the women’s team, as the duo combined for seven top-three finishes.
Patrina Hall ran first-place times in both the 100 meters (12.41 seconds) and the 200m (24.52).
“After the 200, I got pretty pumped,” said Patrina Hall, who also sprinted to third place in the 400m in 58.39 before being named as the SCIAC Athlete of the Year.
Not to be out done, Katrina Hall leaped to first place with a triple jump mark of 11.61m. She finished second in the 100m hurdles (15.55) and jumped to second in both the long jump and the high jump, 5.43m and 1.55m, respectively.
Sophomore Rhiannon Jensen also won a few events. She threw the javelin 38.94m and the shot put 12.52m, each far enough for the victory.
Junior Eboni White got the only other first place finish for the women’s team with a discus throw of 40.26m.
Junior Ordell Williams paced the men’s team, as he jumped 6.65m in the long jump (second place) and ran 49.56 in the 400m (third place).
“Hopefully at the state meet, I run a time that it is good enough for Nationals,” Williams said, “and hopefully, running with good competition, I can do well.”
Senior Michael P. Bailey also had a good meet with a third place mark of 43.48m in the discus and a third place ranking in the javelin after a throw of 54.0m.
Sean Smith, junior, placed second in the shot put (13.97m) and junior Sam Dodd and freshman Ryan Travaille finished Nos. 2 and 3 in the 110m hurdles.
The next two meets for La Verne will be May 2 at the Irvine Invitational and a week later, May 9, at the Occidental Invitational. The NCAA Nationals will be held May 21 in Minneapolis.
Both Patrina and Katrina Hall have qualified for Nationals with NCAA automatic marks. Patrina Hall qualified with her 200m time, and Katrina Hall advanced to Nationals with her leap in the long jump.