by Brice Nixon
Despite several strong individual performances, the University of La Verne men’s and women’s track teams were winless in Monday’s Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SCIAC) quad meet at Cal Lutheran.
“The depth has just killed us this year,” said head coach Pat Widolff. “There’s just so many events where we don’t have entries.”
The men’s team lost to Redlands, 94-67, Pomona-Pitzer, 106-95 and Cal Lu, 108-49. The women lost to the same schools, 104-30, 105-32 and 77-35, respectively.
Senior Eboni White led the women with two first place finishes. Her top throw in the discus of 41.70 meters was good enough to provisionally qualify for Nationals. She also placed first in the shot put with a mark of 11.59m.
Another top finisher for the women was freshman Dianne Williams. Her throw of 36.30m in the javelin gave her first place in the event as she also provisionally qualified for Nationals.
The only first-place finisher for the men was sophomore Brandon Jones, who jumped 6.71m. Sophomore Ryan Travaille finished third in the same event.
The men’s team also fared well in the field events.
Senior Sean Smith put the shot 13.96m to finish second and sophomore Steve Myers’ mark of 13.35m was third.
Travaille’s second place finish in the javelin prevented a Cal Lu sweep of the top three places in the event. His throw of 173 feet, three inches was one inch further than the Kingsmen’s Keith Parris.
Junior Mike Miyamoto was third in the pole vault for the Leopards with a mark of 10 feet. Myers just missed third place in the discus. His mark of 42.22m was just two centimeters behind Cal Lu’s Art Miller and the Kingsmen took the top three places in the event.
Jones placed second in the men’s 100-meter dash in 11.25 seconds. Senior Roman Holston finished fourth in 11.47, seven-hundredths of a second behind the third place runner.
The men’s 4×100 relay edged Pomona-Pitzer’s by one one-hundredth of a second to take second place in 43.74.
The Leopards placed second in all four hurdle events. For the men, junior Bernard Corpuz was runner-up in the 400 intermediate hurdles in 57.29 and Travaille was second in the 100 high hurdles in 15.60. On the women’s side, Sophomore Nichell Moses was second in the 100 hurdles in 17.75. Junior Maxine Mitchell was second in the 400 hurdles with a time of 1:10.80.
Sophomore Andre Ike placed second in the high jump with a mark of 6’9. He just missed qualifying for nationals, provisionally.
In the women’s sprints, freshman Akilah Nyerere placed second in the 200 in 28.70 for La Verne. The Leopards had no participants in the 100 or 400.
In the distance events, sophomore Faust Obeso missed a third place finish in the 5,000 by 1.34 seconds. Pomona-Pitzer’s John Singleton finished in 17:08.15 and Obeso stopped the clock at 17:09.49.
The middle distances were a major stumbling block for the Leopards.
The men’s team had no competitors in either the 400 or 800, and could not place anyone higher than eighth in the 1,500.
The women had no entrants in the 400 and could not place higher than fifth in either the 800 or 1,500.
In all, there were 11 events in which ULV had no participants, seven of which were women’s.
ULV’s Ortmayer Stadium will host the La Verne Invitational tomorrow.