by Lori Waters
The University of La Verne men’s and women’s track and field teams are 4-0 after competing against Occidental College and Cal Lutheran University Saturday at Cal Tech.
The women beat Occidental College 125-69 and Cal Lutheran 123-59. The men beat Occidental College 120-73 and Cal Lutheran 141-55.
On the field, freshman Dionte Holloway placed first in the high jump with a leap of 6’07”.
Senior John Horton shined on the field as he placed first in the long jump with a jump of 21’09. 75″ and in the triple jump with a jump of 44’03. 75″.
In the women’s jump competition, senior Liz Lucsko long jumped 17’06” to win the competition.
In the throw competition, All-American senior Brandon Tedrow scored big points in the javelin as he threw a National Collegiate Athletic Association provisional nationals qualifying mark of 189’11. 75″. Tedrow also placed second in the men’s pole vault, with a vault of 12’06”.
In the hammer throw, junior Bobby Vail launched the hammer 165’01”, winning the competition.
On the track, the men’s and women’s 4×100 relay teams were both on top of their game. The women’s relay team won with a time of 48.99. This time also qualified the women’s relay team provisionally for the NCAA national tournament.
The men won with a time of 42.88.
In the sprints, senior Dimitri Watson placed first in the 200-meter dash with a blazing time of 22.60 seconds. Junior Eric Thomas placed third in the 200-meter dash with a time of 22.77 seconds.
In the women’s 200-meter dash, senior Dejuana Satchell finished first with a time of 25.37 seconds, Satchell also qualified for the NCAA nationals provisionally in the 200-meter dash. Transfer student Deonne McClean was not far behind, placing third with a time of 26.51 seconds.
Junior Ejé Ash and senior Amber Clayton placed first and second in the women’s 100-meter dash.
Eric Thomas, Brandon Jones and Will Lawson placed first, third and fourth respectively in the men’s 400-meter dash. Lawson and Jones also took first and second place in the 400 hurdles.
Akia Hason placed first for the women’s hurdle competition.
In the distance events, sophomore Kelly Wood took over as he placed first in the men’s 5000-meter race and the men’s steeplechase.
In the men’s 1500-meter race, sophomore Cecilio Barrera was on top with a run of 4:10.
“It was great to beat a team like Oxy that has a tremendous amount of resources and tradition,” said head coach Pat Widolff.
After the big win for the ULV men’s and women’s teams, Widolff said “There was a total team effort from both the men’s and the women’s teams.”
The Leopards’ next meet, the ULV invitational will take place at 11 a.m., March 22 at Ortmayer Stadium.
ULV’s next conference meet is April 5 at the University of Redlands.