In their first scoring meet of the season, the La Verne’s men’s and women’s track teams proved to be a force to be reckoned with.
The Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Invitational took place Saturday at Redlands.
The men’s track team came in fourth overall with 76 points and the women’s track team came in third with 74 points.
Seniors Darnell Gilbert who came in first in the 100-meter dash and Efrain Partida finished first in 1,500 meters led the men’s track team.
Junior Jon Virgin also placed first in the hammer throw with a mark of 147-8.
In the distance medley relay Partida, junior Jacob Delgado, senior Dwayne Griffiths and freshman Quentin Haggard combined to run for a school record of 10:32: 87.
Gilbert, a senior, journalism major and sprinter from West Covina, is the SCIAC’s champion for his best time in the 100 meters.
Gilbert is also the captain of the men’s team and he often tries to lead the team by example.
“I win, practice hard and hope the team will follow. said Gilbert. “As a team I think the guys are very excited”
“I try to work hard and give them advice,” Gilbert said.
Jesse Carrington, a sophomore sociology major and hurdler from Fontana placed second in the 110 hurdles last Saturday.
He was accepting of the outcome however he still feels he has some self-improvements to make.
“I came out with a clear mind not expecting much just to put forth as much effort as possible” said Carrington.
The women’s team was led by Veronica Andrews who placed first in the javelin and Jacqueline Steele, who placed first in 1,500 meters.
Andrews, a senior television broadcast major who participates in multiple events, was very excited about the meet.
This was the first meet for the men and women athletes to qualify for nationals which will take place in May.
Andrews was content with her results because she had not been throwing well in past weeks.
“I want to do well because this is my last season,” Andrews said. “This being my last season is bittersweet.”
Andrews is accustomed to the team placing first overall, but she realizes the team being smaller this season must have played a factor to why the team placed third.
Andrews also placed second in the high jump along with juniors Katrina McCoy in the pole vault and Constance Mayaki in shot put and sophomore Antoinette Borders in the discus.
Both the men’s and women’s teams will be participating in the Ben Brown Invitational in Walnut March 10 at 10 a.m.
Redlands will be the host school of the SCIAC top four meet on Saturday, March 17, for both the men’s and women’s teams.
On March 23 the La Verne track teams will travel to Riverside for their eighth meet of the season before heading to San Diego for another invite.
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