In the final league meet of the season, the women’s track and field team finished fifth at the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships on Monday in Whittier, while the men’s team finished sixth.
“Overall as a team this is the worst year ever,” said head coach Pat Widolff. “Individually, speaking of members of the team, I’m very proud of them and I will miss all of the seniors.”
From the women’s team La Verne senior Veronica Andrews won the javelin for her third consecutive title with a mark of 40.3 meters.
Andrews also placed fourth in the high jump event with a clearance of 1.55 meters.
“It’s a kind of bittersweet ending,” said Andrews. “Even though we had such a small team, we had some great girls that stood out like stars.”
Senior runner Alexis Candelaria claimed top honors in the 5,000 meters, finishing with a time of 18:14:03.
“Its been a tough season with all the injuries, especially mine,” said senior Chelsea Sherier.
“It was sad to have to watch my teammates compete but I’m hoping to get healthy and compete in the next to tournament to earn points for the Championships.”
Andrews and Sherier are the only two hoping to compete at nationals to end on a high note for their season and collegiate careers.
Junior Constance Mayaki placed first place in shot put with a maneuver of 11.68 meters.
Mayaki also placed fifth in the hammer throw. Teammate Antoinette Borders placed second in shot put with a toss of 11.68 meters.
Borders also claimed third place in the discus with a throw of 36.96 meters.
The women took fifth overall with 64 points, behind fourth-place Occidental (67.50) in the final standings.
“Overall it was fun and the season ended on a high note,” Andrews said.
For the men, junior Jon Virgin earned All-SCIAC honors with a toss of 46.76 meters in the hammer throw.
Senior Dwayne Griffiths placed third in the 400 meters with a time of 50.55, and sophomore Jesse Carrington who clocked in at 15.36 in the 110-meter hurdles to also placed third.
Senior Efrain Partida ended his career in stone by setting a school record in the 1,500 meters.
Partida clocked in at 3:59.89 for fourth place overall in the event.
Freshman sprinter Adam Kazub paced his personal best in the 100 meters with the time of 11.11 and 22.64 in the 200 meters earning a pair of fifth place finishes.
“We are in the middle of recruiting right now and only time will tell the team will become on the future,” Widolff said.
The Claremont Classic, held tomorrow, and the Occidental Invitational, held May 12 in Eagle Rock, give the competitors other chances to earn points to compete in the NCAA Championships at the end of the month.
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