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LV track teams compete in Bottom Four meet

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The University of La Verne track and field teams placed second and fourth, respectively in the Bottom Four meet at Caltech’s Fox Stanton Track and Field on March 15.

ULV competed against Pitzer, Caltech and Whittier.

The women did well in throwing events, and the men excelled in sprinting and distance events.

With a lack of team members, La Verne was unable to score enough points to place higher in the meet.

“Individually we always do well.” Antoinette Borders, a junior shot put and discus thrower said. “But our team doesn’t have as many members as other top SCIAC schools.”

Borders finished first in the shot put with a distance of 38-7, and former SCIAC champion Constance Mayaki finished second with a distance of 37-11. La Verne continued to score points in the event when Bernadette Smith finished third and Emily Bass ended in fourth.

Sophomore Jacqueline Steele took first in the 800-meter run with a time of 2:31.42. She went on to place second in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 18:53.

“This was my first time running the 5,000 and it was a great experience,” Steele said. “It was a personal best, so I’m happy.”

While the women were able to rack up 110 points, the men collected 129 points. ULV took six first place finishes.

Sophomore sprinter Adam Kazub crossed the finish line first in the 100-yard dash with a time of 11.09 seconds and the 200-yard dash in 22.41 seconds.

Other top finishers were sophomore Seve Villareal and junior Jasper Chang. Villareal added first place points in the 400-meter clocking in at 53.13.

Chang captured a first place victory as well as a personal record in the 5,000-meter run with a time of 16:29.58. His teammate, freshman Lance Powell, had a time of 16:30.97 to claim second.

“It’s pretty much been the two of us, so we really push each other,” Chang said.

Junior Roger Toledo earned a mark of 130-5 in the discus throw, while senior Jonathan Virgin threw 157-3 in the hammer.

“It’s hard because it is the bottom four, but at the same time it is uplifting because we were able to get a lot of personal best,” Borders said.

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