Leopards prepare for SCIAC finals

Freshman Nasjua Palmer and junior Ebony Williams race to a third place finish in their heat at the women’s 4x100 relay at the 27th Annual Pomona-Pitzer Track and Field Invitational Saturday at Strehle Track in Claremont. The women’s team remains undefeated in SCIAC play. The next scheduled event for La Verne is today at the Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa. / photo by Chelsea Knight
Freshman Nasjua Palmer and junior Ebony Williams race to a third place finish in their heat at the women’s 4×100 relay at the 27th Annual Pomona-Pitzer Track and Field Invitational Saturday at Strehle Track in Claremont. The women’s team remains undefeated in SCIAC play. The next scheduled event for La Verne is today at the Bryan Clay Invitational in Azusa. / photo by Chelsea Knight

Sydney Daly-Weber
Staff Writer

The Leopards took a break from scoring competition Saturday at the Pomona-Pitzer Track and Field Invitational.

La Verne, UCLA, Cal Poly Pomona, Pomona-Pitzer, UC Riverside, Team Movin’ Shoes, Run With Us, the U.S. Paralympics, Running Divas, representatives of various countries, representatives of companies and runners representing themselves competed

These schools and groups are only a few out of the many in attendance for the invitational, which was a non-scoring event.

Various age groups participated in the events, as well. From children, to young adults, to adults and seniors.

“There are schools, track clubs, people representing their countries, and the U.S. paraplegic team here today,” said La Verne’s sophomore runner Nick Vasquez. “I like being a part of it because I get to see such high competition from athletes all around the world that people rarely get to see.”

The Leopards did well in the meet, competing against such elite competition.

Junior Deanna Doss had the only first place finish for La Verne with the hammer throw. She set a new school record of 164 feet 7 inches, beating the old record of 157-6 set by Erica Pemberton in 2005.

Senior Michael Anderson finished 10th in the men’s 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.32 seconds.

Senior Dane Turney finished 50th in the men’s 100-meter with a time of 11.42.

“I just love the energy of the events,” Turney said.

Will Leer, Nike representative, came in first for the men’s 1500 with a time of 3:44.96. He kept a good distance between him and the other runners from the beginning of the first lap.

La Verne’s Andrea Acero 63rd in the women’s 1500 with a time of 4:56.

Freshman Ashley Burger finished 100th in the 1500 with 5:16.93.

“I like being a part of this team,” Burger said. “We’ve done really well this season. The girls are the conference champions.”

Other Leopards placed fairly well throughout the day’s events.

Angelyn Caldwell tied for 15 in the high jump with a bound of 1.55 meters.

In the long jump event, Jacob Lopez came in 22nd with a leap of 6.36 meters.

Vasquez’s placed 18th in triple jump, with a jump of 12.7.

“Our goal is to get healthy so that we will be able to compete at the SCIAC championships,” Turney said.

La Verne will compete in the Southern California Intercol­legiate Athletic Championships at 2 p.m. April 26 through the 27 in Moore Park.

But before then, they will compete in another non-scoring event at 11 a.m. today in Azusa at the Bryan Clay Invitational.

Sydney Daly-Weber can be reached at sydney.daly-weber@laverne.edu.

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