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La Verne sophomore distance runner Damon Gomez dashes through the water barrier toward the end of the 3,000 meter steeplechase Saturday at Strehle Track in Claremont. Gomez placed ninth with a time of 11:36 at the second SCIAC Multi-Dual./ photo by Jerri White

La Verne sophomore distance runner Damon Gomez dashes through the water barrier toward the end of the 3,000 meter steeplechase Saturday at Strehle Track in Claremont. Gomez placed ninth with a time of 11:36 at the second SCIAC Multi-Dual. / photo by Jerri White

Chris McMahan
Staff Writer

The men’s track and field team took first in several events, while the women’s team had multiple top-five finishes at the Southern California Inter­collegiate Ath­letic Conference Multi-Dual Meet Saturday at Strehle Track at Pomona College.

The men’s team beat Whitter, 113-47, but lost to Claremont Mudd-Scripps, 104-59.

The women’s team defeated Whitter, 113-24, and lost to CMS, 104-59.

“The ones that did good today are going to feel really good and the ones that didn’t, they are going to come back next week and work really hard,” head coach Pat Widolff said.

The men’s relay team finished first in the 4×100 meter, setting a season record of 41.69 seconds.

Men’s relay then finished second in the 4×400 meter with a time of 3:20.45, just 0.1 seconds behind first-place Claremont-Mudd-Scripps.

In the 5,000-meter run, junior Bryan Hayes finished first with a time of 15:43.37.

“I know everybody in the conference pretty well, so I saw the competition and knew what I had to do,” Hayes said.

La Verne’s top finishes did not just stop there, but continued with the 400-meter dash.

Freshman Josh Francis and senior Khayree Jones, who had scores of 49.90 and 49.97, respectively, took the top two spots.

The final first place finish for the La Verne’s men’s running team came courtesy of junior Nick Gonsalves, who finished with a time of 10.95 seconds in the 100-meter dash.

The women’s team may not have finished first in any running events, but it had top-five finishes in 14 events.

“I had a good performance, but it could have been better in multiple aspects,” sophomore Alexa Smith said.

“In the (4×400 meter), our hand-off was not very smooth and clean so if we fix that we will run a better time,” she said.

Smith helped the team finish second with a time of 4:04.46.

She also placed fourth in the women’s 400-meter dash with a team of 59.67, right behind sophomore Kimmy Kabluyen, who finished third with a time of 59.14.

Kabluyen finished fourth in the 200-meter dash with a time of 26.64 and sophomore Tiahna Gillion finished second in the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.35.

Freshman Sarah Chang and junior Andrea Ramirez placed fourth in the 1,500 and 800-meter runs, respectively.

“I’m usually really irritated with my performances because I expect a lot from myself, but I was happy about today,” freshman Danica Langaynor.

Langaynor finished 21st in the 1,500-meter run and 13th in the 800 meter run.

In the field events, junior Angelyn Caldwell finished first in the high jump with a jump of 1.50 meters in the finals.

“Some of (our jumpers) had good jumps, but they need to be more consistent,” Widolff said.

Sophomore Taylor Schulze finished first in the pole vault with a vault of 3.43 meters in the finals.

For the men’s field events, sophomore Jason Nicholls finished first in the pole vault with a vault of 4.80 meters.

Sophomore Chris Gura also finished first in the discus with a throw of 43.44 meters.

Sophomore Andrew Carrasco dominated the hammer with a throw of 54.25 meters.

With nationals eight weeks away, improvement is something on the teams’ mind.

“We just need to work harder and get our endurance up higher and we’ll be good,” Smith said.

The team will be back in action starting at 10 a.m. Saturday at Strehle Track for the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational.

Chris McMahan can be reached at christopher.mcmahan@laverne.edu.

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