Runners finish season at regionals

La Verne senior David Sincock maintains his lead over Whitworth senior Colton Berry and Redlands sophomore John Nichols at the 2015 NCAA Division III West Regional Champion­ships Saturday at Pomona-Pitzer. Sincock placed 84th overall with a time of 28:29.56. / photo by Emily Lau
La Verne senior David Sincock maintains his lead over Whitworth senior Colton Berry and Redlands sophomore John Nichols at the 2015 NCAA Division III West Regional Champion­ships Saturday at Pomona-Pitzer. Sincock placed 84th overall with a time of 28:29.56. / photo by Emily Lau

Chris McMahan
Staff Writer

The La Verne cross country team participated in the 2015 NCAA West Regionals Saturday at Pomona-Pitzer.

The men’s team placed 17th out of 19 and the women’s team did not place because a majority of its runners were unable to finish.

Despite low placement and injuries this season, head coach Bryan George has great expectations for the newer runners.

“Some of our younger runners did great,” George said. “On an individual level, we did some really positive things, especially with the younger kids.”

For the men’s team, La Verne freshman Samuel Johnny, who finished 68th with a time of 27:58:01. La Verne junior Antonio Rivera followed Johnny and placed 77th with a time of 28:09.82.

The only senior on the team, David Sincock, finished 84th with a time of 28:29.56.

Sincock said it was a struggle without freshman Chris Arcos, who is the men’s team’s top runner, as he deals with a hamstring injury, but felt the team stepped up to the challenge.

“We did well, its just that the course is really fast,” Sincock said. “In the second half we slowly passed people and that’s how our goal is usually.”

Junior Tanner Long finished one spot behind Sincock with a time of 28:29.56.

The final two La Verne participants to place in the men’s race were junior Mario Martinez and freshman Marcelo Arcos.

Martinez finished 100th with a time of 29:09.26 and Arcos finished 102nd with a time of 29:11.73, respectively.

For the women’s team, freshman Melissa Cerrillos finished first for the Leopards in 43rd place with a time of 23:39:38.

Chavez finished in 107th place with a time of 26:02:75 and Valdez finished 122nd with a time of 28:04:13.

“It’s been tough, both mentally and physically, but we get through it and we just run our races and finish and run to the best of our ability,” Valdez said.

Valdez said the teams racing strategy, mainly for the freshman has steadily improved throughout the season and it showed in the race.

“Our team is very young,” Valdez said. “A lot of them are still learning to strategize and learning how to run the races, so from the beginning, we’ve improved a lot with racing strategy.”

With the season over for cross country, it is time to look to the future and George said that this race helps build toward that.

“Just being in a regional atmosphere is important because this is an NCAA championship meet,” George said. “It’s a very competitive meet and so putting yourselves in this kind of meet is important to their experience, especially as young runners.”

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

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