The men’s and women’s track and field teams had several athletes hit personal bests in the 30th annual Pomona-Pitzer Invitational Saturday at Strehle Field in Claremont.
More than 30 schools competed, including Claremont-Mudd-Scripps, Azusa Pacific, Westmont, Pepperdine, Cal Poly Pomona, Pomona-Pitzer and Occidental. There were also several unattached athletes.
For the men, junior Antonio Rivera, senior Joel Sincock and freshman Samuel Johnny recorded personal bests in the distance events.
In the 800-meter, Rivera ran a 2:00.06, finishing in 40th place and recorded a personal best.
“Today I took the opportunity to run a fast time and not worry about beating people and just worry about running fast, and I just went for it,” Rivera said.
Sincock finished right behind Rivera with a time of 2:01.25.
Freshman Marcelo Arcos finished in the 65th place with a time of 2:04.80.
In the 1,500 meters, Sincock lowered his mark by more than two seconds an in 41st place with a time of 4:02.18.
Johnny finished in 45th place with a time of 16:12.83 in the 5,000-meter event, a personal best.
While Jacob Lopez ran the 400-meter hurdles in 55:18 seconds for a new personal record and finished in seventh place.
Lopez also recorded the 30th fastest time in the country this season.
In the 100 meter, senior Nick Aguilar finished in 11th place with a time of 11.04.
Freshman Austin Warrington followed and finished in 27th place with a time of 11.39.
In the field events, junior Andrew Carrasco finished fifth in the hammer throw with a toss of 51.92 meters.
Sophomore T.J. Randall finished 19th in the hammer throw with a toss of 40.04 meters.
Randall also finished 16th in the shot put with a toss of 12.87 meters.
In the javelin, junior Michael Burciaga-Ellis finished in 19th place with a throw of 46.30 meters.
On the women’s side, senior Kimmy Kabluyen led the team and finished in eight place in the 400 meters with a time of 58.49.
Freshman Melissa Cerrillos posted a personal record time of 2:19.27 in the 800 meter event and finished in 21st place.
Freshman Rachael De La Cruz made her season debut in the 800 meter event and finished in 64th place with a time of 2:36.42.
De La Cruz also competed in the 1,500 meter event and finished with a time of 5:15.93 in 92nd place.
Senior Andrea Valdez finished in 61st place in the 5,000 meter event with a time of 21:05.65.
Running multiple events at meets throughout the course of a season causes some runners, like Valdez to get injured toward the end of the season.
However, this season whether it is luck or a new training regimen, she has been injury free and ready to compete and hopes she will break records.
“Usually toward the end of the season I get injured and this has been really good because I haven’t so far and I’ve been able to run in every race,” Valdez said.
In the field events, junior Taylor Schulze had a season-best with a 3.40 meter throw in the pole vault event and finished in eighth place.
Junior Gabriela Moura-Hayes broke her personal record in the hammer throw with a toss of 37.30 meter.
Moura-Hayes finished in 18th place.
Freshman Rayna Harrison followed closely behind her.
Harrison finished in 22nd place with a throw of 34.56 meters.
This meet served as good preparation for the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championships April 29.
“I think right now our team is looking really strong especially in like the middle distances,” Johnny said.
La Verne is back in action Saturday as it hosts the third SCIAC Multi-Dual at 11 a.m. at Ortmayer Stadium.
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