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Griffin and Salas win in NC, Leopards compete at Rossi Relays

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The La Verne track and field teams posted strong performances last weekend at both the Rossi Relays in Claremont and as well as the JDL DMR Invitational in Winston-Salem, North Carolina.

Nine Leopards traveled to compete in North Carolina, while the rest of the squad represented La Verne at the 24th annual Rossi Relays hosted at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps’ Burns Track and Field Complex.

Senior Jade Griffin was the sole representative from the women’s squad, but handily won her 200-meter race. Her 25.31 time puts her in the top six in Division III.

Junior distance runner Matthew Salas, hot off a record-breaking season last year, won his 800-meter with a 1:57.91 time.

Senior Christian Mora finished in 18th at 2:04.

Senior sprinter Patrick Cornwell placed sixth in the 400-meter clocking in at 51.79, with fellow senior sprinter Terrance Robinson placing 13th in the 200-meter at 23.56.

Senior Anthony Carter took fifth in the long jump, leaping to 21-06.

Freshman Alex Medina rounded out the men’s squad — placing 15th in the 3000-meter with a 8:57.81 time.

In Claremont, senior Elizabeth Prevadello finished 10th in the 100-meter hurdles but posted at top-three time among DIII, coming in at 15.43. Prevadello also finished 14th in the long jump at 16-07.75.

Senior thrower Matthew Pedroza took seventh overall in the shot put, putting a distance of 46-10.00, while also putting up a DIII top-two hammer throw finish at 146-09.

The Leopards will open up their season next week at the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference No.1 meet March 7 at Pomona-Pitzer.

—Joey Matsuzawa

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