The 2017 cross country season has kicked off for the University of La Verne.
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Cheers from the crowd and supporting teammates filled the air as both the men’s and women’s track and field teams had multiple top-five finishes during finals at the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference championship meet Friday and Saturday at Strehle Track at Pomona College.
The women’s water polo team finished third in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference tournament, following two days of matches on Friday and Saturday at the La Verne Aquatic Center.
La Verne is in first place in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference with a 23-7 overall record and a 16-4 record in SCIAC play. It is on a five game winning streak.
The Leopards dropped the series opener against Pomona-Pitzer, 11-2, last Friday but bounced back to win both ends of Saturday’s doubleheader, 5-2 and 10-5, to take the weekend series against the Sagehens.
With only a few minutes left in a head-to-head game, the women’s water polo team fell short by one point against Pomona-Pitzer, 5-4, March 29 at Haldeman Pool.
With a nail biter for the first game and the teams going back and forth, La Verne swept Whittier in a doubleheader Saturday at Campus West.
In their last home game of the season, the Leopards were tackled for a close loss by the Pomona-Pitzer Sagehens, 21-20, Saturday at Ortmayer Stadium.
The women’s volleyball team came back to its winning way, defeating Pomona-Pitzer 3-0 Friday at Frantz Athletic Court.
The dismal 2016 season wrapped up with some more disappointment for the women’s soccer team after a 4-1 defeat to No. 21 Pomona-Pitzer on senior night Saturday at Ortmayer Stadium.