In 11.37 seconds La Verne sprinter Travis Foster, a junior, won the second heat in the men’s 100-meter dash at Pomona-Pitzer on Saturday. He narrowly won the sprint by .05 seconds. La Verne’s next meet is Saturday at Redlands.
It was a record setting day for the men’s and women’s track and field teams as they competed in the Rossi Relays on Saturday at Claremont-Mudd-Scripps .
“The team did extremely well,” junior sprinter Travis Foster said. “Many of us had personal bests and the sprint medley team broke the school record.”
Along with Foster, senior Adam Kazub, freshmen Michael Rogers and Marcus Fortugno filled out the team that raced their way to seventh in the sprint medley with a time of 3:39.97 seconds.
Foster placed the highest for the men’s runners, earning sixth overall in the 100-meter with a time of 11.37 seconds.
In field events, junior Jordan Murphy scored two top 10 finishes.
Murphy placed eighth in the shot put, throwing 44-8 feet, and finished ninth in the hammer.
Sophomore thrower Nick McGrail placed fifth in the discus and 10th in the hammer.
The only low point for the team came in the first leg handoff exchange in the Leopards 4x100 relay race.
The botched handoff slowed down the leg and placed the team last in the event.
“We’re pretty strong right now,” junior sprinter Seve Villarreal said. “Only thing we need to work on is our handoffs.”
Beside the bad exchange, the Leopards had high marks on other relay teams, placing fifth in the 4x400 relay.
“Our 4x4 has a chance to do big things,” Villarreal said. “With our good relay team, we can win SCIAC.”
Members of the men’s track and field team feel their success is attributed to their team size.
The team almost tripled their membership from last year.
With the new players on the team, they will look to improve on their fifth place finish in the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference last year.
“It’s good to have this many guys out here,” Villarreal said. “It pushes us.”
“We compete everyday with the depth that we have,” Foster said. “We keep each other on our toes.”
On the women’s side, the Leopards looked strong in their field events.
Senior Antoinette Borders placed second in the shot put with a throw of 38-4 feet.
Sophomore Bernadette Smith placed third in the shot put and sixth in the hammer event.
Junior Amber Harbaugh cleared 10-5 in pole-vaulting to place fourth, while sophomore Emily Bass finished fifth.
“Not bad, not great,” Harbaugh said about her performance. “I could have done better.”
A transfer from Mt. San Antonio College, Harbaugh looks forward to a promising season.
“It does look promising with the few people that we have,” Harbaugh said. “Everyone right now is injured, so when they get back, we can be better.”
Despite the small number of competitors, the members of the women’s team feel they can do good things.
“As a girl’s team we aren’t big enough to do much, but individually we can do much,” Harbaugh said. “We will have some pretty good opportunities to do well.”
Both men’s and women’s track teams compete in their first SCIAC invite of the season at 4 p.m. Saturday at Redlands.
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