LV track places in Riverside Invite

Posted March 30, 2007

This weekend was quiet for the Leopards track and field team in their preparation for the State Meet this weekend.

Many did not participate in this weekend’s Riverside Invitational, and for those who did, it was a tune up for the state meet in which only nine members of the team qualified.

Among the athletes who did compete this week were senior Dwayne Griffiths, who placed third in the 800-meters with a time of 2:00.

Freshman Adam Kazub showed well for the Leopards by hitting a personal record of 11.24 in placing fourth in the 100-meters.

Off the track in the hammer throw, junior Jon Virgin placed first with a distance of 44.78 meters.

“This meet was to get me ready for next week’s meet which is quite important,” said Griffiths.

“You got to be in the top 50 in the state to make next week’s meet,” Griffiths said.“There’s only nine of us going and my mark is No. 50 in the state, so I hope to definitely improve in the standings.”

The men’s side is looking a little weak right now since athletes Lonel McKnight and Jon Beltran quit the team in the last two weeks.

It will be up to Griffiths and Darnell Gilbert to lead the team.

“Yeah my body needed rest because I’ve been running since December. In addition, this week is the state meet so I’ve been training,” said Gilbert.

For the women’s side they must keep the momentum going from the Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Top Four meet.

On March 17, the Leopards placed second overall in the SCIAC meet.

At the Riverside Invite, Antoinette Borders showed well placing fourth in the shot put with a distance of 37.6 and placing 3rd in the discuss throw with a distance of 35.2 meters.

Also, placing high was Constance Mayaki placing third in shot put with a distance of 37.6 and second in the hammer with a distance of 39.31 meters.

The highlight of the weekend for the women was Katrina McCoy finishing first in the pole vault, jumping at 3.35 meters.

“This weekend will be great competition for the athletes, Division I and II teams will be there,” said assistant coach Ellen Soaki.

“They take the top 20 from each division so it will definitely be good competition and a great learning experience.”

On March 31 the track teams will compete in the Point Loma meet.

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