The University of La Verne’s track and field teams made their mark at the Oxy Invite on May 10, placing in the top of the men’s preliminaries for the 100 meter dash and the 200 meter dash and placing second in the women’s javelin throw finals.
Only one thing was on the athletes’ minds as they warmed up to compete for the Oxy Invite in Eagle Rock, which was to make their mark.
This goal was made possible with the help of the nine La Verne athletes.
During the men’s hammer throw preliminaries, John Virgin won ninth place at 48.18 meters. Following this was the men’s shot put event in which Roger Toledo won fifth place in the preliminaries at 12.47 meters.
Toledo also placed at second during the men’s discus throw at 39.97 meters.
“I could have done better although I’ve been consistent all year, so I’m happy with the results,” Toledo said.
During the women’s high jump Trenecca Jones placed 16th at 1.48 meters.
The men’s 100 meter dash was the most successful with Adam Kazub placing first at a time of 11.05.
The second most successful event in the men’s division was the 200 meter dash with Kazub placing third in section two and Phil Vialpando placing third in section five.
“These were the only events I stayed for and I’m happy for Adam and Phil,” said Jasper Chang, athletic training major.
The women’s events for La Verne got its big break in the javelin throw preliminaries and finals.
Jennifer Esparza placed second in the preliminaries with a distance of 37.23mq. In the finals, she also placed second at the same distance of 37.23mq.
Lance Powell placed 15th in the men’s 5000 meter run with a time of 17:33.55. Travis Jones placed 13th in the men’s javelin throw preliminaries with a distance of 37.52 meters.
Jones also placed 16th in the women’s high jump at a distance of 1.48 meters. Katrina McCoy did not reach a height during the women’s pole vault.
“When you pole vault, you have your “on” days and your “off” days, that was just another off day,” McCoy said. “I usually clear 11 feet, but the Oxy Invite doesn’t matter anyways.”
“Overall, I think we did fairly well for being such a young team,” Toledo said. “I’m proud of my teammates giving it all in practice and at the meets. I’m looking forward on how we do next year. I’m really excited.”
Monica Esparza can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.