Track & Field Set To Compete At SCIAC Championships
The University of La Verne track & field teams will be competing at the 2012 SCIAC Track & Field Championships, set for Friday and Saturday on the campus of the University of Redlands.
Both the men's and women's teams went 5-2 in dual meet competition this season leading up to weekend action
On the men's side, senior All-American Marcus Fortugno is set to defend his titles in both the 200 and 400 dash events. It was at last year's conference championships where he set the SCIAC record in the 400 with a 46.55 clocking. Fortugno, who is undefeated in both sprint races, will also anchor the Leopards' 4 x 100 and 4 x 400 meter relay squads.
Junior Paul Turner is the two-time defending conference champion in both the long jump and triple jump events and has the top conference marks in both heading into the weekend. Turner has a season best of 23-8 in the long jump while boasting of the nation's leading mark in the triple jump at 50-9 1/2.
Other La Verne event leaders include senior Michael Anderson in the 110 meter hurdles and sophomore Jared Manke in the pole vault. Anderson has a season best of 14.92 in the hurdle race while Manke, a 2011 All-American, has cleared 15-11 in the vault.
Both the Leopards' 4 x 100 meter relay (41.83) and 4 x 400 (3:16.10) meter relay teams have the top times in the conference, respectively.
In the women's competition, La Verne features a pair of event leaders in sophomore Nicole Crutchfield in the 100 meters and sophomore Katie Yeager in the pole vault. Crutchfield has run a league best 12.51 in the 100 meters with Yeager topping the conference in the vault at 11-9 3/4. Junior Taylor Bernard ranks second in the vault with a season best of 11-3 3/4.
Junior Losa Akauoga has been impressive in her first season with the Leos and will help bolster the squad in the throwing events. Akauoga ranks No. 2 in both the shot put (42-9) and discus (137-6 1/4) and is among the SCIAC leaders in the hammer with a best of 149-0 1/2.
Senior Clarissa Holz and junior Tyne McClure are expected to contribute solid points in the horizontal jumps. McClure has bests of 16-11 in the long jump and 36-6 in the triple jump with Holz holding the third best mark in the long jump at 17-5.
Holz along with junior Kendall Kraiss are among conference leaders in the javelin. Other athletes to watch include junior Andrea Arceo, who earlier this season set the school record in the 3000 meter Steeplechase at 11:08.48.