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It has been more than six years since a track and field event has taken place on the La Verne campus. On Saturday, La Verne’s track and field team placed first in 14 events overall, hosting its first home meet since 2006 on the revamped Ortmayer Stadium.
Six months after graduating with his bachelor’s in movement and sports science, 25-year-old Michael Sacoto continues to have a large presence on campus both on and off the track.
With the track and field season officially starting in February, the coaching staff for track and field is preparing by ordering the necessary equipment for meets.
University of La Verne graduate Sean Smith has shown Leopard fans that age is nothing but a number, and has competed with some of the best shot put and discus throwers in SCIAC this track and field season.
The sophomore anthropology major has been pole vaulting for five years and is this year’s Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference champion in the event.
Senior Marcus Fortugno has been leaving his competition in the dust for the past four years. He has made a mark in Leopard athletics and hopes to continue his running career even after graduation.
The men’s and women’s track and field teams competed at Saturday’s Occidental Invitational in hopes of improving their personal records weeks before heading to the NCAA Division III Championships.
La Verne junior Paul Turner leaps for first place with a distance of 15.15 meters in the triple jump at the SCIAC Championships Saturday at Redlands.
One shining star on the women’s track and field team is junior distance runner Andrea Arceo, who broke the La Verne steeplechase record three times this season with her best time being 11:08.48.
Freshman Garrett Lee runs the 110-meter hurdles Saturday at the Pomona-Pitzer Track and Field Invitational.