Leos Take Fourth At Westmont Invitational
The University of La Verne men's cross country team placed fourth overall in its second meet of the season Saturday at the Westmont Invitational in Santa Barbara. The Leopards finished with a total time of 2:19:53.00 for a team score of 101 points.
Host institution Westmont College won the meet with a composite time of 2:31.15 for a total of 48 points followed by race club Inside Track (2:15.49, 73 points) and Notre Dame de Namur (2:18.46, 88).
Victor Serrano enjoyed the top individual finish with a 14th-place effort with a time of 27:35. Teammate Jasper Chang at placed 17th overall (27:40) with Matthew Sustayta finishing 23rd (27:58).
Sean Kusick finished in 24th place (28:08) with Leo Martinez (28:32) and Alex Forbess (28:35) placing 28th and 29th, respectively. All told the Leopards had 11 competitors in the race.
"The men's team ran pretty well but they did not pack up as well as they could have, but still managed to pull off a good performance," Leopard head coach Mike Atwood said. "The team was pleased, but they do not fully realize what they could have accomplished if they had packed it in tightly."
Atwood also said that the performance was the best average time La Verne has posted in the past six years and believes the squad is showing signs of becoming more competitive within the SCIAC and West Region.
Up next for the Leopards will be the Pomona-Pitzer Preview at 7:30 a.m. on October 3.