UC Davis picks up five points ahead of next week's Big West Track and Field Championships
Aggie coach continues to put pieces in place to keep UC Davis at top of the Big West
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A 2009 outdoor All-American for Oregon, Marshall Ackley joined the Aggie track & field staff in the fall of 2011. He works with the Aggie jumpers (both vertical and horizontal) and multi-event athletes and has helped achieve success in both areas, particularly in the pole vault where both the men's and women's school records have come during his tenure with the Aggies.
Ethan Ostrom provided half of that stat by twice clearing 17 feet, 6.50 inches, including at the 2013 NCAA West Region Meet where he narrowly missed advancing to the NCAA Finals after tying for 12th in the standings but not qualifying due to misses. Ostrom tied the Aggie record which he shares with Tony Moore (2001). Ostrom was twice the Big West Championship's runner-up.
Mike Peterson, who is fourth all-time after twice going over at 16-10.75 in each of the past two years, also participated at the regional meet, giving UC Davis solid representation on the postseason stage.
Emily Bush, who was the first Aggie woman to clear 13 feet since Jennifer Swanson in 2000 when she did it at the 2012 Woody Wilson Classic, holds the school record of 13-3.50, set in 2013 after winning the Aggies' second straight Big West pole vault title. Lauren Radke, who captured the 2011 Big West championship in the event, is fourth all-time while Danielle Steffen is tied for fifth after twice clearing 12-5.50 and eventually finishing third at last year's conference meet.
Katie Barber (7th, high jump), Catherine Li (T-5th, triple jump) and Diamonne Mitchell (10th, long jump) are among the other Aggies who have found success in the program's all-time annals during Ackley's short time with UC Davis.
Kira Rienecker has gradulated moved up the heptathlon ledger and is fourth all-time and helping lead Ackley's multi-event contingent.
Ackley finished fifth in the decathlon at the Pacific-10 Conference meet as a sophomore then improved to second and third in his final two seasons. As a junior, he scored a PR of 7,470 points to finish 12th at the national meet, earning All-America status.
However, it was Ackley's performance at the 2010 NCAA Championships that etched his name in the storied history of Oregon track & field. In pursuit of a second All-America award , the Nyssa, Ore. native pulled his left hamstring during the pole vault. Ackley posted a no-height finish in that event but refused to withdrawal from the event. He continued to compete in the final two events, the javelin throw and 1,500-meter run.
His leg tightly bandaged due to his injury, Ackley limped around the track, receiving a standing ovation from an appreciative home crowd of nearly 12,000. It took him more than seven minutes to complete the race, but Ackley's courage arguably stole the show in his final collegiate meet at OU's Hayward Field.
Ackley remained with the Oregon program as a volunteer assistant for multis coach Harry Marra. He also coached and trained alongside Ashton Eaton, the world heptathlon record holder.
Ackley earned his degree in history from Oregon.