Aggie women win title for fourth time in the past five years
Aggie coach continues to put pieces in place to keep UC Davis at top of the Big West
Woody Wilson Track to host competitions on Jan. 19 and Feb. 2
Meet to be held on Mar. 10 at Woody Wilson Track
Devin Elizondo returns to the UC Davis men's and women's cross country and track and field programs for his third season and his second as a full-time assistant coach. He assists in all facets of the Aggie programs including coaching, recruiting and meet management.
His tenure has been marked by tremendous success by the Aggies' distance runners, particularly Sarah Sumpter who won the 2012 and 2013 Big West titles in the 10,000-meter run, by Katie Fry who is the league's defending steeplechase champion, and by Alycia Cridebring who holds the school and conference records in the 5,000 and advanced to the national semifinals in the event last spring.
Sumpter earned the second of two Big West Athlete of the Year honors since Elizondo joined the staff and school records in the 800, 1,500, 10,000 and steeplechase have been broken.
Elizondo's coaching has helped result in UC Davis winning the last two Big West Women's Track and Field Championships, as well as as success on the men's side which saw former standout Jonathan Peterson win both the 1,500 and 5,000 at the 2012 league championships.
Elizondo began his coaching career with Brentwood School in Los Angeles where he served as head boys' and girls' track and field coach and assistant boys' and girls' cross country coach. With Elizondo on staff, the boys' cross country team qualified for state championships on six different occasions and achieved five top-five finishes, placing third as a team in 2001. The girls' program advanced to the state meet twice as a team and sent an individual on two other occasions. In 2003, a Brentwood School runner won the individual title.
On the track, Elizondo's athletes set 23 school records since his appointment as head coach in 2003.
Elizondo also played an active role in coaching education throughout Southern Calif.
He joined the LA84 Foundation in 2007, an organization endowed through surplus funds from the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games that works to serve youth through sport and increase knowledge of sport and its impact on people's lives. As Associate of Education Services, Elizondo assisted in organizing clinics and workshops for over 1,600 high school cross country and track and field coaches in the Southern Calif. area.
Elizondo has also worked closely with Runner's Workshop, a summer cross country camp that has served over 13,000 runners since its inception in 1985, since 1994. In his current role as Clinic Presenter, he creates daily lecture series as well as five-day training and two-a-day workouts for the camp participants.
A 1998 graduate of UCLA, Elizondo was a standout member of both the cross country and track and field teams.
He was the No. 2 distance runner behind Olympic silver medalist Meb Keflezighi and helped lead the Bruins to two third-place finishes at the Pac-10 Cross Country Championships. In 1995, he was selected to te All-District IX first team and was chosen as Most Outstanding Freshman in 1994.
On the track, Elizondo was a member of three Pac-10 Championship teams and concluded his four-year career with the Bruins with a third-place finish in the steeplechase, setting a lifetime best time of 8:56.7.
Elizondo graduated from UCLA with a history degree.