2009: One of two Aggies (along with fellow 110 hurdler Jazz Trice) to advance to NCAA Championships... Finished 3rd in national prelim (14.032) to advance to semis... Placed 18th overall (14.14)... Had wind-aided times of 13.69 and 13.75 in NCAA regional races... Best wind-legal time was winning 13.99 at Mt. SAC Relays, good for No. 2 in school history... Big West Conference runner-up with 14.03 effort... Also led off second-place 4x100 relay (41.16) at conference meet... Relay time ranks 2nd in UC Davis outdoor history... Qualified for USATF outdoor nationals, but did suffered a fall in his opening heat... Won Woody Wilson Classic (14.16) and Aggie Open (14.39) to round out meet wins... Competed at two indoor meets, posting season-best 8.08 in both prelim and final at Husky Invitational.
2008: Finished 3rd in 110 hurdles (14.12), 15th in 200 at Big West Conference Championships... Entered season with high hurdles PR of 14.17, but surpassed that mark seven times as a junior (five times within legal wind)... Set school record with 14.01 in Aggie Twilight meet, one of six event wins for the year... That mark edged previous record of 14.01, set by current assistant head coach Byron Talley... Qualified for NCAA West Region meet, placing 13th (14.31)... Also member of 5th-place 4x100 (41.36) relay at conference meet, 4th in school history... Competed in both indoor meets, posting season-best 60 hurdles mark of 8.14 at Husky Classic.
2007: Redshirted outdoors, competing indoors only... Set school record of 8.04 in 60 hurdles at Washington Indoor, then broke it two weeks later with 8.03 at Husky Classic... Finished 2nd in both races... Also ran open 60, posting 7.11 at Husky Classic.
2006: Captured both 110 hurdles (14.38) and 400 hurdles (54.43) at Div. I Independent Championships... Was one of two double-event winners (along with Tolu Wusu) on the Aggie men's squad... Also ran third segment of 2nd-place 4x100 relay (41.28), 2nd all-time in UC Davis annals... Won total of four 110 hurdles races during the year... Posted season-best 14.17 to win Bulldog Dual, 3rd in school history... Independent title in 400 hurdles was second meet win in long hurdles... First was during Causeway Classic, when he hit season-best 53.56.
PITMAN HS '05: Two-time qualifier for state meet in 300 hurdles... Was unable to compete at state meet as a senior, as it conflicted with his graduation ceremonies... Won Sac-Joaquin Section masters title in 110 hurdles in 2005, crossing in 13.94... Won Central California Conference titles in both hurdles... Also competed at USATF Junior Nationals, posting 14.91 in 110s.
PERSONAL: Born in Madison, Wisc.... Majoring in environmental & resource sciences... Parents are Tahi & Elisabeth Gnepa... One of four siblings, along with Ida, Nea and Mimi... Career highlight was running the second-fastest 110 hurdles time in the state... Last name is pronounced "NEH-pah" (silent "g").
Aggies host All-Comers
Track & Field Meet on Jan. 28