Jan. 26, 2013
SEATTLE, Wash. - Sophomore Ashley Marshall finished fifth in the 60-meter dash in school-record fashion at the UW Invitational at Dempsey Indoor on Saturday, crossing in 7.51 seconds to help highlight another strong day by the UC Davis women's indoor track and field team.
The Aggies posted five top-three all-time marks during the second day of the high-caliber meet hosted by the University of Washington. Melanise Chapman, who set a school record in the 200 on Friday, went 7.59 in the 60 prelims on Saturday and is now No. 2 all-time.
Shanie Landen finished fourth (2:10.30) in the 800 and Alycia Cridebring was 12th (9:26.13) in the invitational 3,000, pushing both of them to No. 2 on the Aggies' all-time lists. Cekarri Nixon, fourth (56.27) in the invitational 400 is now No. 3, while Sarah Hussey, who went 15.54 meters (51 feet) in the weight throw, is No. 4 on that list.
"Our events today yielded a slate of good results featuring some indoor and overall PR's," said Aggie coach Drew Wartenburg. "Newcomers to the indoor scene like Praise Adesida and Sarah Hussey excelled in their flights, and our veterans provided performances that paced the team from the 60-meter to the 4x400 relay at meet's end."
Entering the day, Chapman and Marshall owned the top two spots on the program's all-time 60-meter list at 7.62 and 7.74, respectively. However, Marshall broke the school record first, finishing second in her preliminary heat in 7.59, a time equaled by Chapman six heats later with her second-place finish.
The pair advanced to the final where Marshall won her heat in 7.51 seconds and Chapman was fifth in 7.75. Marshall was fifth overall while Chapman took 11th. UC Davis, Oregon and Nevada were the only schools to advance two competitors to the final.
Landen was third in her 800 heat but was fourth among the 59 competitors overall. She debuted on the Aggies' all-time list, taking over the No. 2 spot from former UC Davis great Suzy Jones who went 2:10.78 at the 1996 NCAA Division II Championships. She only trails teammate Lauren Wallace who set the school record (2:07.48) last season.
Racing in an elite 3,000 field that also featured teammate Katie Fry, Cridebring moved to No. 2 on that list, just ahead of Fry who is now third all-time after going 9:26.97 last year. Cridebring was 12th on Saturday while Fry took 24th.
Nixon's performance in the 400, vaulted her to No. 3 on the all-time list for that event and was the first alteration to that Aggie list in two years.
Hussey made the most of her first indoor opportunity in the weight throw, finishing 13th but putting up a mark that makes her fourth all-time. Freshman Praise Adesida had a strong showing in her UC Davis debut, taking eighth in the shot put (13.22m, 43-4.5 inches).
Wartenburg said the meet provided a strong opener for the Aggies while giving them momentum for upcoming training and competition.
"The two weeks coming up give us a window to train, compete at our all-comers meet and then put together a strong squad for the Husky Invite," he said.
UC Davis returns to Washington for the Husky Invitational on Feb. 8-9.
Hosted by Univ. of Washington (Seattle, Wash.)
UC Davis results only
60 (prelims) - 1. Hannah Cunliffe, Seattle SC, 7.50... 7. Ashley Marshall, 7.59; 8. Melanise Chapman, 7.59; 25. Leslie Reed, 7.88; 48. Kayla Carter, 8.32.
60 (finals) - 1. Ashley Marshall, UC Davis, 7.51... 5. Melanise Chapman, 7.75.
60H (prelims) - 1. Kori Carter, Stanford, 8.40... 18. Kayla Carter, 9.14; 27. Kira Rienecker, 9.36.
400 - 1. Christine Lowe, Coq. Cheetahs, 55.95... 14. Kellie Grigg, 57.82.
400 (inv.) - 1. Jordan Carlson, 54.07... 4. Cekarri Nixon, 56.27.
800 - 1. Kelsey Brown, BYU, 2:04.97... 4. Shanie Landen, 2:10.30.
3000 (inv.) - 1. Brie Felnagle, Adidas, 8:54.74... 12. Alycia Cridebring, 9:26.13; 24. Katie Fry, 9:50.15.
4x400 - 1. Oregon, 3:40.09... 11. UC Davis (Kellie Grigg, Melanise Chapman, Shanie Landen, Cekarri Nixon).
HJ - 1. Chancey Summers, Oregon, 1.79 (5-10.50)... Katie Barber, NH.
SP - 1. Victoria Owers, Cal, 15.51 (50-10.75)... 8. Praise Adesida, 13.22 (43-04.50).
WT - 1. Chioma Amaechi, Cal, 20.47 (67-02.00)... 13. Sarah Hussey, 15.54 (51-00.00).