Feb. 25, 2005
SEATTLE, Wash. - Josh Flexman posted the third-fastest time in the 200-meter dash preliminaries on Friday and also earned a spot in the 60-meter final, breaking a pair of school records along the way and helping highlight UC Davis showings on the first day of competition at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Indoor Track and Field Championships, hosted by the University of Washington.
The UC Davis men, which received a fifth-place finish from Ryan Frank in the weight throw and a seventh from Kyle Auclair in the long jump, have six team points and are tied for eighth with Long Beach State. The Aggie women did not score in any finals contested on Friday.
Flexman's previous best in the 200 came earlier this season when he went 21.92 at the Holiday Inn Invitational at Boise State earlier this month. But he lowered the mark considerably on Friday, finishing second in his heat to Bobby McCoy of Arizona (21.62) but clocking the third-best time overall. Darren Woods of Cal had the day's fastest time in 21.34.
Flexman also earned a spot in Saturday's final of the 60-meter dash, lowering the school record of 6.93 he established earlier this month to 6.86. Flexman's time was seventh-best amongst the 16 competitors and earned him a spot in the final against a filed of Pac-10 schools. Richard Del Rincon of Oregon was fastest on Friday, going 6.73. Flexman finished second in his heat to James McSwain of Washington State who went 6.77.
Frank earned four team points for the Aggie men on Friday, finishing fifth in the weight throw with an effort of 57 feet, 7.5 inches, his best mark of the season. Rhuben Williams of Cal won at 62-1. Auclair nearly matched his school record in the long jump, earning seventh with a leap of 23-06.75. He holds the school record at 23-07.25. Leonidis of Washington won the event on Friday with a jump of 25-11.
Chris Choate set a school record in the 400 at 48.78 but did not advance to Saturday's final. His time broke the previous best of 48.91 set by Rasheed Anthony in 1999. Matt Chisam is in position to possibly score another point for the Aggie men as he sits ninth in the heptathlon with 2,655 points.
No UC Davis women scored points in the limited finals that were contested and none advanced to finals from any of the preliminaries. Haussler came closest to racing again on Saturday, finishing 10th in the 60 hurdles in 8.86, breaking her school record of 8.98 set at Boise, Idaho two weeks ago.
Sheldon scored 3,453 points in the pentathlon and was 11th in the event which was won by Diana Pickler of Washington State who scored 4,086 points. Sheldon's best event came in the 60 hurdles where she scored 881 points with a time of 9.14.
Sarah Clinkenbeard was 12th in the weight throw at 49-05.50 while Marlene Avitia was 13th in the 800 prelims at 2:18.34 and Rochelle Carter was 13th in the 400 prelims at 58.05. The championships conclude on Saturday.