March 5, 2005
IRVINE, Calif. -
Senior Ryan Frank won both the shot put and discus on Saturday while the UC Davis women won the 4x400-meter relay, highlighting the Aggies' season-opening track and field opener at the All-Cal Challenge Cup hosted by UC Irvine.
The meet featured five University of California institutions. UC Irvine won the men's competition with 259 points while UC Davis took third with 189. UC Santa Barbara won the women's title by tallying 263 points while the Aggies took fourth with 156.
The top two finishers for each school in each event scored points toward the team totals.
Frank paced the UC Davis men in the field events, winning the shot put with an effort of 53 feet, 6.25 inches. The mark was just a quarter-inch off his career best from last season which placed him sixth in program history. Frank also won the discus on Saturday, throwing 170-2 and leading a trio of Aggies with the top three marks. John Cunnie finished second at 161-3 while Chris Chisam had the third best distance at 154-9.
The Aggie women, who had top-four scorers in 12 events, posted their lone win in the long relay, taking first in 3 minutes, 51.62. UC Davis had second-place showings on Saturday by Seante Baker in the 400 (57.85), Gretchen Haussler in the 100 hurdles (15.21), Jade Myles in the triple jump (38-1.25) and Kim Gleeson in the discus throw (152-11).
Gleeson had a trio of top-five placings after also taking fourth in the shot put (43-4.25) and fifth in the hammer throw (136-3).
Aggie men had nine second-place finishes during the meet. In running events, those included Roland Chu in the 100 (11.150, Kajari Burns in the 200 (22.11), Chris Choate in the 400 (49.03), Chris Fuller in the 800 (1:55.13) and by the 4x400 relay (3:17.70). In field events, Grinil Khanna was second in the long jump (22-0.75), John Cunnie was runner-up in the hammer (188-7) and Chisam was second in the javelin (188-11).
Chisam's mark in the javelin places him 10th on the Aggies' all-time list, one of three marks by UC Davis competitors on Saturday that entered the top marks lists. Gleeson's 152-11 in the discus is fourth while Myles' distance of 38-1.25 in the triple jump is eighth.
Other top-three marks for the UC Davis women included thirds by Emily Azevedo in the 100 hurdles (14.79), Amy Purtle in the 400 hurdles (1:04.72), Stephanie Marks in the high jump (5-5) and Caroline Sheldon in the javelin (115-5).
UC Davis will host the Aggie Track and Field Classic next Saturday at Woody Wilson Track.