March 13, 2004
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis women captured four individual events and two relays, while the Aggie men had the top four finishers in the 5,000-meter run as both squads began their 2004 home season with the second annual Aggie Track and Field Classic.
The non-scoring open had more than 400 entrants from universities and community colleges, as well as several clubs and open competitors. Additionally, Olympic sprinter Jon Drummond made an appearance at the meet, signing autographs for fans.
For the Aggie women, Danielle Green won the 100 meters, Mary Jo Alexander led a 1-2-3 finish for UC Davis in the 400 hurdles, Chelsey mauck led a 1-2-3 sweep for the Aggies in the high jump and Eva Gut won the 5,000. Green was timed in 12.22 seconds, moving her to No.4 on the Aggies' all-time performer list in just her second outdoor meet with the program. She was also third in the 200 in 25.71.
Alexander was timed in 1 minute, 4.90 seconds in the 400 hurdles, Mauck went 5-05.75 in the high jump and Gut captured the 5K with a time of 18:26.91. Additionally, UC Davis won both the 4x100 relay and the 4x400 relay events. The short relay was timed in 47.64, beating a second Aggie squad by just over a second, while the long relay "A" team crossed in 3:56.95, the first of three UC Davis teams in the top three. Gut was followed in the 5,000 by teammate Louisa Hays, who was second.
Justin Hurd led a strong UC Davis showing in the men's 5,000, finishing in 15:01.92. He was followed by teammates Will Merchad (15:15.87), Jorge Murillo (15:17.37) and Chris Ferren-Cirino (15:28.94) in the next three spots while Tony Ahr (15:35.99) and Tim Helms (15:37.81) were seventh and eighth, respectively.
Both UC Davis men's coach Jon Vochatzer and women's coach Deanne Vochatzer were happy with the Aggies' showing in their first home competition.
"I think the team performed well," said Jon Vochatzer. "This was our first big home meet and I'm very pleased with the way the team competed."
Deanne Vochatzer said the meet served as another building block to getting her youthful team more experience.
Finishing just behind Alexander in the 400 hurdles were Melissa Ferguson (1:06.20) and Amy Purtle (1:06.66), while Stephanie Marks (5-03.75) and Samantha Rogers (5-01.75) finished back of Mauck in the high jump as UC Davis posted a 1-2-3 sweep.
For the Aggie men, Ryder Heidelberger was third in the 200 (22.09), Justin Cary (1:58.29), Kyle Dunst (1:58.75) and Justin Rau (1:58.75) were fifth through seventh, respectively, in the 800, and Rau (3:59.21) and Jeff Wilson (4:02.18) were fourth and fifth, respectively, in the 1,500.
In the field events for the men, Michael Butler was fifth in the long jump (21-10.75), Matt Lensenyie was second in the triple jump (44-11.50), Ryan Frank was third in the shot put (50-01.75) and Robert Rubio was fifth in the hammer throw (191-09). Additionally, Frank (160-10) and John Cunnie (159-08) were second and third in the discus.
On the women's side, Marlene Avitia (2:20.41) was second in the 800, Emily Azevedo (14.33) and Gretchen Haussler (14.60) were third and fourth in the 100 hurdles, Erna Forgo (4:46.39) and Jessica Neu (4:52.18) was fourth in the 1,500, and Michelle Solone (10:17.93) was the first of four consecutive Aggies with her third in the 3,000.
In the field events, other strong finishes came from Laura Rombach (17-08.75) who was fourth in the long jump, Lauren Titterud (35-06.50) who was fifth in the triple jump and Kim Gleeson who took second in both the discus (154-00) and the shot put (44-00.75).
Current UC Davis assistant coach Andy Bloom, who was fourth in the shot put in the Sydney Olympics and is attempting to qualify for this summer's U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials in the discus, missed the provisional standard for the trials by just one inch, but easily won the event with an effort of 193-02.