March 15, 2014
DAVIS, Calif. - The UC Davis men captured 10 events while sprinter Ashley Marshall and thrower Praise Adesida each had two individual wins to pace nine first-place finishes by the women, as the teams combined to dominate at the Aggie Track and Field Open on Saturday at Woody Wilson Track.
Marshall, the reigning Big West Women's Track Athlete of the Week, won both the 100- and 200-meter dashes while running a leg on the winning 4x100 relay while Adesida was victorious in both the shot put and discus. Other winners for UC Davis included Cekarri Nixon, who won the 400 for the second straight week, Raquel Lambdin (800), Christine Hoffmann (5,000) and Kellie Grigg (400 hurdles).
The Aggie men spread their wins throughout the events. Kaio Sena (200), Jason Chandler (400) and Karl Moran (400 hurdles) won in the sprints; Jordan Rushing (1,500), Austin Goins (3,000) and Trevor Halsted (5,000) finished first in distance races; and Maurice Spikes (high jump), Chase Dariso (triple jump) and Matthew Bender (discus) were victorious in the field. UC Davis added a win in the 4x100 relay as well.
"This is the second weekend in a row we've had people debut with good marks on the track and in the field," said head coach Drew Wartenburg, "and we've had people put together back-to-back weekends with good efforts. One of the things we talked about in the post-meet team meeting was momentum and continuing to add to what we're doing without putting pressure on ourselves."
Weather conditions were perfect for the meet and the Aggies took advantage of their only regular-season opportunity to compete at home. Marshall won both the short sprints, taking the 100 in 11.58 seconds before coming back later in the meet to win the 200 in 24.05. She also teamed with Leslie Reed, Nixon and Holly Miller to win the short relay in 45.70 seconds, making the quartet the third-fastest relay in school history.
Adesida led 1-2 finishes for UC Davis in both the shot put and discus. She posted a mark of 48 feet, 6.25 inches to win the shot and was first in the discus at 149-4. Veronica Smart, who had moved to No. 6 on the program's all-time list in the hammer on Friday (170-5), was second in the shot (43-9.25) while Breanna Standifer (136-1) was runner-up in the discus.
Nixon (55.49) and Reed (56.80) grabbed the top two spots in the 400 while Lambdin won the 800 (2:10.18). Grigg was third in the 100 hurdles in 14.54 - barely off her career-best and top-10 mark of 14.50 - and then was victorious in the long hurdles (1:01.30). Hoffmann's win led a 1 through 5 sweep for UC Davis in the 5K with Shannon Harcus, Nicole Lane, Erika Barr and Katherine Ott following her across the line.
For the men, Sena was fifth in the 100 in 10.88 early in the meet before winning the 200 in 21.82. He opened his day by running the penultimate leg of the Aggies' 4x100 which was first in 41.17. The time was just .01 off last week's mark at Cal, giving the two relays the second- and third-fastest quartets in school history just two weeks into the season. Sava Boyadjiev, Marcus Johnson and anchor Jason Chandler comprised the rest of Saturday's relay.
Chandler followed the relay by winning the 400 in 48.91 while Rushing went 3:54.35 to finish first in the 1,500. Freshman Austin Goins added another distance win for the Aggies, crossing the finish line of the 3,000 in 8:36.57.
The UC Davis distance crew got its day off to a strong start thanks to Trevor Halsted (14:17.43) and Brandon Pugh (14:24.68) who are now No. 5 and No. 10, respectively, on the all-time 5K list after leading a 1-2-3 Aggie sweep. Grayson Hough finished third. Moran rounded out the men's wins on the track with his victory in the 400 hurdles (52.93) after taking third in the 110 high hurdles (14.58) while facing a slight headwind.
In the field, Spikes cleared 6-6.75 to capture the high jump, Dariso won the triple jump (48-6.25) and Bender finished first in the discus (160-1).
"The goal next week is to get or remain healthy," Wartenburg said. "It's finals week and we really put a huge emphasis on that. We also want to get back in a position to train. Everybody has work to do. The athletes came out today knowing what they need to work on. We'll come off final exams and use spring break to hone in on some finer technical points."
The Aggies will be idle next weekend before returning in two weeks for meets at San Francisco State and Stanford.