April 1, 2005
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - UC Davis women captured 11 events on their way to a 104-87 win over rival Sacramento State while the Aggie men had seven victories in 98-86 loss to the Hornets as the teams split wins at the Causeway Classic Track and Field Dual Meet at Hornet Stadium on Friday night.
The victories earned each school five points toward the inaugural Causeway Cup, an all-sports competition between the two institutions which UC Davis clinched for the 2004-05 year earlier in the day with its baseball win over Sacramento State.
"We haven't had a dual meet with Sacramento State since the 1980's," said UC Davis men's coach Jon Vochatzer. "It was a very exciting meet for both teams."
Aggie women's coach Deanne Vochatzer said the dual was a highlight for UC Davis which is in the second year of a four-year transition to NCAA Division I status.
"It got the juices flowing and with track and field it's all about the toe-to-toe competition," she said.
The top two finishers for each school in each event scored on a 5-3-2-1 points format. First-place relays scored five points while second scored three.
Kim Gleeson was a double-winner for the Aggie women, capturing the shot put (43-7.75) as well as the discus (154-11) and scoring 10 points. UC Davis also posted wins in running events by Danielle Green in the 100 (12.35), Marlene Avitia in the 800 (2:16.24), Lorin Scott in the 1,500 (4:46.28), Rochelle Carter in the 400 hurdles (1:02.74), Michelle Solone in the 3,000 (10:12.32) and the 4x400 relay (3:47.67).
Jade Myles won the triple jump at 38 feet, 9.5 inches while Stephanie Marks captured UC Davis' remaining win, going 5-4.25 inches to finish first in the high jump.
Myles' mark places her fifth on the program's all-time triple jump leaders list while Carter's hurdle time puts her ninth. Additionally, UC Davis' time of 46.95 in the short relay is tied for fourth best.
Of the Aggies' 11 wins on Friday night, eight were achieved with season-best marks.
Kajari Burns won the men's 400 against the Hornets and then anchored the meet-ending 4x400 relay, which UC Davis won in 3:14.43. Burns captured the quarter in 48.44, tying him with Pete Wolbert (1986) for seventh on UC Davis' career leaders list.
He was one of four Aggie men to win individual events on Friday night. Matt See led a 1-2 UC Davis finish in the 800, winning in 1:54.84. Justin Rau (1.58.01) was second. Chris Pecot led another 1-2 showing for the Aggies in the 3,000, crossing in 8:35.59, just ahead of teammate Will Merchad who finished in 8:39.46.
See's time in the 800 was best for the Aggies this season.
Max Padgett was another UC Davis winner, going 6 feet, 2 inches to win the high jump while decathlete Matt Chisam won the pole vault at 14-7.25. Besides the long relay, the Aggies also started the running portion of the meet by winning the 4x100 (41.82).
Arsenio Corbin won the 100, 200 and 110 high hurdles for Sacramento State while David Nichols was a double-event winner in the shot put and discus.
UC Davis will be at the Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational at UCLA next weekend.