April 6, 2013
TEMPE, Ariz. - UC Davis' women's 800-meter school record stood for nearly 11 years but was broken by three Aggies in a matter of hours at Saturday's Sun Angel Classic, one of three school marks to fall at Arizona State's prestigious meet.
Senior Lauren Wallace went 2 minutes, 4.89 seconds to win the invitational 800 on Saturday night, beating Shanie Landen's outstanding 2:07.87 set earlier Saturday afternoon. Prior to that, the record had not been touched since Rose Criss set it at the 2001 NCAA Division II Championships, going 2:07.91.
Wallace and Landen provided two of three outstanding 800 times for UC Davis that beat Criss's mark on Saturday, joining Raquel Lambdin who was fifth in the invitational in 800 in 2:07.54. Wallace had a previous PR of 2:08.08 from the Big West Championships in 2010. Her mark also automatically qualified her for this summer's USATF Outdoor Championships. It's the Aggies' second such mark, joining Sarah Sumpter's in the 10,000.
Sophomore sprinter Ashley Marshall added the other two school records on Saturday, moving into the top spot in the 100 after winning the open 100 in 11.55 seconds, and then lowering her own record during the invitational 200 when she finished third in 23.54.
Marshall's 100 time beat teammate Melanise Chapman's mark of 11.61 set at the Stanford Invitational last week. She clipped her previous best in the 200 of 24.02 set at the same meet, giving UC Davis another memorable sprinting effort.
Altogether, the UC Davis men's and women's team combined for 11 marks that affected the Aggies' all-time lists.
"We put the Sun Angel meet on our schedule to give a select group of athletes a shot at some high level competition," said Aggie coach Drew Wartenburg. "The core of our travel squad rose to the occasion and created another slate of outstanding performances, and today represents another good step forward in building toward the type of dynamic we hope to have late in the season.
"Those athletes performing at the highest level are feeding off their success and that of those around them, and that makes for an exciting environment in which to coach, train and compete."
Cekarri Nixon had a part in two of the Aggies' new top-10 marks after impressive performances in both the open 200 and 400 races. She won the open 400 in a PR of 54.76, improving her No. 3 all-time position in that event, and then added a fifth-place in the open 200, crossing in 24.45 and moving four spots to No. 4. She is just the third Aggie ever to go under 55 seconds in the 400.
Kayla Carter added two top-10 times of her own in the hurdles events. She solidified her No. 2 spot in the 100 hurdles, becoming just the second Aggie to eclipse 14 seconds with her eighth-place time of 13.81 seconds. She shen improved her No. 3 spot in the 400 hurdles, crossing in 1:00.70.
Veronica Smart jumped four spots on the shot put chart, posting a fourth-place mark of 47 feet, 10 inches. That upped her to No. 2 all-time and was a huge PR by almost three feet.
The UC Davis men also turned in a pair of outstanding performances, including one by Corey Hobbs in the open 200. Hobbs was 11th in 21.70 seconds, debuting him in a tie for ninth in the UC Davis annals and providing the first top-10 mark in that event in six seasons.
Trevor Ehlenbach provided the other top-10 time, finishing a close second in the open 800 in 1:51.37 which put him in the No. 10 spot on the Aggies' all-time list.
Ben Parodi finished third in the open shot put (52-7), Matthew Bender was third in the discus (159-10) and Ethan Ostrom cleared 16-7.25 in the pole vault.UC Davis will return to local competition next weekend, participating in the three-day Mondo Invitational at Sacramento State beginning on Thursday.
SUN ANGEL CLASSIC
Tempe, Ariz. (hosted by Arizona State)
UC Davis results
100 - 1. Ashley Marshall, UC Davis, 11.55.
100 (inv.) - 1. Morolake Akinosun, Illinois, 11.51... 8. Melanise Chapman, 11.85.
200 - 1. Isatu Fofanah, No. Arizona, 23.77... 5. Cekarri Nixon, 24.45; 16. Leslie Reed, 25.64.
200 (inv.) - 1. Ashley Spencer, Illinois, 23.04... 3. Ashley Marshall, 23.54; 11. Melanise Chapman, 24.43.
400 - 1. Cekarri Nixon, UC Davis, 54.76... 7. Leslie Reed, 56.30.
800 - 1. Ahlivia Spencer, Illinois, 2:07.32... 3. Shanie Landen, 2:07.87.
800 (inv.) - 1. Lauren Wallace, UC Davis, 2:04.89... 5. Raquel Lambdin, 2:07.54.
100H - 1. Ivanique Kemp, Arkansas, 13.27... 8. Kayla Carter, 13.81; 21. Kellie Grigg, 14.74.
400H - 1. Sonali Merrill, unattached, 59.35... 3. Kayla Carter, 1:00.70; 5. Kellie Grigg, 1:01.53.
HJ - 1. Lauren Laszczak, No. Arizona, 1.78 (5-10.00)... 7. Katie Barber, 1.62 (5-03.75).
PV (inv.) - 1. Natalia Bartnovskaya, Kansas, 4.41 (14-05.50)... Emily Bush, NH.
DT - 1. Breana Jemison, UC Riverside, 47.1`5 (154-08)... 6. Praise Adesida, 41.69 (136-09).
SP - 1. Emily Lesser, North Dakota, 15.12 (49-07.25)... 4. Veronica Smart, 14.58 (47-10.00).
100 - Rashad Ross, unattached, 10.35... 17. Corey Hobbs, 10.95.
200 - Jaylon Hicks, Acad. of Arts, 21.31... 11. Corey Hobbs, 21.70.
800 - 1. Immanuel Hutchinson, Cen. Arizona, 1:51.04... 2. Trevor Ehlenbach, 1:51.37.
HJ - 1. Gemikal Prude, Lipscomb, 2.15 (7-00.50)... 8. Maurice Spikes, 2.00 (6-06.75).
PV - 1. Matt Sullivan, Idaho, 5.31 (17-05.00)... 8. Michael Peterson, 4.66 (15-03.50). SP - 1. Carl Nahigan, UC Riverside, 16.62 (54-06.50)... 3. Ben Parodi, 16.04 (52-07.50).
DT - 1. Kyle Long, unattached, 49.83 (163-06)... 3. Matthew Bender,v 48.72 (159-10). PV - 1. Victor Weirich, BYU, 5.36 (17-07.00)... 10. Ethan Ostrom, 5.06 (16-07.25).
Aggies host All-Comers
Track & Field Meet on Jan. 28