April 8, 2005
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Seante Baker won the women's 400 while Josh Flexman and Kajari Burns won the 100 and 200, respectively for the men, as UC Davis performed well in the University/Open Division on Friday at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational hosted by UCLA.
UC Davis had more than 20 competitors entered on Friday and three came away with victories. Baker posted a win for the Aggie women by taking the 400-meter dash in 57.64 seconds, Flexman won the 100 with a time of 10.75 and Burns finished first in the 200, clocking 21.74.
Burns' mark not only earned him an event win but it was a career-best time that vaulted him into a three-way tie for eighth-place on UC Davis' career-leader list with Mike Barber (1982) and Mariano Javco (1982). Flexman's time was just .03 off his career-best time of 10.72 which he achieved during the Aggie Classic on Mar. 12. He is currently 10th on the career list.
Baker had her second-fastest time in the 400 this season, finishing Friday's race with the team's third-fastest mark of the year. Her season-best time was 57.39, which she posted at the Causeway Classic Dual at Sacramento State on April 5.
UC Davis had several strong finishes during Friday's competition, including top-four showings in the women's shot put and discus, and the men's shot put and discus. Kim Gleeson had a season-best mark in the shot put at 44 feet, 6 inches to finish second, while also finishing third in the discus at 155-7. For the men, Ryan Frank was second in the shot put at 55-6, a mark that moved him from No.6 to No.5 on the all-time list, and was fourth in the discus at 168-1.
Chris Choate was fourth in the men's 400 with a season-best time of 48.65 while Burns took sixth in 48.90 and Alfred Gibbs was close behind in seventh at 49.06. Garrick Wong (11.05) and Roland Chu (11.16) also finished in the top eight in the 100. Matt See (1:55.91) was sixth in the 800.
For the women, Danielle Green, Gretchen Haussler and Stephanie Marks each had second-place finishes on Friday. Green was second to Tasha Monroe (24.72) of Hawaii in the 200, finishing in 25.94, while Haussler was just .05 behind Nicole Leach (14.60) in the 100 hurdles. MarkS was second in the high jump at 5-5.75, tops on the team this year, while Chelsey mauck was fourth in 5-3.75.
Competition in the three-day meet concludes on Saturday.
RAFER JOHNSON/JACKIE JOYNER-KERSEE INVITATIONAL
UCLA Drake Stadium/Marshall Field
UC Davis results only
200 - 1. Tasha Monroe, Hawaii, 24.72... 2. Danielle Green, 25.94.
400 - 1. Seante Baker, UCD, 57.64.
800 - 1. Laura Taylor, BYU, 2:12.75... 5. Marlene Avitia, 2:19.76.
1,500 - 1. Ann Marie Thomas, BYU, 4:26.47... 9. Kim Conley, 4:40.28.
LJ - 1. Elisa Holiday, UCSD, 18-9.25... 11. Jade Myles, 16-9.25.
DT - 1. Briona Reynolds, UCLA, 170-6... 3. Kim Gleeson, 155-7.
SP - 1. Meghan Weaver, Hawaii... 45-8... 2. Kim Gleeson, 44-6.
1,500 - 1. Justin Romaniuk, Stanford, 3:50.09... 11. KC Cody, 4:04.00.
LJ - 1. Maurice Ennis, unat., 23-8... Kyle Auclair, foul.
DT - 1. Daniel Schaerer, Stanford, 176-0.... 4. Ryan Frank, 168-1.
SP - 1. Phil Garcia, Guam, 56-4... 2. Ryan Frank, 55-6.25.