April 9, 2005
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - UC Davis' 4x400-meter relay team of Chris Choate, Josh Flexman, Alfred Gibbs and Kajari Burns broke a 19-year-old school record with a time of 3 minutes, 11.90 seconds, finishing fourth on Saturday at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational at UCLA.
The Aggies, who were running in lane 9, eclipsed the previous school best of 3:13.04 set by Matt Devine, Darryl Perry, Pete Wolbert and Jay Lawson in 1986. The same UC Davis quartet which set the record on Saturday had threatened the school record earlier this season, going 3:13.35 at the Stanford Invitational on Mar. 26.
"That (old) record is gone by a good amount," said UC Davis coach Deanne Vochatzer. "We finished on a really high note."
UCLA won the race in 3:05.42 with the Bruins "B" team finishing second and BYU taking third.
The Aggies' long relay was one of three UC Davis relays in action on Saturday at the meet. UC Davis' 4x100 relay team finished third in 41.60, its second-fastest mark of the season while the women's 4x400 relay team was fourth in its race in 3:48.67, its second-best time of the season.
Both the UC Davis men's and women's track and field teams will be in action next Saturday when it hosts the Woody Wilson Classic.
Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational
Hosted by UCLA
UC Davis results only
4x100 Relay - 1. High Performance, 41.25... 3. UC Davis 41.60.
4x400 Relay - 1. UCLA, 3:05.42... 4. UC Davis, 3:11.90.
4x400 Relay - 1. Elite International, 3:34.19... 4. UC Davis, 3:48.67.