April 12, 2013
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Freshman Praise Adesida delivered 10 points for the UC Davis women's track and field team while Matthew Bender's third-place discus finish paced the men, as the Aggies battled during the second day of competition on Friday at the Mondo Mid-Major Invitational at nearby Sacramento State.
The three-day meet has scored five events so far with the Aggie women sitting in fourth place with 24.5 points. They trail Utah State which leads with 38 and the host Hornets who are tied for second with BYU with 36 points. BYU has 44 points for a six-point lead in the men's race over Utah State and Sacramento State which are tied for second place with 44. UC Davis is in fifth after scoring 17 points.
Besides five events on the main portion of the meeting taking place, competition in the meet's multi-events finished on Friday. Freshman Steven Pust scored 5,781 points for a sixth-place finish in the decathlon while Kira Rienecker's 10th place led four Aggies in the heptathlon.
Adesida posted a big PR in the discus as she continues to move up the Aggies' all-time charts early in her career. Her mark of 154 feet, 7 inches surpassed her previous best of 146-06 by more than eight feet and moved her from No. 8 all-time to No. 5. It also gave UC Davis its best individual finish of the day.
Emily Bush and Danielle Steffen combined for 6.5 points in the pole vault after each cleared 11-09.75 to finish fifth and in a tie for sixth, respectively. (Bush finished higher due to fewer misses). For Steffen, it gave her seventh-place on the program's all-time list. UC Davis' remaining points came from Diamonne Mitchell (7th) and Karlaina Gipson (8th) in the long jump, and Nina Anderson (6th) and Katie Ott (7th) in the 5,000-meter run.
Bender, a freshman from Shafter, Calif., made his debut on the Aggies' all-time discus chart by finishing third on Friday with a mark of 167-04. That puts him No. 8 on the ledger, was a PR by better than four feet and gave the UC Davis men six points.
Other scorers for UC Davis included Maurice Spikes who took fourth in the high jump for five points, Miguel Aceves who picked up four points with his fifth-place finish in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, and Jordan Rushing who scored a pair by placing seventh in the 5K.
Pust bettered the 5,593 points he scored in the decathlon at the season-opening Chico Multi in March, tallying 5,781 at Sacramento State the past two days. He highlighted his second day by winning the pole vault - the eighth event of the grueling 10-event competition - with a mark of 14-07.25 that brought him 746 points. He finished his day strong, placing second in the 1,500 in 4:37.97, good enough for 693 points.
All four Aggie heptathletes scored season-high scores this week as well, led by Rienecker who scored 849 points in the 800 with her third-place finish in 2:18.12. Her 4,375 points were 170 more than she tallied at Chico State.
Edwards placed 11th with 4,047, scoring 447 points while taking seventh in the javelin for her best finish of the second day. Murphy Nicholson (14th, 3,695 points) and Kelsey Drain (15th, 3,562 points) also posted season-high scores with both of them highlighting their days in the 800. Nicholson was seventh in 2:24.52 while Drain placed 10th in 2:33.12.
Competition in the Mondo Mid-Major continues with a complete day of action on Saturday at Sacramento State.
SACRAMENTO STATE MID-MAJOR
Day 2 of 3
UC Davis results
TEAM STANDINGS (five events) - 1. Utah State, 38 pts; T2. Sacramento State, 36; T2. BYU, 36; 4. UC DAVIS, 24.50; 5. Nevada, 21; 6. Montana State, 19.5; 7. Portland State; 14; 8. Detroit Mercy, 6.
5,000 - 1. Camelia Mayfield, Portland St., 17:12.61... 6. Nina Anderson, 17:52.25; 7. Katie Ott, 18:02.35.
Steeplechase- 1. Heather Demorest, Montana St., 10:40.97.
LJ - 1. La Tijera Avery, Nevada, 5.75 (18-10.50)... 7. Diamonne Mitchell, 5.45 (17-10.75); 8. Karlaina Gipson, 5.38 (17-08.00); 12. Catherine Li, 5.22 (17-01.50) (wa).
DT - 1. Praise Adesida, UC Davis, 47.13 (154-07).
PV - 1. Rachel Fisher, BYU, 3.95 (12-11.50)... T4. Emily Bush, 3.60 (11-09.75); T4. Danielle Steffen, 3.60 (11-09.75); 12. Samantha Eiler, 3.30 (10-10.00); T13. Siobhan Anderson, 3.15 (10-04.00).
HEPTATHLON - 1. Alison Worthen, Seattle Pacific, 5,492 pts... 10. Kira Rienecker, 4,375 (LJ - 4.92m, 538 pts; JT - 24.76m, 447 pts; 800 - 2:18.12); 11. Tori Edwards, 4,047 (LJ - 4.68m, 474 pts; 28.44m, 447 pts; 800 - 2:35.59, 624 pts); 14. Murphy Nicholson, 3,695 (LJ - 4.56m, 443 pts; JT - 22.31m, 332 pts; 800 - 2:24.52, 763 pts); 15. Kelsey Drain, 3,562 (LJ - 4.41m, 406 pts; JT - 23.03m, 345 pts; 800 - 2:33.12).
TEAM STANDINGS (five events) - 1. BYU, 44; T2. Utah State, 38; T2. Sacramento State, 38; 4. Montana State, 33; 5. UC DAVIS, 17; 6. Detroit Mercy, 11; 7. Portland State, 8; 8. Cal Poly, 3.
5,000 - 1. Trevor Polson, Montana St., 14:31.50... 7. Jordan Rushing, 14:59.57.
Steeplechase - 1. Jacob Kirk, Montana St., 8:50.60... 5. Miguel Aceves, 9:54.71.
HJ - 1. Sam Rockwood, BYU, 2.06 (6-09.00)... 5. Maurice Spikes, 2.00 (6-06.75).
LJ - 1. John Glazier, BYU, 7.13 (23-04.75)... 11. Chase Dariso, 6.33 (20-09.25); 14. Sava Boyadjiev, 5.92 (19-05.25); 15. Basil Okoroike, 5.90 (19-04.25).
DT - 1. Winston Wilkinson, BYU, 51.24 (168-01)... 3. Matthew Bender, 51.00 (167-04); Abhineet Ram, FOUL.
DECATHLON - 1. Chase Dalton, BYU, 7,215 pts... 6 Steven Pust, 5,781 pts. (110H - 16.50, 677 pts; DT - 21.31m, 297 pts; PV - 4.45m, 746 pts; JT - 33.61m, 350 pts; 1,500 - 4:37.97, 693 pts); Shane Ryan, DNF.