April 17, 2004
DAVIS, Calif. - Freshman Danielle Green set two personal records and anchored the UC Davis women's 4x400 relay squad to a winning time of 3:51.40, one of 11 total Aggie victories at the annual Woody Wilson Classic track and field meet at Toomey Field Saturday.
The meet, held as part of the campus's annual Picnic Day festivities and named for the school's legendary Aggie coach Eugene Stanley "Woody" Wilson, is considered to be the track and field program's marquee event. This year's event drew almost 600 competitors of all levels.
Green captured the 100-meter dash with a time of 12.17, then took fourth in the 200 at 25.35. Both marks are season bests for the UC Davis sprinter. Then, in the final women's event of the meet, the foursome of Mary Jo Alexander, Angela Jensen, Molly Stinson and Green claimed victory in the long relay.
Other event winners for the Aggie women included Chelsey mauck, who led a 1-2-3 UC Davis sweep in the high jump with a career-high effort of five feet, 7.25 inches. Teammate Stephanie Marks took second in the event, also at 5-7.25; and Samantha Rogers followed in third at 5-2.25.
"We came to compete. The seniors kept reminding the freshmen this is our house," said Aggie head women's coach Deanne Vochatzer. "They handled the weather, the long day and the distractions of Picnic Day. They competed with a lot of pride today."
Senior Melissa Ferguson won the 400 hurdles at 1:03.01, beating her previous season-best mark by just one-hundredth of a second. Melissa Barrett captured the 3,000 at 10:29.00, and the women's 4x100 relay won its race with a time of 47.25.
On the men's side, Ryan Frank beat his discus throw PR for the second straight week, posting a winning mark of 175-8. John Cunnie just missed the 200-foot barrier in the hammer throw, but his 199-10 performance was good enough to win that event and improve on his season best.
Freshman Matt Lesenyie also hit a PR in the triple jump, winning that event with a leap of 45-4.25. Other men's winners included Will Merchad, who captured the 5,000 in 14:44.39; and Mike Comaroto, who claimed the pole vault title at 15-11.75. Joel Bosserman also highlighted UC Davis men's action with a second-place 3:51.72 in the 1,500. That mark improved on his season best by almost four seconds and is the best time by any Aggie this season.
Another feature of the meet was the women's 3,000, now named for Sue Williams, who retired this year after a successful career at the helm of the UC Davis cross country program. Lulu Hays was the Aggies' top finisher in that event, placing sixth at 10:11.84.
The Aggie squads split up for their next action. The throwers head to La Jolla for the UC San Diego Invitational, while distances runners will compete at the famed Hayward Field in the Oregon Invitational.