April 17, 2005
DAVIS, Calif. - Emily Azevedo, Lorin Scott and Kim Gleeson each won events to pace the UC Davis women on Saturday, while Chris Choate won one to lead the Aggie men, as both teams turned in crowd-pleasing performances at the Woody Wilson Track and Field Classic held during Picnic Day activities on the UC Davis campus.
Four meet records and a stadium mark were also broken by competitors on Saturday.
Azevedo had one of the more stirring wins of the day, winning the 100-meter hurdles in 14.14 seconds, a time well under her school-record mark of 14.27 but which won't count in the record books because it was wind-aided (+2.6).
Lorin Scott was another victor for the Aggies, running her first career 3,000-meter steeplechase and posting a 12-second victory with a time of 11:39.41. That mark also moved her to the No.4 position on the program's all-time list. The UC Davis women's other win on Saturday came from Kim Gleeson, who won the discus at 149 feet, 4 inches, She also had a career-best distance in the shot put at 45-3 which solidified her No.2 standing on the Aggies' career-leader list in that event.
Choate, meanwhile, led a 1-2 UC Davis finish in the men's 400, crossing in 48.72, just ahead of teammate Alfred Gibbs who was timed in 49.12. The Aggies captured just one event on Saturday but had 19 top-five finishes in the meet which featured several hundred collegiate and open athletes.
Besides, Azeveo and Gleeson, the UC Davis women's all-time top 10 list was reworked by Seante Baker in the 400, Rochelle Carter in the 400 hurdles and Marisa Parker in the hammer throw. Baker's time of 56.63 moved her two spots to No.9 all-time, Carters' career-best time of 1:02.23 bumped her two spots to No.7 all-time, and Parker's toss of 151-02 improves her No.6 position.
The Aggie women had 16 top-five finishes on Saturday.
The UC Davis men had four marks which either tied or set team-bests for the season, two of which also dented the record book. Josh Flexman went 10.72 in the 100, finishing fourth and tying his UC Davis season-best mark. It also kept him in the No.10 all-time spot in the Aggie annals.
John Cunnie finished second in the hammer throw at 189-01, pushing him up one position to No.6 on the program's all-time hammer list. And Matt See (1:54.79) in the 800 and Will Merchad (14:42.88) in the 5,000 also finished with times that are tops on the squad this spring. Another came from Kyle Auclair in the long jump who was third at 22-8.
Four meet records and one stadium mark were established in the highly competitive meet. Jeff Billing, who won the 2003 NCAA Division II long jump title for UC Davis, left his mark again on Saturday, winning the event with a jump of 25-0.5 that set Woody Wilson Classic and Woody Wilson Track records. Kevin Smith of the City College of San Francisco set both previous records in 1991 when he went 24-11.25.
LaSadies McClain of Sacramento City College established two meet records in the 100 and 200. She won the 100 in 11.67, smashing the previous best of 11.87 by Ali McKnight of Nevada in 1994 while coming within .01 of the stadium record as well. McClain continued by later winning the 200 in 24.32, breaking the meet mark of 24.66 by Renya Hill of Fresno State in 1996.
Tia DeSota, competing unattached, won the hammer 187-05, surpassing the previous meet record of 177-3 set by Sarah Woydziak of Nevada in 2002.
UC Davis will split next weekend for meets at Oregon and UC San Diego, as well as the California/Nevada State Championships at Fresno State.