April 19, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - Aggie women captured three events at the Woody Wilson Classic at UC Davis, the men won a pair, and Ashley Marshalllowered her school record in the 100-meter dash at the Mt. SAC Relays as the Aggie men's and women's track and field teams excelled at home and on the road Friday.
At the first day of the Woody Wilson Classic - which for the first time had its open and high school meets take place on the same days - the UC Davis teams combined for five first-place finishes. Tonie Williams (400), Shannon Harcus (10,000) and Praise Adesida (discus) were victorious for the women while Trevor Ehlenbach (800) and Maurice Spikes(high jump) posted victories for the men.
The Aggies also sent an elite contingent to the Mt. SAC Relays in Southern California and faced some of the country's top competition. Marshall led the way down there, winning the university/open 100 in 11.52 seconds while lowering her own school record which was previously 11.55 seconds. She also went a wind-aided 23.52 in the 200, finishing third. Ethan Ostrompaced the men's team at Mt. SAC, clearing 16 feet, 10.75 inches in his section of the pole vault to tie for second place.
"A meet like Mt. SAC, by nature, creates high expectations for performance and we brought home more solid results from our two days of competition," said head coach Drew Wartenburg. "Athletes continue to surpass and match PR-level performances, and with one major competitive date before conference, we will begin to consolidate fitness and prepare for the postseason run.
"Day 1 of the Woody Wilson Classic saw numerous event wins on the track and in the field, with a lot of athletes returning to action tomorrow for second looks at competition."
Williams led a 1-2 finish in the 400 for UC Davis at the Woody Wilson Classic, crossing in 56.97 while Sarah Griffithwas second. Harcus was a decisive winner in the 10,000, winning in 36:59.22 while finishing nearly a minute ahead of the rest of the field. Adesida continued her strong freshman season, throwing the discus 152-03, which was nearly 20 feet longer than the second-place effort.
Ehlenback nearly moved into the men's 800 all-time top 10 at UC Davis with his victory on Friday. He was timed in 1:51.91, less than a half-second from the No. 10 spot. The Aggies' Cody Nguyenfollowed him across the finish line in second place (1:53.83).
Besides Griffith, the Aggie women also picked up second-place finishes from Nicole Aha in the 3,000-meter steeplechase (11:08.14) and from Diamonne Mitchell in the long jump (17-09.50). Veronica Smartprovided another highlight with her fifth-place in the hammer throw, picking up a mark of 161-08 which moved her two positions to No. 8 on the Aggies' all-time list.
At Mt. SAC, Marshall's time in the 200 was just below her school-record of 23.54 but because it was wind-aided, is not allowed for record purposes. Still, it was one of three outstanding efforts in the event from UC Davis which also had Cekarri Nixon (24.21, wind-aided) and Melanise Chapman(24.46) turn in impressive times.
Nixon (55.31) was solid in the 400 while Leslie Reed debuted on the program's all-time list in the event at No. 7 with her time of 55.70. Reed, Marshall, Nixon and Chapman also combined for a fourth-place finish in the 4x100, clocking a time of 45.52. Shanie Landen added another nice effort in the 800 with her ninth-place time of 2:08.34 while school-record holder Emily Bushhad a season-best mark of 12-01.50 in the pole vault. Alycia Cridebring had another PR in the 1,500 while racing in the Olympic Development section. She was timed in 4:21.14.
Karl Moran did the same in the 400, crossing in 48.44 seconds for the fastest UC Davis time this season.
The busy weekend continues on Saturday with the second day of the Woody Wilson Classic, held in conjunction with the campus's Picnic Day festivities.