April 28, 2012
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Kayla Carter and Melanise Chapman each won two individual events for the UC Davis women while Nathan Strum was a double-winner for the men, but host Sacramento State was able to sweep both team competitions during the Causeway Classic Track and Field Duals at Hornet Stadium on Friday night.
The Hornet women posted a 102-86 victory while the men edged UC Davis 99-92. The victories delivered Sacramento State five points each towards the all-sports Causeway Cup competition, giving the Hornets a 52.50-47.50 win for the 2011-12 season and breaking a two-year winning streak for UC Davis. The all-time series is now tied 4-4.
The schools split victories in Friday's meet with the men's and women's teams from each program garnering nine wins apiece. For the Aggie women, Carter and Chapman helped lead the way.
Carter took home victories in the 100- and 400-meter hurdles, turning in outstanding performances in each. She was hand-timed in 13.6 seconds in the short hurdles, well below her career-best time, while her 1:00.73 clocking in the long hurdles vaulted her to No. 3 all-time at UC Davis.
Chapman was also an effective double-winner in individual events for the Aggies, capturing first place in the 100 (11.81) and 200 (24.45) races while also running a leg on the winning 4x400 relay (3:47.73).
Sarah Sumpter was a winner for UC Davis as well, taking the 3,000 with a meet-record time of 9:33.40 which easily beat the previous mark of 9:45.85 set by former Aggie great Kim Conley in 2007. It also debuted her at No. 4 on the school's all-time list.
Katie Barber in the high jump (1.66m, 5-05.25), Lauren Radke in the pole vault (3.80, 12-05.50) and Ashley Hearn in the discus (48.90) also earned first-places on Friday night.
The Aggie women also had several other outstanding marks that impacted the program's top-10 lists. Katie Fry was second in the 800 (2:08.57, No. 3), Kellie Grigg took second in the 400 hurdles (1:01.73, No. 7 tie), Tonie Williams was second in the 400 (55.88, No. 7), Sarah Hussey placed fourth in the hammer throw (50.60m, 166-00; No. 7), Veronica Smart finished third in the shot put (13.38m, 43-10.75; No. 8) and Kristine Lozoya was third in the 3,000 (9:43.51, No. 9).
The Aggie men were engaged in a close battle throughout the night until the Hornets were able to capture key points down the stretch. Strum had a big hand in helping UC Davis battle the Hornets, taking wins in the middle distance 800 and 1,500 races.
Strum was hand-timed in 3:48.5 in the 1,500 which, even if converted, would place him in the Aggies' all-time top 10 while also breaking the meet record of 3:50.37 set by teammate Jonathan Peterson in 2008. Strum came back a little later in the meet, winning the 800 in 1:52.58 while leading a 1-2 UC Davis finish that also included Trevor Ehlenbach (1:53.44) in second.
Corey Hobbs had a strong effort in the 100 (10.92) for another Aggie win and was joined by Jason Chandler (400, 48.36), Karl Moran (400H, 53.82), Robert Neely (long jump, 6.97m, 22-10.50), Igor Seriba (triple jump, 14.62, 47-11.75) and Ethan Ostrom (pole vault, 5.15m, 16-10.75) with event victories. UC Davis also earned a win in the meet-ending 4x400 relay.
Brandon Greenberg added another career-best mark for the Aggies, continuing his climb up the shot put chart. He was third in 16.71 meters (54-10.00), beating his previous best by almost a foot and jumping a spot to No. 7 all-time.
"Although you don't come into a dual meet making it about times and marks because it's ultimately about place and points, we did have some folks really step up and perform well today," said Aggie coach Drew Wartenburg. "So you have to like the performances that are getting toward peak levels at season's end."
UC Davis will have a small contingent competing at the Payton Jordan-Cardinal Invitational at Stanford on Sunday and will have a portion of its team back for the Sacramento State Open next weekend. The Big West Multi-Event Championships, a prelude to the complete Big West Championships, also begins next weekend at UC Irvine.