SACRAMENTO, Calif. - UC Davis beat Sacramento State in the women’s 4x400-meter relay – the final event of the Causeway Classic Dual meet at Hornet Stadium on Friday – breaking a deadlock with the Hornets and capping a sweep by the Aggie men’s and women’s teams against the Hornets for the second time in the last three years.
The winning relay gave the Aggies a 97-95 win over the Hornets just minutes after the men finished off a 105-87 victory over Sacramento State with their own win the 4x400. The track and field sweep also clinched the Causeway Cup for UC Davis for the fourth straight year.
Basil Okoroike won the long jump and triple jump for the UC Davis men while Mikaela Adolphus captured the 200- and 400-meter dashes for the women. Both received meet honors for the most individual points.
“The teams came alive at the right time,” said head coach Rahn Sheffield. “The men really stepped up despite a lot of injuries. You have to deal with adversity to overcome diversity in order to become a champion and they did that today.
“The women, what can I say? They’ve been consistent with their battling,” he added. “I expected nothing different than what I got from them today.”
UC Davis posted just its second-ever sweep against Sacramento State in the series. The Aggies also swept the Hornets in 2014 when the teams tangled at Sacramento City College.
The Aggie men won nine events while the women placed first in 10. Besides winning the long jump (23 feet, 3.5 inches) and the triple jump (49-5), Okoroike also posted a career-best time of 10.77 seconds while finishing third in the 100. Other winners included Aspyn Walton (200), Brian Thomas (400), Cody Nguyen (800), Jordon Rushing (1500), Trevor Halsted (3000) and Forrest Hierholzer (pole vault).
Antony Ardis, Thomas, Walton and Nguyen also teamed up for the Aggies’ winning 4x400 relay.
Walton and Thomas both had career-best marks in their sprints that also changed the program’s all-time lists. Walton went 21.49 in the 200, jumping two spots to No. 6 all-time and bettering his previous-best of 21.56 from the Mesa Classic in Arizona earlier this season. Thomas was already No. 3 in the 400 but solidified his spot further by crossing Friday in 47.27.
UC Davis also forged a three-way tie on the 4x100 list with its time of 41.16 on Friday from Okoroike, Walton, Jason Chandler and Ardis. Senior Matthew Bender added the final top-10 mark for the men with his second-place finish in the hammer throw (189-5) that put him eighth on that all-time chart.
Hierholzer won his second straight pole vault event and creeped closer to a top-10 spot. He won Friday’s competition by clearing 16-5.5.
The women’s competition was a see-saw battle that saw the teams enter the 4x400 in a 92-92 tie. But the quartet of Emma Redick, Adolphus, Rochelle Nadreau and Rianna Goins proved too much for the Hornets to match and the Aggies (3:43.32) won convincingly by seven seconds.
Adolphus not only won the 200 and 400 but did so with career-best marks. She first took the 400 in 54.50, beating her time of 55.10 from the Hornet Invitational in March and pushing her up two spots to No. 3 on the program’s all-time list. She then raced to a time of 24.28 in the 200 later in the meet for her second career-best mark in as many weeks after going 24.30 at Cal last weekend. That strengthened her No. 4 all-time spot with the Aggies.
McGee was spectacular in the sprints also, taking first in the 100 with a blazing time of 11.70 seconds. She entered the meet with a career mark of 12.04 seconds, which she had done twice this year and which put her in an eighth-place tie at UC Davis, but vaulted all the way to No. 3. McGee is only the sixth Aggie to break 12 seconds in the event in program history.
Besides anchoring the winning 4x400 relay, Goins was victorious in the 800 in 2:11.33. Christine Hoffmann won the 3,000, school-record holder Erinn Beattie finished first in the high jump, senior Catherine Li captured the triple jump and Morgan Dutra won the discus.
Dutra also turned in an impressive performance in the shot put, which she competed in for the first time since 2014. Dutra was third Friday with a mark of 44-9.75, debuting her at No. 9 on the all-time list. She also was third in the hammer (167-01), moving up a spot to No. 9 on that list.
Nadreau added the final top-10 mark for UC Davis, finishing second in the 400 in 55.56 and making her first appearance on that chart at No. 8.
The meet served as the final tuneup for the full team prior to the Big West Championships which begin with the multi-events next weekend at Long Beach State.
“A meet like this really makes you re-evaluate yourself and your place on this team because this is a championship-looking team,” Sheffield said.
UC Davis won the Causeway Cup for the fourth consecutive year and now leads Sacramento State, 48.75-26.25, with just two baseball games remaining on this year’s schedule. A total of 80 points are up for grabs in this year’s competition.
The Aggies will send a small distance contingent to Stanford’s Payton Jordan Invitational on Sunday.
Sacramento, Calif. (hosted by Sacramento State)
UC Davis results
TEAM: 1. UC Davis def. Sac State, 105-87.
LJ - 1. Basil Okoroike, UC Davis, 7.10 (23-03.50)… 2. Kyle Clancy, 7.00 (22-11.75) (wa); Thomas Grossman, 6.93 (22-09.00) (wa); 5. Steven Childs, 6.66 (21-10.25); 6. T.K. Dodds, 6.57 (21-06.75); 9. Chase Dariso, 6.43 (21-01.25) (wa); Drew Xandrine-Anderson, foul.
TEAM: UC Davis def. Sac State, 97-95
3000 - 1. Christine Hoffman, UC Davis, 10:08.38… 2. Katherine Gallaher, 10:12.48; 4. Nicole Lane, 10:15.93; 5. Katie Fry, 10:21.57; 8. Olivia Goins, 10:31.87; 10. Megan MacGregor, 10:37.51; 12. Lorena Mendoza, 11:07.21; 13. Elizabeth Grief, 11:34.14.
HJ - 1. Erinn Beattie, UC Davis, 1.74 (5-08.50)… 2. Morgan Bertsch, 1.69 (5-06.50).
PV - 1. Danielle Brandon, Sac State, 3.85 (12-07.50)… T3. Holly Tokar, 3.70 (12-01.50); T3. Ariel Maroon, 3.70 (12-01.50); T3. Anatasia Kubicki, 3.70 (12-01.50); 7. Samantha Eilert, 3.55 (11-07.75); Danielle Steffen, NH.