Aggies, Hornets split exciting Causeway Dual at UC Davis

Ben Parodi had PRs in the hammer throw and shot put for UC Davis on Friday.
May 1, 2015

Complete Results

DAVIS, Calif. - Seniors Raquel Lambdin and Ashley Marshall were each double-winners in individual events for the victorious UC Davis women while six Aggie men had first-place finishes as the UC Davis track and field teams split the Causeway Dual with rival Sacramento State on Friday evening at Woody Wilson Track.

UC Davis also set a school record in the women's 4x100 relay at the Causeway Dual for the second consecutive season. In all, the Aggie women won 10 events.

UC Davis held off the Hornets, 99.5-92.5, on the women's side while the Hornet men posted a 108-84 victory. Eric Adorno won the 100- and 200-meter dashes to lead the Sacramento State men's team. UC Davis was looking to sweep both duals for the second consecutive year.

Lambdin and Marshall helped lead the way for the Aggies. Lambdin, an All-American in the 1,500 and the Big West's two-time defending champion in the event, won the race on Friday in 4 minutes, 24.13 seconds before returning to the track later to capture the 800 in 2:09.90.

Marshall matched her with two individual wins as well, taking both the 100 in 11.39 and then racing to a time of 23.91 in the 200. Her 100 mark nearly beat her school record of 11.34 set at the 2013 Big West Championships.

She opened the meet with a strong opening leg of the 4x100, teaming with Cekarri Nixon, Emma Redick and Holly Miller to cross in 44.70. That crushed the previous school record of 45.02 established by Marshall, Nixon, Miller and Leslie Reed at last year's meet.

Nixon provided a highlight of her own in her specialty 400. The Aggies' school-record holder in the event squared off with Dominique Whittington, who holds the school mark for Sacramento State, and the two didn't disappoint the fans. The talented duo provided a thrilling finish with Nixon (53.59) edging Whittington (53.64) at the finish line.

Redick rounded out UC Davis' wins on the track with her victory in the long hurdles. A week after becoming just the third Aggie to eclipse a minute in the event, she did it again on Friday with her time of 59.49.

Breanna Standifer, Michaela Mundt and Morgan Bertsch added victories in the field events. Standifer won the discus with a mark of 157 feet, 11 inches while Mundt delivered a personal-best tying effort in the hammer throw at 181-5.

Bertsch, a redshirt on the UC Davis women's basketball team this past season, led a 1-2 Aggie finish in the high jump which proved crucial after the Hornets had closed to within four points late in the meet. She tied teammate Katie Barber, the school-record holder, at 5-7 but Bertsch won with fewer misses.

Senior Veronica Smart had two strong PRs in the throws, finishing second in the shot put at 50-6.25 and third in the hammer at 179-07. Both are improvements on marks that solidify her Nos. 3 and 4 spots, respectively, on the Aggies' all-time leaders list.

Aggie head coach Rahn Sheffield was proud of the way the women were able to turn back Sacramento State after the Hornets rallied late.

"In competition sometimes you lose momentum," he said. "When you lose momentum you have to be able to regain that and move forward. That's important going into a championship because in championships, sometimes you're up and sometimes you're down. The main thing is you want to end on top."

Five of the UC Davis men's six overall wins came on the track, led by Matt Moreno who delivered a PR in the 400 for the second straight week. He went 48.13 at the Brutus Hamilton at Cal to debut at No. 9 on the all-time list before jumping all the way to fourth with his winning time of 47.59 on Friday. It's the fastest time for UC Davis since Matt Council went 47.63 in 2010.

Cody Nguyen made his first appearance on the 800's all-time list after winning that race on Friday with a strong final lap. He crossed in 1:50.36 to move all the way to fifth at UC Davis. Nick Ratto led four consecutive Aggies across the 1,500 finish line with his first-place mark of 3:52.55 while Trevor Halsted, who was a close second (3:52.66), earned his victory in the 3,000 in 8:23.75 after a strong surge on the penultimate lap.

Jason Chandler, who owned a personal-best time of 52.38 in the 400 hurdles from the Texas State Bobcat Invitational in March, lowered his PR with a time of 52.27 that vaulted him two spots to fifth all-time at UC Davis.

In the field events, senior Ben Parodi put together a pair of strong throws in hammer and discus to help pace UC Davis. He opened his day with a winning mark of 193-9 in the hammer -- beating his previous PR (191-3) set last week at Cal -- that keeps him seventh on the all-time list. He then went 56-7.25 in the shot put later in the meet, finishing second, and moving him from seventh to sixth on UC Davis' all-time list.

"I think the men are doing really well," said Sheffield. "I think they started roughly. They're trying to get themselves together. As a whole, they have all the ingredients to be a championship team."

The meet was the final home competition of the year for UC Davis. The Aggies will send a small contingent to the Payton Jordan Invitational at Stanford on Saturday before turning their attention to the Big West Championships. The conference's multi-event championships will be held next week at UC Riverside followed by the full meet a week later.