May 1, 2004
CHICO, Calif. - Senior Maria Rodriguez captured top hoors in the 3,000-meter run and Chelsey mauck won the high jump while Aggie men garnered five runner-up showings during competition on Saturday at the Chico Twilight Open, highlighting weekend action for UC Davis which also included top finishes by Robert Rubio and Emily Azevedo at the Cardinal Invitational at Stanford.
Rodriguez won the 3,000 race at Chico with a season-best time of 10 minutes, 27.38 seconds, giving the Aggies one of two wins at the track and field meet. Mauck won by judges decision in the high jump at 5 feet, 4 inches.
The UC Davis men had five second-place finishes at Chico, including showings by Justin Cary in the 800 (1:56.69), Roland Chu in the 200 (21.84), Tim Helms in the steeplechase (9:30.44), Jah Bennett in the high jump (6-6) and Matt Lesenyie in the triple jump (46-11).
Chu's marked was the fastest by an Aggie sprinter this season while Cary and Bennett also had season-bests.
UC Davis sent a small contingent to Stanford, but Azevedo had a high finish as she took third in the 100 hurdles in 14.47, just ahead of teammate Gretchen Haussler who was fourth in a season-best time of 14.49. Rubio also had a high finish, taking second in the hammer throw with an effort of 178-10. Kyle Dunst posted his best time this year in the 800, taking seventh in 1:51.33.
The Aggie men's next top finishes at Chico were sixth-place finishes by Alfred Gibbs in the 400 (49.58) and by Justin Rau in the 1,500 (3:54.75), who was followed in the next two positions by teammates Tony Ahr (3:55.36) and Joel Bosserman (3:55.62).
For the women, third-place finishes were earned by Jessica Neu in the steeplechase (11:11.14), Amy Purtle in the 100 hurdles (15.43) and Samantha Rogers in the high jump (5-4). Danielle Green was fourth in the 400 (56.84).
UC Davis will be at the Modesto Relays and the Sacramento State Open next weekend.
UC Davis results only
DT - 1. Kitty Currier, Stanford, 154-1... Kim Gleeson, ND.
HT - 1. Loree Smith, CSU, 209-10... 8. Bernadette Purtle, 148-3
800 - 1. Kol Henrickson, ISU, 1:50.02... 7. Kyle Dunst, 1:51.33.
SP - 1. Craig Kent, unat, 60-11.25m... 5. Ryan Frank, 52-2.
CHICO STATE TWILIGHT OPEN
UC Davis results only
400 - 1. Ryan Fitzpatrick, Chico, 48.27... 6. Alfred Gibbs, 49.58.
Steeplechase - 1. Patrick Boivin, Chico, 9:29.47... 2. Tim Helms, 9:30.44.
HJ - 1. Justin May, Chico, 6-8... 2. Jah Bennett, 6-6.
TJ - 1. Peter Francis, Chico, 47-10.5... 2. Matt Lesenyie, 46-11.
100 - 1. Kiesha Givens, unat, 11.79... T16. Maka Agbo, 13.13.
200 - 1. Jamila Carter, Nevada, 24.57... 12. Maka Agbo, 26.87.
3,000 - 1. Maria Rodriguez, UCD, 10:27.38.
Steeplechase - 1. Sarah Montez, Chico, 10:58.01... 3. Jessica Neu, 11:11.14.
400H - 1. Veronica Opazo, unat, 1:00.92... 5. Amy Purtle, 1:05.75.
LJ - 1. Shannon Roberts, Ore. Tech, NA... 10. Laura Rombach, 16-11.25. 4x100 - 1. Nevada, 47.33... 4. UC Davis, 47.73.
Aggies host All-Comers
Track & Field Meet on Jan. 28