UC Davis Dominates Hornets; Sweeps Causeway Duals

Praise Adesida had a big PR (51-0.25) in the shot put on Friday.
 
Praise Adesida had a big PR (51-0.25) in the shot put on Friday.
 

May 2, 2014

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The UC Davis men won all 10 events on the track and both the men's women's teams each won 14 of 18 events overall as the Aggies swept rival Sacramento State in the annual Causeway Classic Track and Field Dual at Hughes Stadium.

The Aggie men - fueled by a school-record 4x100 relay (40.27) - posted a 111-81 victory while the women - who also had a UC Davis record in the 4x100 (45.02) as well - were 114-78 winners. It was UC Davis' first sweep over the Hornets in the eight duals they've had since 2006. The men picked up their first overall win in the rivalry while the women - who tied with the Hornets last season - earned their third.

UC Davis was dominant on the men's side in the 10 track events. Kaio Sena (100), Sava Boyadjiev (200), Marcus Johnson (400), Alex Grigoriev (800), Trevor Halsted (1,500), Grayson Hough (3,000) and Karl Moran(110HH, 400H) each won individual events while both the long and short relays completed the sweep.

Maurice Spikes (high jump), Marc Toney (pole vault), Basil Okoroike (triple jump) and Matthew Bender(discus) added wins in the field events.

Ashley Marshall (100, 200), Praise Adesida (shot put, discus) and Catherine Li (triple jump, long jump) were each double-winners for the women while Shanie Landen (800), Raquel Lambdin (1,500), Erika Barr (3,000), Kellie Grigg (100H) and the 4x100 finished first as well. Katie Barber (high jump), Holly Tokar (pole vault) and Veronica Smart(hammer throw) added wins.

"Each season our staff aims to have the athletes primed and prepared to perform at their best when it counts, and tonight both the men and women took important steps toward outcome goals," said head coach Drew Wartenburg. "Results from the Causeway Dual showcase our efforts to put a broad and balanced team on the track and in the field, and every event group brought outstanding competitive efforts to the meet all afternoon."

The UC Davis men didn't take long to serve notice on Friday, posting a school-record in the 4x100 that broke the previous best of 40.56 set during the 2001 NCAA Division II Championships. Boyadjiev led off with Johnson, Sena and Okoroike taking it from there.

The sprints were especially strong for UC Davis, particularly in the 100 where Sena (10.42), Boyadjiev (10.45) and Okoroike (10.60) each had big PR's. Sena vaulted to No. 2 on the program's all-time list while Boyadjiev is No. 3. The Aggies' all-time 100 list had not been touched since 2007 but in the past six days has seen three changes. Johnson is No. 4 on the chart at 10.56 seconds which he picked up at Cal last weekend.

Boyadjiev grabbed his first place with a blazing time of 21.17 in the 200 which improved his No. 3 all-time spot by .05. Sena is now seventh after crossing in 21.51 seconds. Johnson's time of 48.74 gave him first place by nearly two seconds while also providing UC Davis' fastest time this season.

The first of Moran's two wins came in the 110 high hurdles in which he went 14.29, tying his career-best mark achieved last weekend. UC Davis extended its domination with strong showings in the 1,500 and 3,000, grabbing the top four spots in each race.

Okoroike's mark of 49-00.25 provided another season-best mark for the Aggies and helped highlight the field crew's efforts.

The Aggie women got off to a rocking start with their school-record in the 4x100. Marshall, Cekarri Nixon, Leslie Reed and Holly Miller combined to smash the previous record of 45.18 set during the Mondo Mid-Major at Sacramento State last season. Marshall came back later in the meet to post sprint times - which while wind-aided - still improve her regional qualifying marks. She went 11.22 in the 100 and 23.33 in the 200. Freshman Holly Millerbroke into the program's top-10 list in the latter event, moving to No. 7 with her time of 24.57.

Li's mark of 18 feet, 9 inches in the long jump added her name to that all-time list at a tie for ninth, giving her presence on that and the triple jump ledgers. Holly Tokar continued her strong freshman season with her pole vault win, clearing 12-8.75 to move up two spots to No. 3 all-time at UC Davis. Siobhan Anderson(12-00.75) improved her No. 10 position while giving the Aggies a top-10 list with vaulters who have all gone at least 12 feet.

The shot put was another area of career-bests for the women who had Praise Adesida post a PR at 51-0.25 - a six-inch improvement - and Breanna Standiferdebut at No. 6 after posting a mark of 46-3.25.

"It's a good situation when we find it impossible to identify one or two individuals that made the difference, and we had people step up at every turn throughout the course of the competition today," Wartenburg said. "Seeing both teams begin to gel at the right time is a satisfying feeling. We'll enjoy these results and then get right back to our preparations for the two upcoming conference championship weekends that await."

UC Davis will have just one competitor - standout distance runner Alycia Cridebring- in action on Sunday at the Payton Jordan Invitational at Stanford. The Aggies will begin turning their attention to the Big West Championships at Woody Wilson Track which begin with the multi-event competitions next weekend and continue with the full meet on May 16-17.

The track and field sweep delivers UC Davis 10 points in the all-sports Causeway Cup, presented by ScholarShare. The Aggies now lead 66.25-31.25 with only a baseball matchup on May 13 at Raley Field remaining on the rivals' schedule.