May 6, 2005
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Marisha Dixon won the women's 400-meter dash, Jessica Lorson moved up in UC Davis' top 10 list with her victory in the 400 hurdles and Max Padgett finished first in the high jump for the Aggie men, as both UC Davis teams traveled across the causeway for the Sacramento State Open on Friday.
UC Davis sent several competitors to the meet on Friday while others prepared for the Modesto Relays on Saturday. The Aggie women posted nine top-three showings on Friday while the men had six in the top five.
Dixon posted her second-fastest time of the season in the open quarter, edging Christina Heagney of Sacramento State with a time of 58.37 seconds. Heagney was second in 58.76
Lorson, whose previous best in the 400 hurdles was 1:02.73, eclipsed that on Friday when she went 1:02.11, a time that vaulted her from No.10 on the program's all-time leaders list to No.6. Teammate Amy Purtle finished second in the race while posting a season-best time of 1:03.40.
The Aggies also had movement on the women's hammer chart where transfer Marisa Parker jumped from No.6 on the all-time charter to No.4 with her toss of 156-3.
Other top-three finishes for the UC Davis women on Friday included second-places by Kim Conley in the 1,500 (4:40.04), Hallah Barre in the 3,000 (10:57.49) and Stephanie Marks in the high jump (5-7). Eva Gut was third in the 3,000, Natalie Russell was third in the 400 hurdles, and Abbie Galloway took third in the steeplechase.
Marlene Avitia picked up the team's fastest time of the year in the 800 when she finished fourth in 2:15.45.
Padgett was the lone victor for the UC Davis men on Friday when he finished first in the high jump with an effort of 6-0.75. K.C. Cody had the Aggies only other first- or second-place showing at the meet, taking second in the 3,000 at 8:50.95.
Ryan Frank was fourth in the hammer throw at 188-1, just a foot off his career best for another Aggie highlight. Grinnel Khanna was fifth in the long jump, Thomas Chamberlain duplicated that finish in the triple jump and Shaun Countryman was fifth in the javelin.