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Marlene Avitia was second in the 1,500 on Saturday.
 
Marlene Avitia was second in the 1,500 on Saturday.
 

May 8, 2004

Sacramento State Open Results

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Marlene Avitia finished second in her first 1,500-meter run of the year, leading a 2-3 Aggie finish in the event, while Mike Comorato captured the pole vault and Ryder Heidelberger posted a season-best time placing second in the 200, as UC Davis faced tough competition on Saturday at the Sacramento State Open.

UC Davis also competed this weekend at the Modesto Relays but results are not yet available.

Avitia, who has the Aggies' fastest time in the 800 so far this year, finished second in Saturday's 1,500 at Sacramento State with a time of 4:44.84. She led two UC Davis runners in the top three as senior Maria Rodriguez placed third in 4:45.68, going under her season best by nearly 11 seconds.

Comorato, meanwhile, posted the only event win for the Aggies on Saturday, capturing the pole vault with an effort of 16 feet, 1.25 inches. While he had the only victory for UC Davis, the Aggies did earn a pair of second-place finishes. Heidelberger had one of them in the 200, finishing runner-up to Obi Osuji by two-hundredths of a second with a time of 21.90. The time was the best by an Aggie this season.

Jah Bennett had the other second-place finish with his runner-up showing in the high jump. Bennett went 6-5.5 as William Barton of San Francisco State finished first at 6-9.

The UC Davis women had three other season-best marks at the meet. Jenny Drady was sixth in the 400 at 1:01.43, Amy Purtle was third in the 400 hurdles at 1:03.50 and Alicia Burton cliipped her previous season best by a hundredth of a second with her sixth-place finish in the 100 hurdles (15.47).

Besides his second-place finish in the 200, Heidelberger had a season-best mark in the 100 where he was seventh in 11.15. Alfred Gibbs had his lowest mark in the 400 this season, finishing third in 49.10, and Cary did the same in the 800 by placing eighth in 1:56.45.

UC Davis women had eight top-five finishes on Saturday while the men had six.

UC Davis will host the Aggie Twilight Track and Field Meet next Saturday at Woody Wilson Track.

SACRAMENTO STATE OPEN
Sacramento, Calif.
Winners and UC Davis results only

WOMEN

100 - 1. Mariama Salifu, UVSU, 12.16... 7. Molly Stinson, 13.29.

200 - 1. Mariama Salifu, UVSU, 25.00.

400 - 1. Veronica Opazo, unat, 57.67... 6. Jenny Drady, 1:01.43.

800 - 1. Krista Ferrara, Nike, 2:06.71.

1,500 - 1. Trina Cox, unat, 4:37.99... 2. Marlene Avita, 4:44.84; 3. Maria Rodriguez, 4:45.68; 5. Carolyn Menard, 4:50.08; 8. Erica Gallego, 5:09.91.

100H - 1. Roshena Duree, CSUS, 15.83.... 6. Alicia Burton, 15.47; 7. Amy Purtle, 15.83; Katie McCanless, DNF.

400H - 1. Alena Cook, SSU, 1:02.68... 3. Amy Purtle, 1:03.50; 5. Melissa Ferguson, 1:04.93; 8. Linda Hannen, 1:06.84.

Steeplechase - 1. Amandalie Olsen, UVSU, 11:37.91.

4x100 - 1. Sacramento State, 47.18.

4x400 - 1. Sonoma State, 4:02.04.

HJ - 1. Cynthia Mallory, Cal, 5-5... T2. Rogers, 5-1.

PV - 1. Rachelle Sabo, Chico, 12-0.

LJ - 1. Candice Mills, unat, 20-3.75... 7. Lauren Titterud, 16-7.25.

TJ - 1. Roshena Duree, CSUS, 38-2.

SP - 1. Sabrina Kirkwood, CSUS, 42-11.75.

DT - 1. Kitty Currier, Stan, 153-4... 10. Taneya Davis, 124-10.

HT - 1. Caltha Seymour, unat, 182-6... 7. Bernadette Purtle, 149-6.

JT - 1. Nicole Lewis, unat, 154-1... 4. Carrie Pon, 99-3; 5. Taneya Davis, 93-6.

MEN

100 - 1. Stanley Wilson, Stan, 10.69... 7. Ryder Heidelberger, 11.15; 10. Roland Chu, 11.20; 18. Michael Butler, 11.60.

200 - 1. Obi Osuji, CSUS, 21.88... 2. Ryder Heidelberger, 21.90; 6. Roland Chu, 22.58; 13. Michael Butler, 23.55.

400 - 1. Brent Sims, CSUS, 48.26... 3. Alfred Gibbs, 49.10.

800 - 1. Evan Fox, Stan, 1:50.51... 8. Justin Cary, 1:56.45.

1,500 - 1. Rob Mitchell, Nike, 3:50.10.

110H - 1. Ben Forbes, unat, 14.68.... 7. Jason Tom, 16.30.

400H - 1. Stig Roberston, UCSU, 51.41.

Steeplechase - 1. David Blue, CSUS, 9:35.46.

4x100 - 1. Sacramento State, 41.55.

4x400 - 1. UVSU - 1. 2:23.54.

HJ - 1. William Barton, SFSU, 6-9... 2. Jah Bennett, 6-5.5.

PV - 1. Mike Comorato, UCD, 16-1.25.

LJ - 1. Brandon Parker, CSUS, 23-8... 4. Michael Butler, 21-2.5; 5. Matt Lesenyie, 20-3.5.

TJ - 1. Peter Francis, Chico, 47-11.25... 4. Matt Lesenyie, 43-9.25.

SP - 1. Rich Harrison, AF, 59-2.75.

DT - 1. Anton Alves, unat, 175-5... Mike Thompson, foul.

HT - 1. Michael Mai, Army, 231-11... 10. MikeThompson, 149-6.

JT - 1. Rob Minnitti, unat, 235-05.