Edwards' fourth at Big West Multis nets Aggie points

Murphy Nicholson competes during Friday's opening 100-hurdles race.
May 9, 2015

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Results: Big West Multi Championships | Sacramento State Open 
              USF West Coast Last Chance Meet

RIVERSIDE, Calif. - Tori Edwards won the heptathlon's concluding event, the 800-meter run, on her way to a career-best score and a fourth-place finish Saturday at the Big West Multi-Event Championships at UC Riverside while netting the Aggies' early points ahead of next week's full meet.

Edwards scored 4,767 points while moving from sixth place after the first day to fourth at the end. The finish gave the three-time Big West champion UC Davis women's team five points going into the full track and field championship meet which will also be at UC Riverside.

Senior Murphy Nicholson also reached a career-high total, tallying 4,254 points to finish 10th. Edwards' PR improved on her fourth-place spot on the Aggies' all-time list while Nicholson climbed past three people into sixth.

Decathlete Hawk Hammer, battling through an ankle injury, persisted to finish the grueling 10-event schedule and finished 13th with 4,510 points.

Edwards was eighth in the long jump (16 feet, 10.75 inches) and fifth in the javelin (108-09) before racing to a four-second victory in the 800 in 2 minutes, 19.67 seconds. The impressive finished netted her 828 points and helped give her a strong finish. Nicholson, who took seventh in the long jump (17-0) and eighth in the javelin (92-6) also had a great finish to the championship, coming in fifth in the 800 with a time of 2:26.94.

"Today was a hard competition day," said UC Davis multi-event coach Marshall Ackley. "Tori improved from sixth to fourth place and gained some much needed points for our women's team. Murphy was 120 points out of seventh place for a hard-fought battle.

"Both Tori and Murphy had PR performances and many individual personal-bests," he added. "We competed hard and gained points going into next weekend's meet. We have some work to do but finished a season for Tori and a career for Murphy."

Hammer was limited throughout the meet but fought hard to post a pair of top-10 finishes in the discus and javelin. He went 109-02 for sixth place in the discus to score 529 points and then was ninth in the javelin with a mark of 153-1, giving him 539 points.

Ackley was impressed with Hammer's determination against some of the best athletes in the conference.

"Hawk competed with heart," he said. "His ankle was painful but he made it through all 10 events and finished 13th. He started and finished every event the best he could and is a very mentally strong athlete."

Overall, Ackley was pleased with the Aggies' performances.

"The athletes made me very proud today to be a part of UC Davis and to see our athletes compete with heart and not just talent," he said. "It will be hard to lose a senior like Murphy Nicholson and we have some shoes to fill. Next week is the final test for our conference teams and it's an open race to the finish."

Olympia Jewett of CSUN scored 4,981 to lead a 1-2-3 finish in the heptathlon for the Matadors while Darion Williams of UC Santa Barbara tallied 6,844 to win the decathlon.

UC Davis also made late entry into a pair of other meets this weekend, sending competitors to both the Sacramento State Open and the USF West Coast Last Chance Meet in the Bay Area on Saturday. Marcus Johnson went 10.95 in the 100 and 21.95 in the 200 to help lead efforts across the Causeway while Josh Bernd had a ninth-place showing in the 800 at USF.

The Big West Championships will be held next Friday and Saturday at UC Riverside.

BIG WEST MULTI-EVENT CHAMPIONSHIPS
Riverside, Calif. (hosted by UC Riverside)
Day 2 of 2
UC Davis results

WOMEN
    HEPTATHLON (final) - 1. Olympia Jewett, CSN, 4,981 pts... 4. Tori Edwards, 4,767 pts. (100H - 15.52, 774 pts; HJ - 1.55m (5-01.00), 678 pts; SP - 10.49m (34-05.00), 562 pts; 200 - 26.70); LJ - 5.15m (16-10.75), 601 pts; JT - 33.15m (108-09), 536 pts; 800 - 2:19.67, 828 pts); 10. Murphy Nicholson, 4,254 pts, (100H - 15.82, 736 pts; HJ - 1.46m (4-09.50), 577 pts; SP - 9.04m (29-08.00), 467 pts; 200 - 27.27, 690 pts; LJ - 5.18m (17-00.00), 609 pts; JT - 28.20m (92-06); 800 - 2:26.94).

MEN
    DECATHLON (final) - 1. Darion Williams, UCSB, 6,844 pts... 13. Hawk Hammer, 4,510 pts. (100 - 12.00, 651 pts; LJ - 5.39 (17-08.25), 459 pts; SP - 11.24m (36-10.50), 560 pts; HJ - 1.64m (5-04.50), 496 pts); 400 - 59.28; 110HH - 18.08, 484 pts; DT - 33.27m (109-02), 529 pts; PV - NH; JT - 46.67m (153-01), 539 pts; 1500 - 5:46.52, 322 pts).

SACRAMENTO STATE OPEN    
Sacramento, Calif. (hosted by Sac State)
UC Davis results

WOMEN
    100 - 1. Jasmine Woods, Portland State, 11.69... 11. Therica McCord, 12.83.
    200 - 1. Jasmine Woods, Portland State, 23.92... 10. Therica McCord, 26.10.

MEN
    100 - 1. Rubin Williams, Heritage Elite, 10.46... 10. Marcus Johnson, 10.79; 19. Corey Hobbs, 11.25; 21. Hosea Tate, 11.42.
    200 - 1. Rubin Williams, Heritage Elite, 20.69... 5. Marcus Johnson, 21.95 (wa); 9. Corey Hobbs, 22.16 (wa); 10. Hosea Tate, 22.16 (wa).
    400H - 1. Kark Moran, Sheffield Elite, 52.39... 7. Jelani Legohn, 54.93.

USF WEST COAST LAST CHANCE MEET
San Francisco, Calif. (hosted by San Francisco)
UC Davis results

MEN
    800 - 1. Scott Buttinger, Stanford, 1:51.17... 9. Josh Bernd, 1:56.53; 16. Oliver Abudenz-Dominguez, 2:02.25; 17. Patrick Fitzgerald, 2:02.25.
    1500 - 1. Geoff Martinson, Pih, 3:47.49... 17. Patrick Fitzgerald, 4:04.33.
    5000 - 1. Nick Grubiss, Chico State, 14:10.92... 40. Ryan Dimick, 16:20.76.

WOMEN
    5000 - 1. Jana Soethout, San Francisco, 16:40.18... 17. Olivia Goins, 18:40.04.