May 10, 2013
NORTHRIDGE, Calif. - Sophomore Katie Fry and senior Sarah Sumpter each captured individual titles while sophomore Ashley Marshall broke two of her own school records to highlight UC Davis action on Day 1 of the Big West Conference track and field championships held at Cal State Northridge Track & Field Complex. Sumpter defended her championship in the 10,000 meters, Fry won the 3,000-meter steeplechase, and Marshall surpassed her Aggie benchmarks in the 100- and 200-meter dashes.
Through seven final events, the Aggie women are in third place with a total of 38.5 points. The UC Davis men finished the day in fifth place at 20.5. UC Santa Barbara leads a close team race on the women's side with 50.5 to Hawai'i's 46.5. On the men's side, Cal Poly holds a commanding 82.5-51.0 edge over UCSB. Both scoring totals include the heptathlon and decathlon, which were contested the weekend before.
Sumpter, the defending conference Track Athlete of the Year, won the 10K in 35 minutes, 8.93 seconds for nearly an eight-second margin in front of UC Santa Barbara's Daniella Moreno. This is Sumpter's first competition of this distance since resetting the school record to 33:18.51 at the Payton Jordan Invitational at Stanford earlier this year. She also advanced to the NCAA Championships in the 10K last season. Aggie teammate Shannon Harcus also placed fourth in the event with a 36:30.57.
Fry bested a 10-runner field in the steeplechase with a time of 10:44.54. She crossed almost 16 ticks ahead of Cal Poly's Mary Jo Wright's 11:00.28. UC Davis junior Nicole Aha added fifth-place points with her season-best time of 11:05.55. Fry holds the school record in that event, having posted a 10:16.46 at the Mt. SAC Relays three weeks ago.
Marshall and senior Melanise Chapman won the first and third heats, respectively, to claim the two best times in the women's 100 dash prelims. Marshall broke her own school record with a 11.39, well in front of Cal State Northridge's Hafsatu Kamara with a legal wind reading of plus-1.6 meters per second. Chapman also surpassed her previous best with a time of 11.50, slightly faster than Marshall's previous Aggie benchmark of 11.52.
Marshall struck again less than two hours later in the women's 200 prelims, lopping almost two tenths from her previous UC Davis record with a winning 23.33 in the first heat. Her previous wind-legal best had been a 23.54 set at Arizona State in early April. Chapman and sophomore Cekarri Nixon also moved onto Saturday's final in that event, placing eighth (23.96) and ninth (24.10) among the prelim field, respectively.
Senior Ethan Ostrom and sophomore Thomas Gore-Schreck enjoyed the highest individual finishes among the UC Davis men. Ostrom's pole vault of 5.27 meters, or 17 feet, 3.5 inches, represented a season high and picked up eight second-place points. He cleared 5.17 and 5.27 on the second attempt at each height before missing at 5.37m. Cal Poly's John Prader hit his first attempt at 5.37m (17-7.25) to win that title.
Gore-Schreck also scored the eight runner-up points, finishing comfortably between champion Derek Masterson of UC Santa Barbara and third-place Kody Robison of Long Beach State. Gore-Shreck fired the javelin 60.64 meters, or 198-11, to place second in his specialty. This marks the third time he has broken the 60-meter barrier in a meet in 2013: he went 60.06 in the Aggie Open in early March, then a PR 61.48 at the Causeway Classic dual two weeks ago.
"Finishing day one with close to 40 points, spurred by two individual wins and two school records, is a great way to start the championship weekend," said head coach Drew Wartenburg. "A pair of runner-up performances on the men's side provided some good early spark for them.
"Coming into this meet we knew we would leave some points on the table and wouldn't qualify everyone through to the second day, but we remain excited by the number of women that we pushed through to finals. The ability to contest for titles and points in a full slate of events allows us to take a measured and balanced approach. We have stressed the need to execute with some efficiency and poise tomorrow and look forward to seeing the results of plain and simple competitive efforts."
Sophomore Raquel Lambdin led all runners in the women's 1,500 preliminaries with her time of 4:35.33, then edged Long Beach State's Meghan Foley in the first heat of the 800 prelims at 2:12.44. In doing the latter, she took part in an Aggie sweep of the top three seeds for Saturday's 800 final: senior Lauren Wallace won the second heat with a 2:09.52 while junior Shanie Landen crossed a second behind her at 2:10.48. Not surprisingly, the trio of Wallace, Lambdin and Landen hold the top three marks in school history in that respective order.
Other men's highlights include junior Trevor Ehlenbach, who finished second in his 800 prelim heat with a 1:52.39. He placed third overall among the 12-runner field heading into Saturday's finals. Among the Aggie women, junior Kellie Grigg (60.24) and senior Kayla Carter (60.69) each posted PRs to snare the top two places in the first heat of the 400 hurdles prelim. They trailed only UC Santa Barbara's Amanda Rodriguez 59.95 among the 17 finishers in Friday's session.
The Big West Conference track & field championships conclude on Saturday, starting with the men's hammer throw at 9 a.m. UC Davis is the defending champion on the women's side.
2013 BIG WEST CONFERENCE TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIPS, DAY 1
Hosted by Cal State Northridge.
Winners plus UC Davis competitors are listed.
WOMEN'S TEAM SCORES - 1. UC Santa Barbara, 50.5; 2. Hawai'i, 46.5; 3. UC Davis, 38.5; 4. Cal Poly, 35; 5. Cal State Northridge, 32; 6. Long Beach State, 31; 7. UC Riverside, 23.5; 8. UC Irvine, 11; 9. Cal State Fullerton, 5.
MEN'S TEAM SCORES - 1. Cal Poly, 82.5; 2. UC Santa Barbara, 51.0; 3. Long Beach State, 49.5; 4. Cal State Northridge, 25; 5. UC Davis, 20.5; 6. UC Riverside, 18; 7. Cal State Fullerton, 13.5; 8. UC Irvine, 13.
MEN'S DISCUS FINAL - 1. Jacob Fraser, LBSU, 54.54m (178-11)... 6. Matthew Bender, 49.58m (162-8).
WOMEN'S LONG JUMP FINAL - 1. Phoenisha Schuhmeier, UCR, 5.99m (19-8 w: +1.2)... 7. Diamonne Mitchell, 5.69m (18-8.0 w: +1.0)
MEN'S 3,000 STEEPLECHASE FINAL - 1. Nick Woolf, Cal Poly, 9:01.33.
MEN'S 110 HURDLES PRELIMS - 1. Devin Hickey, LBSU, 14.22 (w: +0.1).
MEN'S LONG JUMP FINAL - 1. Ted Hooper, UCR, 7.82m (25-8.0 w: +0.6).
MEN'S JAVELIN FINAL- 1. Derek Masterson, UCSB, 66.54m (218-4)... 2. Thomas Gore-Schreck, 60.64m (198-11).
MEN'S 100 PRELIMS - 1. Carl Horsley, CSUN, 10.46 (w: +0.9)... 10. Kaio Sena, 10.78 (w: +0.9).
MEN'S 800 PRELIMS - 1. John Guerrero, Cal Poly, 1:52.37... 3. Trevor Ehlenbach, 1:52.39.
MEN'S 400 HURDLES PRELIMS - 1. David Namnath, Cal Poly, 52.24.
MEN'S 10,000 FINAL - 1. Chris Frias, Cal Poly, 30:46.27.