May 11, 2012
IRVINE, Calif. - Sarah Sumpter's win led a 1-2-3 Aggie sweep in the 10,000-meter run, Lauren Radke won the pole vault and Ashley Hearn captured her second discus title as the UC Davis women grabbed second place after the opening day of the Big West Track and Field Championships at UC Irvine.
The women scored 53 points on Friday through the first seven finals and are in second place behind UC Santa Barbara which has 73. Long Beach State is third followed with 51 points and is followed by UC Riverside which has 32.
Brandon Greenberg had a career-best mark of 17.16 meters (56 feet, 3.75 inches) and scored three points for the Aggie men who are seventh after the first day with four points overall. UCSB has 105 points to lead the competition.
Besides its three titles, the women's team had several early highlights including a school-record tying performance in the 100 from junior Melanise Chapman who had the meet's fastest preliminary times in that event and also the 200. Alycia Cridebring posted the fastest 1,500 qualifying time, Katie Fry was second-best in the 800 and UC Davis had 10 individuals advance to finals on Saturday altogether.
Sumpter - who finished more than a minute ahead of the rest of the field - led a dominating UC Davis performance in the 10K, setting a meet record of 34 minutes, 34.03 seconds. That was 16 seconds faster than UCSB's Danielle Domenichelli (34:50.29) who set the previous mark in 2010.
Sumpter's win provided 10 points for the Aggies who picked up eight more from Krista Drechsler who was second in 35:36.19. Shannon Harcus was third for six more points while Hilary Teaford added three with her sixth-place finish. All four UC Davis runners in the race scored points.
Hearn, who won the Big West discus title in 2010, captured it again on Friday after unleashing her winning throw on her second-to-last attempt. That overtook Irene Kujore of UCSB who held the lead at 49.98 meters.
Radke went 3.82 meters (12-06.25) in the pole vault, tying Kayla Kamaka of Long Beach State for the best mark of the day, but Radke earned the conference title due to fewer overall misses.
The Aggies earned their final six points from steeplechaser Samanthan Kearney who was fourth and from Nicole Aha who placed sixth.
The three titles highlighted a strong opening day from the UC Davis women who also saw Chapman excel in the sprints. She easily won her heat, posting a time of 11.67 which tied her school mark set last season. She came back later to go 24.26 in the 200, the fastest time in that prelim.
The Aggies also received a strong showing from its 400-meter group which sent three competitors into the final. Cekarri Nixon (55.04) and Tonie Williams (55.62) led the way, moving to No. 3 and No. 4, respectively, on the program's career leaders list. Sarah Griffith (56.33) also moved on.
Cridebring edged Damajeri Dubose of UC Riverside in her 1,500 heat, crossing in 4:32.38 and earning Saturday's top seed. Dubose was close behind in 4:32.47. Raquel Lambdin won her heat in 4:38.81, giving the Aggies another spot in the final.
Fry, who went 2:10.96 in the 800, also moved on as did Ashley Marshall whose time of 12.04 in the 100 ties her for fifth all-time at UC Davis. Kayla Carter (100H) and Kellie Grigg (400H) also advanced. Grigg's time of 1:00.75 jumped her to No. 4 on the all-time list.
"Three event wins and 24 points in the day's final event give the women some outstanding momentum for Saturday," said head coach Drew Wartenburg. "With women slated to compete in every final tomorrow we aim to finish this meet strong and make a push for a podium finish as a team."
Greenberg had the men's best finish on Friday, putting together a career-best effort in the shot put. He saved his best throw for last, going 17.16 meters (56-03.75) to finish sixth while also moving him up one spot to No. 6 all-time at UC Davis.
Robert Neely picked up the other point for the men's team, finishing eighth in the long jump at 7.03 meters (23-00.75).
The Aggies advanced three competitors to finals on Saturday. Jason Chandler was fourth in the 400 (48.60), Nathan Strum was fifth in the 800 (1:51.86) and Trevor Ehlenbach was ninth (1:53.06), also in the 800.
"The conference championship is a great to time to reach deep for special performances and there are men and women poised to produce such efforts throughout the second day," Wartenburg said.
Besides finals in all track events that had prelims on Friday, finals on the men's side will be contested in the 1,500, javelin, triple jump, pole vault and discus. The women will have track finals plus the hammer throw, shot put, high jump and triple jump.
BIG WEST CHAMPIONSHIPS
Irvine, Calif. (hosted by UC Irvine)
Day 1 of 2
100 (prelims) - 1. Melanise Chapman, UC Davis, 11.67... 6. Ashley Marshall, 12.04; 13. Leslie Ree, 12.36; 18. Janay Pierce, 12.52.
200 (prelims) - 1. Melanise Chapman, UC Davis, 24.26... 9. Cekarri Nixon, 24.89; 15. Tonie Williams, 25.13; 18. Leslie Reed, 25.29; 21. Janay Pierce, 25.70; 22. Alana Babers, 25.77.
400 (prelims) - 1. Jackie Harrison, Cal State Northridge, 53.86... 4. Cekarri Nixon, 55.04; 5. Tonie Williams, 55.62; 7. Sarah Griffith, 56.33; 10. Alana Babers, 56.83.
800 (prelims) - 1. Justine Diaz, UC Santa Barbara, 2:09.75... 2. Katie Fry, 2:10.96; 9. Melinda Zavala, 2:12.81.
10,000 (final) - 1. Sarah Sumpter, UC Davis, 34:34.03... 2. Krista Drechsler, 35:36.19; 3. Shannon Harcus, 36:19.05; 6. Hilary Teaford, 36:49.04.
1500 (prelims) - 1. Alycia Cridebring, UC Davis, 4:32.38... 2. Raquel Lambdin, 4:38.81.
100H (prelims) - 1. Shakina Phillips, Long Beach State, 13.52... 7. Kayla Carter, 14.21.
400H (prelims) - 1. Ericka Nowell, UC Irvine, 59.14... 4. Kellie Grigg, 1:00.75; 13. Kayla Carter, 1:04.50.
Steeplechase (final) - 1. Jessica Barnard, Long Beach St., 10:22.90... 4. Samantha Kearney, 10:45.83; 8. Nicole Aha, 11:00.76; 10. Courtney Crosta, 11:23.77.
LJ (final) - 1. Whitney Sisler, Cal Poly, 5.96 (19-06.75)... 10. Karl Gipson, 5.47 (17-11.50); 11. Diamonne Mitchell, 5.43 (17-09.75).
PV (final) - 1. Lauren Radke, UC Davis, 3.82 (12-06.25)... Emily Bush, NH.
DT (final) - 1. Ashley Hearn, 52.05 (170-09).
JT (final) - 1. Ashley Gatewood, UC Riverside, 48.53 (159-03).
100 (prelims) - 1. Kemar Marsden, Cal State Northridge, 10.59... 15. Corey Hobbs, 10.96; 22. Kaio Sena, 11.18.
200 (prelims) - 1. Kemar Marsden, Cal State Northridge, 21.45... 9. Corey Hobbs, 22.05; 10. Gavin Banks, 22.14; 11. Kaio Sena, 22.32; 14. Hosea Tate, 22.48.
400 (prelims) - 1. Jahmani Lockett, Long Beach State, 47.93... 4. Jason Chandler, 48.60; 11. Everado Villalobos, 50.05; 12. Hosea Tate, 50.26.
800 (prelims) - 1. Charles Jock, UC Irvine, 1:50.80... 5. Nathan Strum, 1:51.86; 9. Trevor Ehlenbach, 1:53.06. v10,000 (final) - 1. Chad Hall, UC Riverside, 31:32.81... 12. Grayson Hough, 32:17.03; 17. Axel Stanovsky, 32:41.37.
110HH (prelims) - 1. Jacob Yowell, UC Irvine, 13.96... 9. Robert Neely, 14.71.
400H (prelims) - 1. Eric Surprenant, Cal Poly, 52.00... 10. Karl Moran, 53.70.
Steeplechase (final) - 1. Anthony Masci, UC Santa Barbara, 9:02.23.
LJ (final) - 1. Ted Hooper, UC Riverside, 7.53 (24-08.50)... 8. Robert Neely, 7.03 (23-00.75); 11. Will Guthrie, 6.77 (22-02.50); Sava Boyadjiev, foul.
HJ (final)- 1. Mitchell Haag, UC Santa Barbara, 2.17 (7-01.50).
SP (final) - 1. Travis Smith, UC Riverside, 18.22 (59-09.50)... 6. Brandon Greenberg, 17.16 (56-03.75).
HT (final) - 1. Caleb Stuart, UC Riverside, 61.99 (203-04).