May 15, 2004
DAVIS, Calif. - Junior Emily Azevedo broke her own school record in the 100-meter hurdles on Saturday evening as UC Davis athletes won nine events at the Aggie Twilight Track and Field Meet at Woody Wilson track.
Azevedo won the hurdles race in 14.27 seconds, breaking the previous school mark of 14.33 she achieved at the Aggie Classic on March 13. She went 14,29 at the California-Nevada State Championnships at San Luis Obispo on April 4 but that mark did not count as a record because it was wind-aided.
Another record was set on Saturday night by Granite Bay High School senior Caitlin Chock, who won the 3,000 in 9:38.63, the fastest time in the country this year by a high school girl. Zoe Nelson of Flathead, Mon., went 9:43.4 at the Arcadia Invitational on April 10 for the previous best. Chock won her race on Saturday evening by more than 25 seconds.
UC Davis, without a conference meet to go to this year because of the program's reclassification from NCAA Division II status to Divison I, used the Aggie Twilight Track and Field Meet to help provide a late-season performance gauge.
UC Davis women earned 13 season-best marks at the home finale while the men had 12.
"We had a great day," said Aggie men's coach Jon Vochatzer. "Even though it wasn't the CCAA (California Collegiate Athletic Association) or Big West Championship, the team really laid it out there."
Women's coach Deanne Vochatzer agreed.
"It shows 'Aggie Pride,' " she said. "We've been working hard all year long so it was nice to send off our seniors with a great night and get some of the younger folks ready for next
UC Davis won four events on the men's side, including a meet-ending victory by Joel Bosserman in the 1,500 invitational. The sophomore from Loomis edged unattached runner Rolf Steir by .14 of a second, winning with a season-best time of 3:51.18.
Senior Steve Laurie had another season-best time for UC Davis, winning the 5,000 in 14:35.09 and leading six UC Davis across the line in the first six places. Justin Hurd (14:35.65), Will Merchad (14:44.18), Chris Ferren-Cirino (14:56.95), Jeff Wilson and Tim Helms came across behind Laurie with Hurd, Merchad and Ferren-Cirino doing so with season-best times.
Besides Azevedo's win, Danielle Green in the 200, Marisha Dixon in the 400, Chelsey mauck in the high jump and Bernadette Purtle in the hammer throw captured victories on Saturday night. Purtle's mark of 158-07 was her top mark this year as was Dixon's time of 58.30 in the 400.
Other highlights for the Aggie women included Erna Forgo's 4:37.96 in the 1,500, the fastest time for UC Davis this year.
UC Davis will send a contingent of athletes to the Pacific Association Championships at Sacramento State at the end of the month.