May 25, 2012
AUSTIN, Texas - Senior Ashley Hearn's school record discus throw of 54.13 meters at the NCAA West Prelim Meet on Friday delivered her a ticket to next month's national championships, sparking the UC Davis men's and women's track and field teams during the second day of competition at the University of Texas.
Hearns throw, which converts to 177 feet, 7 inches, broke her own UC Davis mark of 173-05 set at the 2010 Big West Championships. It advances her to the NCAA Championships in Des Moines, Iowa next month as she joins teammate Sarah Sumpter who qualified in the 10,000-meter run on Thursday night.
"Ashley Hearn advancing to the NCAA Finals proved to be the highlight of the second day," said Aggie coach Drew Wartenburg. "Her early mark held up well and now enables her to finish her collegiate career competing with the best."
Hearn unleashed her winning effort on her second throw of the competition, advancing her to the event's final round where she gained three more attempts. The long throw, however, held up the rest of way, giving her first place in her flight and fifth place overall.
Anna Jelmini of Arizona State won the discus with a mark of 57.49 meters (188-07). The top 12 finishers qualified for the national finals at Drake University.
Two other Aggie women were in action on Friday afternoon. Junior Melanise Chapman, who advanced to the semifinals in the 100-meter dash after a strong effort on Thursday, was not able to move on to Des Moines after placing ninth in her heat in 11.76 seconds.
Chapman, who won that event plus the 200 at the Big West Championships, came back later on Friday to open the 200 competition but was unable to advance to the next round. She was timed in 24.74 seconds, placing 45th overall.
Emily Bush, school record holder in the pole vault, was making her debut in the regional meet but did not clear a height, bringing her memorable season to a close.
Senior Igor Seriba was also in his first regional meet, facing some of the nation's best triple jumpers. He placed second in his flight with a mark of 15.11 meters (49-07.00) and finished 26th. Seriba's jump was just 1.25 inches off his career best.
Arizona State's Chris Benard went a wind-aided 16.73 meters (54-10.75) to place first.
UC Davis will have four competitors in action on Saturday during the meet's final day. Jonathan Peterson (5,000), Ethan Ostrom (pole vault) and Mike Peterson (pole vault) will represent the men while Alycia Cridebring (5,000) will represent the Aggie women.
"Several great chances await Saturday's remaining four competitors as we look to finish the meet strong," Wartenburg said.
NCAA WEST PRELIM
Austin, Texas (hosted by Univ. of Texas)
Mike A. Myers Stadium
Day 2 of 3
UC Davis results only
TJ - 1. Chris Benard, Arizona State, 16.73 (54-10.75)-wa... 26. Igor Seriba, 15.11 (49-07.00).
100 (semifinals) - 1. English Gardner, Oregon, 11.06-wa... 25. Melanise Chapman, 11.76-wa.
200 (first round) - 1. Dominique Duncan, Texas A&M, 22.88-wa... 45. Melanise Chapman, 24.74.
PV - T1. Bethany Buell, South Dakota; Katerina Stefanidi, Stanford; Tina Sutej, Arkansas; Logan Miller, Washington, 4.17 (13-08.25)... Emily Bush, NH.
DT - 1. Anna Jelmini, Arizona State, 57.49 (188-07)... 5. Ashley Hearn, 54.13 (177-07).