May 25, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas - Senior Ethan Ostromtied his school record in the pole vault and the women's 4x400 relay lowered its UC Davis record set just two weeks ago as the Aggies finished competition at the NCAA Division I Track and Field West Region Prelim Meet at the University of Texas on Saturday night.
Both Ostrom and the relay came very close to qualifying for the national meet. Despite the standout efforts in those two events and in others Saturday, no Aggies were able to qualify for the NCAA Championships early next month in Eugene, Ore. UC Davis, however, qualified three for the national finals from Friday's competition.
"The closing day of the meet was characterized by some efforts that fell just outside what we needed and were hoping for in order to advance additional athletes to Eugene," said head coach Drew Wartenburg. "The qualifying round brings both great opportunity and expectation, and those elements blend to create a challenging three days of competition.
"Reaching this round of the postseason is gradually becoming the norm in our program, and the staff remains proud of all the athletes that represented UC Davis here this week," he added.
Ostrom, who cleared 17 feet, 6.5 inches to tie the UC Davis record he shares with Tony Moore, came close to advancing to nationals. His mark put him in a four-way tie for the 12th and final qualifying spot but he was eliminated due to misses and finished 15th in the final standings.
Ostrom passed on the first two heights before going over the bar at 17-0.75 on his third attempt. He cleared 17-4.5 on his second try and then tied the school record on his third attempt at that height. He missed all three tries at 17-08.50.
Fellow Aggie Mike Peterson also concluded his season in the event on Saturday, finishing in a tie for 41st at 16-0.75. Ostrom and Peterson were the only two UC Davis men to qualify for the regional meet.
The women's long relay went up against some of the best collegiate teams and turned in another outstanding effort, finishing fifth in the opening heat in 3 minutes, 37.56 seconds. That broke the school record of 3:37.89 set while winning the Big West title on May 11. Cekarri Nixon, Tonie Williams, Shanie Landen and Lauren Wallacecomprised the Aggies' relay on Saturday.
"Finishing the meet with a relay team in the final event of the competition was a great way to end on a true team note, and to power the school record while finishing one spot from advancing should provide both validation and motivation for bigger and better things to come," Wartenburg said.
UC Davis placed 13th overall, finishing just one spot out of qualifying for the national meet. The Aggies placed of programs such as UCLA, Colorado, San Diego State and Nebraska.
The Aggies had three other competitors in action on Saturday looking to advance to the national meet. Ashley Marshall, who qualifed in the 100 on Friday, was looking to add the 200 to her program after moving on from Friday's prelims to Saturday's quarterfinals. She finished 19th in 23.95.
Alycia Cridebring, who set the conference record in the 5,000 earlier this season, finished 14th on Saturday in 17:03.49. Raquel Lambdin, the Big West champion in the 1,500, also had her impressive season come to a close, finishing 16th in the quarterfinals in 4:24.25.
UC Davis will now turn its attention to the NCAA Championships on June 5-8. Marshall (100), Wallace (800) and Katie Fry(steeplechase) will represent the Aggies on collegiate track and field's biggest stage.
NCAA WEST REGION PRELIMINARY ROUND
Austin, Texas (hosted by Univ. of Texas)
Day 3 of 3
UC Davis results only
200 (quarterfinals) - 1. Kamaria Brown, Texas A&M, 22.73... 19. Ashley Marshall, 23.95.
1500 (quarterfinals) - 1. Natalja Piliusina, Oklahoma State, 4:13.73... 16. Raquel Lambdin, 4:24.25.
5,000 (quarterfinals) - 1. Megan Goethals, Washington, 15:55.91... 35.>Alycia Cridebring, 17:03.49.
4x400 (quarterfinals) - 1. Arkansas, 3:28.92 ....13. UC Davis Cekarri Nixon, Tonie Williams, Shanie Landen, Lauren Wallace), 3:37.56.