Feb. 7, 2013
SEATTLE, Wash. - Two weeks after school-record performances, the UC Davis women's indoor track and field team will return to the University of Washington for a pair of meets this weekend against high-caliber competition at Dempsey Indoor.
The Aggies are scheduled to have as many as 16 entrants in the Husky Classic on Friday and Saturday, while 15 athletes are slated to stay in the Seattle area for the UW Open Meet on Sunday. The Husky Classic will feature many top NCAA Div. I competitors from throughout the country while the UW Open will welcome both collegiate, club and unattached athletes.
The Husky Classic is expected to feature six of the top 10 ranked teams on both the men's and women's side. More than 1,300 athletes are entered in the two meets including competitors from top-ranked women's team Kansas as well as No. 4 Arkansas, No. 5 Oregon, No. 7 Florida and the host Huskies, ranked eighth.
UC Davis had an impressive season-opening performance at the UW Indoor Invitational in late January. Melanise Chapman broke her own school record in the 200 when she finished in 24.80 seconds during the meet's first day while Sarah Sumpter set another school mark in the 5,000 later that night in 16:28.21.
Sophomore Ashley Marshall followed on Saturday with a strong showing in the 60-meter dash, advancing to the event's final before finishing fifth in 7.51 seconds. Those performances highlighted several standout performances which altered the program's all-time leaders list.
UC Davis will be looking to duplicate much of that success this weekend. The Aggies will open competition on Friday afternoon with the 200. Chapman and Marshall will be joined by Leslie Reed, Janay Pierce, Kira Rienecker, Cekarri Nixon and Kayla Carter. Danielle Steffen will compete in the pole vault on Friday.
The 60-meter dash, 60-meter hurdles and 4x400 relay will occupy much of the sprint corps on Saturday while Nixon moves onto the 400, Shanie Landen races in the 800 and Raquel Lambdin and Lauren Wallace face top fields in the mile.
UC Davis will continue on Sunday at the UW Open with its team taking part in many of the same events. The competition will round out the indoor portion of the Aggies' track season, excluding any NCAA Championship opportunities.