Feb. 10, 2012
SEATTLE, Wash.- The UC Davis women's indoor track and field team returns to the Pacific Northwest this weekend, facing another round of elite competition with the Flotrack Husky Classic hosted by the University of Washington at Dempsey Indoor.
The Aggies, who set three school records and had eight marks overall impact the program's all-time list when they were at Washington in late January, will take 16 members to the meet who will compete in 25 individual events and two relays. Competition for UC Davis begins on Friday afternoon with the 200-meter dash - six Aggies are entered - and continues with the distance medley later.
UC Davis will be scattered throughout both track events and field events on Saturday as it looks to continue its season's progress.
"The Husky Invite always provides great competitive opportunities as teams from across the nation look to put up good marks in mid-February," said Aggie coach Drew Wartenburg. "With the depth of fields entered we'll have great looks at high-level competitors both on the track and in the field and will look to have our women rise to the occasion."
Freshman Ashley Marshall returns to the 60-meter event on Saturday after debuting with a school record (7.74) at the UW Invitational two weeks ago. Veteran Melanise Chapman, tied for second all-time (7.81) will also run in the event with the pair joining Janay Pierce, Kayla Carter, Tonie Williams, and Sarah Griffithin the 200 on Friday.
Griffith, Lauren Wallace, Katie Fry and Williams will comprise the Aggies' quartet for the distance medley on Friday while Chapman, Williams, Leslie Reedand Wallace will make up the 4x400 relay that races on Saturday.
Wallace was among three UC Davis competitors who had school records last time out. Her time of 2:08.58 in the 800 broke the 16-year-old school set by Suzy Jones at the 1996 NCAA Division II Championships. Emily Bush added the final Aggie record at the UW Invitational, clearing 3.82 meters (12 feet, 6.25 inches) in the pole vault to break Tessa Fraser's2010 mark of 3.76 (12-4).
Lauren Radkealso had a strong effort in the event, finishing at 3.67 (12-0.5), fifth all-time at UC Davis.
Wartenburg said the two-day meet provides consistent training and competition for UC Davis.
"In addition to taking up a number of athletes that performed well two weeks ago, we are also taking a larger mid-distance and distance group for this meet," he said. "The chance run 200 heats and a DMR on Friday before bringing athletes back on Saturday gives us a chance to keep the workload up while still producing good mid-winter results.
Chapman and Williams are scheduled for two events on the track, Griffith, Wallace and Carter are in three each, and Pierce, Marshall and Fry are in two. Senior Ashley Hearn and Veronica Smart will both help anchor the field corps, competing in both the weight throw and shot put.