March 8, 2013
DAVIS, Calif. - UC Davis will make its home track and field debut on Saturday when the Aggies welcome several hundred collegiate and open competitors for the annual Aggie Open at Woody Wilson Track.
The meet, the first of two home competitions for UC Davis this season, begins on Friday with the hammer throw and javelin events with the bulk of the events taking place on Saturday. Field events start with the women's long jump at 9 a.m. and continue through the men's triple jump at 3 p.m.
Running events start Saturday with the second sections of the 3,000-meter races and continue throughout the day, ending with the always exciting 4x400 relays at 4:35 p.m.
The meet is the second of the spring season for UC Davis which was at the Stanford Opener last weekend. The Aggies enjoyed several outstanding performances, including wins by sophomores Katie Fry (1,500) and Veronica Smart (shot put, hammer throw) which resulted in Big West Track and Field Athletes of the Week honors, respectively.
Aggie head coach Drew Wartenburg is excited for this weekend's meet and the opportunity to showcase a larger segment of his team.
"We talked about in our team meeting about always wanting to compete well and represent well at our home meets," he said. "We're looking forward to opening up a lot of our folks that didn't go over to Stanford - both veterans and freshman - and see if we can't put some up more good early season marks."
After a solid showing in the Bay Area, Wartenburg said the Aggies will try to build momentum, including trying to capitalize on excitement from Thursday's men's basketball thriller against Long Beach State.
"We're going to see if we can bottle some of the excitement from last night's basketball game and take that into Friday and Saturday as well," he said.