March 12, 2013
IRVINE, Calif. - UC Davis' Alycia Cridebring, whose time of 16 minutes, 30.85 seconds in the 5,000-meter run at last week's Aggie Open currently leads NCAA Division I, was named the Big West Female Track Athlete of the Week on Tuesday, joining teammate thrower Praise Adesida who claimed Field Athlete of the Week accolades, it was announced.
It marked the second straight week that UC Davis has swept the awards.
Cridebring, a junior from Pleasant Hill, was victorious in the 5K during Saturday's home opener for UC Davis. She led a 1-2-3 Aggie finish in the distance race. Her time, less than a second off her PR set last year, is tops in the country during the early part of the outdoor season.
Adesida, a freshman from Martinez, made the most of her home debut, winning both the shot put and discus at the Aggie Open. Her mark of 44 feet, 11 inches in the shot put jumped her to No. 7 on UC Davis' career leaders' list while her discus throw - measured at 146-4 - puts her No. 8 on that list.
Adesida ranks 13th nationally in the shot put and 14th in the discus.
Cal Poly distance runner Chris Frias and Long Beach State thower Christopher Yates won track and field honors, respectively, on the men's side.
UC Davis returns to action on Satuday when they travel across the Causeway for the Sacramento State Hornet Invitational.