April 15, 2014
IRVINE, Calif. - Distance runner Nathan Strum, hurdler Kellie Grigg and thrower Praise Adesida gave UC Davis a formidable awards presences on Tuesday after each earning Big West Track and Field Athlete of the Week honors, it was announced.
The trio earned the honors after strong showings last weekend at meets at Arizona State and Sacramento State.
Strum, a senior from San Jose, was named the men's track winner after winning the mile at the Sun Angel Classic in Tempe, Ariz. The race is seldom run at meets but Strum made the most of his opportunity, crossing the line in 4 minutes, 1.39 seconds.
The time was converted to a 1,500-meter mark of 3:43.51 which currently places atop the Big West Conference rankings and No. 6 and No. 12, respectively, on the regional and national lists. Strum also moved up a spot to No. 3 on UC Davis' all-time list.
Grigg, a senior from Alameda, captured women's track honors after her an impressive sixth-place finish in the "premiere" section of the 400 hurdles at the Sun Angel Classic. She was timed in season-best 59.70 seconds, eclipsing a minute for the third time since the start of last season. Grigg added an 11th-place mark of 14.79 seconds in the 100 hurdles.
Grigg's 400 hurdles time ranks No. 2 in the Big West and No. 20 in the West Region. It's also a top-50 mark nationally.
Adesida, a sophomore from Martinez, brought in the Aggies' final honor but did it closer to home at the Mondo Mid-Major Challenge across the Causeway from the UC Davis campus. She posted a PR in the shot put of 49 feet, 6.25 inches to win the event and move her to No. 2 in the Big West.
She's also ranked No. 30 in the NCAA West Region and improved her No. 2 all-time standing at UC Davis.
Strum's Big West award is the first for the UC Davis men this season while Griggs and Adesida combined to bring the women's total to five.
UC Riverside thrower Caleb Stuart earned the conference's men's track honor.
The Aggies return to competition this weekend at the Mt. SAC Relays.