April 24, 2014
BERKELEY, Calif. - UC Davis will return to the Bay Area on Friday and Saturday for the second time since early April as the Aggie track and field teams visit Cal for the Brutus Hamilton Open and Challenge meets at Edwards Stadium.
The meets will welcome four-year schools as well as club and unattached competitors. Most of Friday's competition will be non-scoring while Saturday's "Challenge" portion will include a scoring meet between Cal, Utah State, Oklahoma and New Mexico.
For the Aggies, the weekend's visit to Berkeley provides another opportunity to continue getting ready for the all-important Big West Championships which are scheduled for UC Davis in May. The Aggies were at Stanford and San Francisco State on Apr. 4-5 before traveling to meets at Arizona State and Mt. SAC the past two weekends.
UC Davis has 60 entries in Friday's open meet and 36 more during Saturday's competition which will essentially serve as an invitational. Friday's events start with the women's hammer throw at 8:30 with the bulk of the field events program starting at 11 a.m. Races on the track will commence at 12:30 p.m. with the 4x100-meter relays and continue through the men's 5,000 at 5:20 p.m. Saturday's meet starts at 10 a.m. on the field and 12:40 p.m. on the track and runs through the men's 4x400 relay at 4:30.
The NCAA West Region Prelim Meet is just over a month away with the top 48 athletes in all individual events qualifying for the first step to the national finals. The Aggie women currently have 20 marks that are in the top 48 while the men have four in the top 50.
Ashley Marshall has the highest individual ranking for the women, currently sitting ninth with her wind-aided time of 11.32 seconds in the 100-meter dash from the Bobcat Invitational in Texas. Raquel Lambdin, the Big West Women's Track Athlete of the Week after winning the university/open 800-meter run at Mt. SAC last week in a PR of 2:06.47, is currently 12th in that event.
Karl Moran leads the men with a No. 22 ranking in the 400 hurdles (51.95) and Brandon Greenberg who is 31st in the shot put (56 feet, 10 inches).
Closer to home in the Big West, the women are leading the conference in six events and have 16 marks that are either first or second. The men have 17 in the top five including No. 1 rankings by the 4x100 relay (40.82) and Maurice Spikes in the high jump (6-8.75).