Postseason track begins with Big West multis

May 4, 2017


Live Results (Sac State Open) | Live Results (Big West Multis)

DAVIS, Calif. - In terms of numbers, UC Davis track & field enters a relatively light weekend on the schedule. A small crew of student-athletes will compete at the nearby Sacramento State Open, with an even smaller group heading down to Fullerton. However, don't let the quantity fool you -- that six-person contingent kicks off the first postseason meet of the year, namely the Big West Conference Multi Championships.


Three Aggie men and three Aggie women will vie for points in the decathlon and heptathlon, respectively. On the men's side, sophomores Kyle Clancy, Drake Foote and Tommy Grossman face a field of 17 in the dec. In the hep, sophomore Erinn Beattie, freshman Baileigh Akins and senior Emma Redick also take part in a field of 17.


Of the six, only Clancy and Beattie competed at the 2016 edition of the championships. Clancy scored 6,779 points to finish seventh in the decathlon last year, while Beattie tallied 4,629 to place sixth. Clancy's total ranks eighth in school history and tops in the program's Division I era. Beattie's total was sixth at the time, but the 4,989 she compiled at the Chico event this year moved her up to No. 2 in the Aggie record book and fifth among this year's Big West leaders.


The Ventura, California, standout has her eyes on Anikia Jackson's school record of 5,125, set the 2010 Big West meet, and for good reason. Her PRs in the seven events -- which includes the former high jump school record of 1.76 meters (5-9.25) and her 2017 Causeway long jump of 5.73m (18-9.75) -- would add up to 5,159.


Clancy has come back from offseason injury, so most of his PR marks took place as a freshman. However, matching those numbers would push him past the 7,000-point barrier. Only four Aggies in school history have broken that threshold, and none since Matt Chisam scored 7,189 at the 2003 NCAA Division II meet. Foote and Grossman each has one full dec under his belt. Foote, who redshirted the 2016 season, scored a team season-high 6,143 at the 2015 Chico Multi Classic. Grossman was the lone Aggie entry at the 2017 edition, where he scored 6,280 points.


Redick may be the most intriguing entry of the six. The Santa Barbara, California, product and Dos Pueblos High alum is best known for the hurdles, having qualified for the NCAA West Prelim in the 400 in each of the last two years. She ranks third in school history in that event (59.17) and t10th all-time in the 200 (24.53), while her 100 hurdles best of 14.53 just misses the UC Davis top 10 list. Those times in the 200 and short hurdles would score 930 and 905 points, respectively.


Similarly, Akins has largely stuck to the hurdles in her rookie Aggie season. Her 14.54 in the 100 hurdles would give her a 903-point kick start to the meet. Unlike Redick, Akins has taken part in a field event in 2017, with an appearance in the long jump (5.24m/17-2.25) at the Aggie Open.


Meanwhile, a baker's dozen of Aggies are entered in the Sacramento Open, most notably the 4x100 relay of Jazmen Bunch, Natsumi McGee, Kierra Davis and Mikaela Adolphus. That group already hit a 45.42 at the Causeway Classic Dual, good for fifth in the school record book. Adolphus, the third-fastest quarter-miler in school history, also entered the 400.


Live results for the Sac State Open are available via Red Cap Timing. The Big West Multis are handled by Finished Results. Links are above.
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