May 6, 2014
IRVINE, Calif. - Record-setting performances during last week's Causeway Dual against Sacramento State led to Big West Track Athlete of the Week awards for UC Davis sprinters Kaio Sena and Ashley Marshall, it was announced by the league on Tuesday afternoon.
Sena, a senior from San Pablo, Calif., earned Big West Men's Track Athlete of the Week honors for the first time after enjoying a career day during the Aggies' win over the Hornets at Hughes Stadium. He opened his afternoon by helping the men's 4x100-meter relay team post a school-record time of 40.27 seconds, beating the previous mark of 40.56 set during the 2001 NCAA Division II Championships. The first-place finish also kick-started a meet which saw UC Davis win all 10 events on the track.
Sena then continued his blazing running by taking the 100-meter dash with a PR of 10.42 seconds which vaulted him to No. 2 on the Aggies' career leaders list. Both the relay and 100 times lead the Big West Conference this season. He finished his afternoon with another PR, finishing fourth in the 200 in 21.51 seconds. That moves him to No. 4 all-time at UC Davis.
Sena was instrumental in helping UC Davis beat Sacramento State 111-81 for the Aggies' first win over the Hornets in their Div. I era.
Marshall, a junior from Moreno Valley, Calif., was named the Big West Women's Track Athlete of the Week for the fourth time this season. Like Sena, Marshall was part of a school-record relay at the start of the meet, running on the Aggies' winning 4x100 which crossed in 23.33 seconds. That smashed the existing record of 45.18 which she was a part of last season.
Marshall then lowered her conference-leading time in the 100, winning with a wind-aided time of 11.22 seconds that pushed her to fourth in the NCAA West Region and seventh nationally. She capped her day by winning the 200 in a wind-aided time of 23.33 seconds which improved her Big West-leading mark.
The Aggie women also beat the Hornets, posting a 114-78 win that completed UC Davis' first-ever Causeway Dual streak.
UC Riverside's Ted Hooper (long jump) was named the Big West Men's Field Athlete of the Week while UC Irvine's Itos Aikhionbare (shot put) was named the women's winner.
The Aggies are currently preparing for the Big West Track and Field Championships on May 16-17 at Woody Wilson Track. The championships will begin with the multi-events this Friday and Saturday before welcoming the full teams next weekend.