Aggies abound at USATF Outdoor Championship

Senior Rianna Goins, shown here at the Big West Conference championships, was the lone competitor wearing the UC Davis name at the USATF Outdoor Championships. (Dean Ryan)
Updated June 26, 2017

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - A total of six current or former UC Davis student-athletes competed at the USA Track & Field Outdoor Championships, with five in action during Thursday's Day 1 action. The national meet takes place at Sacramento State's Hornet Stadium through Sunday.

Rianna Goins was the only Aggie running under the UC Davis affiliation. The senior human development student from Anaheim Hills finished sixth in the first heat of the women's 800 meters with a time of two minutes, 13.47 seconds. This wraps up an outstanding collegiate career for Goins, who won back-to-back Big West Conference championships plus a 2017 first-team All-America nod in the 800. Also a USATF indoor qualifier, she finishes up as the program's all-time No. 2 runner in the 800 at 2:03.86.

Sprinter Melanise Chapman finished seventh in the third heat and 27th overall in the women's 100-meter dash at 11.40. The 2012 Big West double champion from Lancaster, California, ranks No. 2 in UC Davis history in that event. She also holds the school's No. 6 mark in the 200, plus three top-five marks in Aggie indoor history.

Erika Barr, a 2016 graduate and the school's No. 2 steeplechaser in history, finished 25th in that event on Thursday at 10:42.53. Like Goins, Barr was a back-to-back Big West champ, claiming such titles in 2015 and 2016. The exercise biology graduate from Simi Valley, California, earned second-team All-America accolades in her final collegiate season. Barr now runs for Sacramento Running Association Elite.

Kaitlin Gregg Goodman, a 2010 international relations/economics grad; and Kim Conley, a 2009 graduate in exercise biology, competed in the final women's event on Thursday's slate, the 10,000-meter run. Goodman, now running for rabbit/Strava Track Club, crossed the finish line in 15th place at 33:55.86, although she rallied to 10th near the midpoint of the race. Despite holding sixth place for most of the early going, Conley withdrew from the race at the 6K mark, opting to save her energy for Friday's 5,000-meter final. Goodman earned the 2010 W.P. Lindley Award as the university's outstanding scholar-athlete, while Conley was still a UC Davis assistant coach when she qualified for the first of her two Olympic Games back in 2012.

Conley, now a New Balance pro, joined 2014 alumna and three-time Big West champ Alycia Cridebring in Friday's 5K final. Conley stayed with the front group for the first half of the race before several runners - including eventual champion Shelby Houlihan - moved her to the second group at the midway point. The two-time Olympian finished 13th at 15:36.82, two places ahead of Cridebring (15:47.40). Cridebring, who holds the UC Davis 5K record, is sponsored by rabbit and runs for SRA Elite with Barr.

The 2017 USATF Outdoor Championship, which helps determine advancement to the IAAF World Championships in London, continues a tradition of national track meets in Sacramento. Two U.S. Olympic Trials (2000 and 2004), four NCAA Div. I Championships (2003, 2005, 2006 and 2007), and five USATF Outdoor Championships (1968, 1981, 1995, 2014 and 2017) have taken place in California's capital city.

Hornet Stadium (Sacramento, Calif.)
Winners plus UC Davis entrants/alumni are listed.

WOMEN'S 800 METERS FIRST ROUND - 1. Brenda Martinez, New Balance, 2:02.31... 29. Rianna Goins, UC Davis, 2:13.47.

WOMEN'S 100 METERS FIRST ROUND - 1. Tori Bowie, adidas, 10.90... 27. Melanise Chapman, unattached, 11.40.

WOMEN'S 3,000 STEEPLECHASE FIRST ROUND - 1. Emma Coburn, New Balance, 9:38.68... 25. Erika Barr, SRA Elite, 10:42.53.

WOMEN'S 10,000 METERS FINAL - 1. Molly Huddle, 31:19.86... 15. Kaitlin Gregg Goodman, rabbit/Strava TC, 33:55.86; Kim Conley, New Balance, DNF.

WOMEN'S 5,000 METERS FINAL - 1. Shelby Houlihan, Nike/Bowerman TC, 15:13.87... 13. Kim Conley, New Balance, 15:36.82; 15. Alycia Cridebring, rabbit/SRA Elite, 15:47.40.