Coming off third-place finishes at conference meet, UC Davis heads to Washington in search of trip to Nationals
Races begin at 10 a.m. at Putah Creek Reserve Course in Davis
UC Davis women look to defend their title, while the men look to improve on a sixth-place finish in 2014
Sacramento meet gives new faces chance to shine mid-season
Men post best finish at the event since 2009 behind Nguyen's collegiate-best time
2014: ALL-BIG WEST CONFERENCE... Competed in five meets for the Aggies... Posted a pair of top-10 finishes, including a sixth-place finish at the Big West Conference Championships in a season-best 6K time of 20:49.7 to help UC Davis to the league title... Opened the year by finishing fourth at the Aggie Open in a time of 14:34... Also posted a top-20 finish against a difficult field at the Stanford Invitational, the second Aggie across the line in a time of 21:30 to finish 16th... Posted a time of 22:33.4 at the NCAA Pre-Nationals in Indiana, and followed that up with a time of 22:41.8 to help UC Davis finish 11th at the NCAA West Regionals... Selected to the Big West All-Academic Team in the fall.
2013: Ran in five meets for the Aggies during her first season... Opened the season with a sixth-place finish at the Aggie Open, finishing the 4K race in a time of 14:09... Helped UC Davis to a second-place team finish at the BIg West Conference Championships, finishing 36th in a time of 24:11.3... Also finished 74th at the NCAA West Regional in Sacramento, finishing in a season-best 6K time of 21:01... Finished 31st at the Inter-Regional Jamboree on Oct. 4, covering the 5K course in 17:35... Was the second Aggie across the line at the Wisconsin adidas Invitational, finishing 97th in a time of 21:06.
VENTURA HS' 13: As a junior, she and her Cross Country team qualified to the CIF State Championships... She came in 10th place with personal record of 18:14 and her team placing 6th... As a senior, she also qualified to the CIF State Championships coming in 33rd with at 18:39... In Track, she focused mostly on the 3200 her Senior year but also competed the 1600... She came 1st in her league with a personal best of 5:03 in the 1600... Her personal best in the 3200 was at 10:37 at the CIF-SS Masters Meet where she finished in 9th place... She qualified and competed in the CIF State Championships in the 3200 where she came in 12th with a time of 10:37.
PERSONAL:Daughter of Melissa and Eric Kirkegaard... Has a younger sister, Emma... Her great aunt, Karen Miner, also attended UC Davis... Competing at the Cross Country State Championships with her team in 2011 is the highlight of her athletics career... Grete Waitz and Billy Mills are her sports heroes... Would love to visit Kenya.
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|6K||20:49.7||11/1/14||Big West Conference Championships|