Coming off third-place finishes at conference meet, UC Davis heads to Washington in search of trip to Nationals
UC Davis women look to defend their title, while the men look to improve on a sixth-place finish in 2014
UC Davis goes in search of second conference crowns on both sides
2008: Competed in six meets, scoring team points in each... Finished 21st at Big West Conference meet, then was team's No. 3 runner (65th overall) at NCAA West Regional... Other strong finishes were 8th at Aggie Open and 48th (among 28 teams) at Stanford Invite.
2007: Raced in three meets as a true freshman, placing 37th in season opener at Chico State.
TRACK & FIELD: Placed 6th in 3,000 steeplechase (9:19.97) at 2008 Big West Conference meet as a freshman... Had team's top three times in that event, including 9:15.87 at UC Irvine's Steve Scott Invitational... Also ran open 3K (8:29.97) and 5K (15:39.02).
MARIA CARRILLO HS '07: Placed 22nd (16:12) at CIF state cross country meet as a senior... Finished as North Coast Section runner-up as a senior (15:26)... Team won section titles in each of his junior and senior seasons... Won North Bay League and NCS Redwood Empire titles in 3,200 during track season... Set PR times of 9:25 in 3,200; 4:31 in 1,600... Graduated summa cum laude, with 4.5 grade-point average.
PERSONAL: Born in Santa Rosa, Calif.... Majoring in evolution, ecology and biodiversity... Parents are Greg & Kristin Thigpen... Career highlight was scoring at the NCAA West Regional Championships... Chose UC Davis for its strength in sciences.