Aggies Shine at Hornet Jamboree

Eric Neill was the men's top finisher, coming in 21st place on Saturday. (Wayne Tilcock)

Complete Results

SACRAMENTO, Calif. - Raquel Lambdin finished fifth overall to lead the UC Davis women's cross country team to a fourth place finish, while Eric Neill and Jordon Rushing were 21st and 23rd overall, respectively, in a fifth-place finish for the Aggie men's team at the Hornet Jamboree on Saturday at Granite Regional Park in Sacramento.

On the women's side, Fresno State and Cal tied for first place with 41 points each while host Sacramento State came in third with 78 points. Fresno State's Lyndsie Etherton won the women's 5K race in a time of 17:13.7.

Sacramento State won the men's race with 23 points and was led by Reesey Byers who finished the four-mile race in a time of 19:42.3. Fresno State was second with 63 while Cal came in third with 88 points. Santa Clara was fourth, edging UC Davis by just four points.

"The meet provided a good challenge on the tail end of what was a long training week at team camp in Point Reyes," said head coach Drew Wartenburg. "The objective for this weekend was to put a heavier degree of responsibility on the shoulders of some our developmental athletes. We were very interested to see who would step into leadership and scoring roles in such a scenario, and there were some good showings on both the men's and women's sides."

The women's team was comprised of six newcomers and three returners with all nine runners finishing in the top 60 and three runners finishing in the top 30. Lambdin, a sophomore out of Camarillo, Calif., clocked in at 17:52.3 as the Aggies' top finisher. She was followed by freshman Anna Welsh who recorded a time of 18:21.4 to finish 16th overall and Venus Shabgahi, also in her first year on the UC Davis cross country team, was 26th in a time of 18:46.3.



Melinda Zavala's 31st-place finish led a small pack of Aggie women that included Erika Barr who was 33rd, Kie Shidara who was 37th and Katie Ott who finished in 39th place. Megan Gramlich finished just 11 seconds back of Ott and was 43rd while Nicole Aha was 57th to round out the Aggie competitors.

"Rocki Lambdin put together her best cross country effort in an Aggie uniform, leading the women and running 30 seconds faster than she did at the same meet a year ago," said Wartenburg. "Anna Welsh also moved through the field well and took a good step in the right direction as she grows accustomed to collegiate racing."

The men saw Eric Neill and Jordon Rushing finish within close reach of one another in just their second race in an Aggie singlet as Neill was 21st in a time of 20:34.6 while Rushing came in 23rd in a time of 20:41.2.

Patrick Fitzgerald was 32nd in a time of 21:08.4 while Joseph Rivera came in 40th in a time of 21:17.1. Tanner Barnes and Trevor Ehlenbach finished 45th and 46th, respectively, while Nikolai Solgaard were in 48th in a time of 21:26.2.

All seven Aggie men finished in the top 50 with five freshmen and two sophomores comprising the field for UC Davis.

"Jordon stuck his nose in the race early on while Eric moved very patiently through the field to just miss a top-20 finish," said Wartenburg. "We are going to rely on a couple of freshmen to step into contributing roles down the stretch this fall and today's results show that we have a growing number of men that will take aim at those opportunities. Both teams showed some flashes of solid pack running that should develop further as we build fitness and create that dynamic between now and upcoming races."

Additionally, Nick Ratto and Miguel Aceves ran unattached for UC Davis. Ratto was 25th in a time of 20:46.3 while Aceves came in 44th, recording a time of 21:22.7.

UC Davis will next compete at the Pac-12 Preview, hosted by UCLA, on Sept. 21.