Moreno, Murillo Lead UC Davis To Big Victories At Aggie Open

Sept. 11, 2004

Complete Results

DAVIS, Calif. - Senior Priscilla Moreno and sophomore Jorge Murillo posted wins by nine seconds each, leading overwhelming UC Davis men's and women's victories at the Aggie Cross Country Open, run through the UC Davis campus on Saturday morning.

Moreno covered the women's 5-kilometer course in 18 minutes, 7.50 seconds, edging freshman teammate Kim Conley who was second in 18:16.90. UC Davis, which had seven of the top 11 finishers overall, scored just 17 points in the race, only two points above the minimum 15.

The Aggie men had eight of the first 10 finishers in their 8-kilometer race, scoring a perfect 15 points. Murillo led the way for UC Davis, crossing the finish line at The Pavilion - formerly called Recreation Hall - in 25:17.40. Will Merchad was third in 25:28.80.

Nevada took second on the women's side with 48 points and Cal State Stanislaus was third with 90. Sonoma State, Notre Dame de Namur, Cal State Hayward, Pacific and William Jessup finished fourth through eighth, respectively.

Notre Dame de Namur scored 63 points to finish a distance second to UC Davis in the men's competition, Cal State Stanislaus was third with 74, and Cal State Hayward and Cal State Monterey Bay were fourth and fifth, respectively.

Aggie coach Jason Jaques was pleased with UC Davis' season-opening performances.

"The focus of this meet for us was team mechanics and team racing," he said. "We wanted to go out at a comfortable pace and then really work the last two-thirds of the races."

Jaques was also happy with Moreno's and Murillo's efforts in their first races of the season.

Priscilla Moreno races to victory on Saturday morning at the Aggie Open.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)

"Priscilla ran a great race. It's good to see her start off strong," he said. "Jorge really worked the middle of the race well and was very consistent."

Michelle Solone was the Aggie women's third-best finisher, crossing in 18:47.90. Jenny Wilson placed sixth in 18:49.70, freshman Lorin Scott-Okerblom was ninth in 18:55.50, freshman Sarah Stacionis was 10th in 18:55.90 and Eva Gut was 11th in 18:56.80.

The Aggies' split among their top five finishers was just 48 seconds.

UC Davis was just as dominating in the men's race where the Aggies supported Murillo and Merchad by finishing fifth through 10th. Senior Tim Helms was fifth in 25:26.20 and was followed by Matt Cooley (26:00.50), freshman Patrick Parsel (26:10.60), Tony Ahr (26:11.90), Chris Pecot (26:16.10) and freshman K.C. Cody (26:39.30).

UC Davis had a 53-second split among its scoring runners.

Both Aggie teams return to action on Sept. 25 at the Stanford Invitational.