Oct. 16, 2004
FOLSOM, Calif. - UC Davis freshman Kim Conley led the Aggie women to a first-place overall showing at the Sacramento State Open on Friday at Folsom High School, while senior Will Merchad paced the Aggie men to a second-place finish as both runners were UC Davis' top placers for the second consecutive meet.
Conley and Merchad each placed 10th in their respective races at the Willamette Invitational on Oct. 2. On Friday, Conley finished second overall in 19 minutes, 12.2 seconds, leading four consecutive Aggies across the finish line and helping UC Davis scored just 21 points. San Francisco was second with 37 points, Sacramento State was third with 83 and Fresno State was fourth with 116.
Merchad was timed in 15:36.0 and placed fifth in the men's field as they had their top five finishers come across the line in the top 20. UC Davis tallied 42 points and finished second to Stanford which had six of the top seven college finishers and scored just 18 points. Sacramento
tate took third with 84 points while San Francisco was fourth with 92. The women's meet was also scored as duals between UC Davis and Sacramento State and the Aggies and San Francisco State. UC Davis beat the Hornets 15-40 and and also took the Dons 21-37. For the men, Stanford beat UC Davis 16-37 while the Aggies cruised past Sacramento State 15-40.
The women raced a 5-kilometer race while the men's race was shortened to 5K due to poor air quality caused by local forest fires plaguing the area.
Conley's showing helped the Aggies dominate the top seven places. Senior Priscilla Moreno was third in 19:23.8, Lorin Scott was fourth in 19:37.4, Michelle Solone was fifth in 19:44.5 and Eva Gut took seventh in 19:54.15 as UC Davis posted a season-best 42-second interval from its first to fifth runners. Carolyn Menard (15th), Erna Forgo (16th) and Lisa Novik (17th) also posted strong races for UC Davis.
The Aggie men also packed well, finishing with just a 52-second gap among its top five scoring runners. Tony Ahr had another outstanding race for UC Davis, placing 11th in 16:05.3, Jorge Murillo was 14th in 16:17.8, Chris Pecot finished 15th in 16:18.2 and freshman Patrick Parsel was 19th in 16:28.2.
"Given the fact we weren't exactly fresh-legged because of training the women really performed well," said Aggie coach Jason Jaques. "It was an extremely difficult course. "Tony Ahr continues to run quite well and is gaining confidence race by race," added Jaques.
Robert Smitson of Stanford won the men's race in 15:18.1 while Jeannine Hagedorn of USF was the women's winner in 18:35.6.
UC Davis returns to action on Oct. 30 with the NCAA Division I Independents Championships at Corpus Christi, Texas.
SACRAMENTO STATE OPEN
Folsom, Calif. (Folsom HS)
Team Scores: 1. UC Davis 21; 2. San Francisco 37; 3. Sacramento State 83; 4. Fresno State 116.
TOP FIVE FINISHERS (plus Sacramento State and UC Davis athletes): 1. Hagedorn, USF, 18:35.6; 2. Conley, UCD, 19:12.2; 3. Moreno, UCD, 19:23.8; 4. Scott, UCD 19:37.4; 5. Solone, UCD, 19:44.5; 7. Gut, UCD, 19:54.5; 15. Menard, UCD, 20:56.6; 16. Forgo, UCD, 20:59.9; 17. Novik, UCD, 21:07.8; 19. Grillo, SAC, 21:21.5; 20. Baxter, SAC, 21:35.1; 22. Sheldon, UCD, 21:55.4; 29. Solomon, SAC, 22:45.3; 32. Smith, SAC, 23:12.6; 33. Beaman, SAC, 23:30.2; 34. Garcia, SAC, 23:31.9; 35. Gallegos, UCD, 23:41.1.
MEN'S RESULTS Team Scores: 1. Stanford 18; 2. UC Davis 42; 3. Sacramento State 84; 4. San Francisco 92.
TOP FIVE FINISHERS (plus Sacramento State and UC Davis athletes): 1.
Smitson, Stanford, 15:18.1; 2. Heath, Unatt., 15:18.8; 3. Tahldooahnippah,
Stanford, 15:25.1; 4. Devries, Unatt., 15:27.1; 5. Merchad, UCD, 15:36.0;
11. Ahr, UCD, 16:05.3; 14. Murillo, UCD, 16:17.8; 15. Pecot, UCD, 16:18.2;
19. Parsel, UCD, 16:28.2; 20. Vogl, SAC, 16:40.5; 21. Cody, UCD, 16:42.6;
22. Blue, SAC, 16:43.8; 25. Vazquez, SAC, 16:49.8; 27. Schenk, SAC, 17:02.1; 28. Weber, UCD, 17:07.5; 30. D'Onofrio, SAC, 17:19.0; 35. Haas, UCD, 17:46.5; 37. Sukhorokov, UCD, 17:53.7; 39. Tenuto, SAC, 19:17.8; 40.
Hasapes, SAC, 21:51.9.