KAHUKU, HONOLULU, HAWAI'I -- UC Davis senior Hannah Kirkegaard earned all-conference honors thanks to her 10th place finish, helping the Aggies place all five scorers in the top 20, while sophomore Jordy Ceja was first across the line for UC Davis on the men's side, highlighting their respective team's performances at the 2016 Big West Conference championships at the Kahuku Golf Course on Saturday morning in Honolulu.
The Aggie women finished second with 72 points behind Cal Poly, which placed all five of its scorers in the top 10 en route to the title. It is the sixth time in 10 years that UC Davis has finished among the top two at the league championships, moving up one spot from last year's third-place showing. Meanwhile, the men finished sixth with 165 points behind Cal Poly, which finished with 18 points and four of the top five runners, to end the day with a sweep of the team titles.
Kirkegaard picked up her second career All-Big West honor by virtue of her finish, crossing the line with a time of 22:17.5 to lead a close pack of Aggies in the top 20. Freshman Julia Lemak was just three-tenths of a second behind her teammate in 11th place with a time of 22:17.8, while senior Nicole Lane posted a top-15 finish with a time of 22:27.5 to end the day in 14th place.
Sophomore Megan MacGregor in 18th (22:36.3) and freshman Sarah Anderson in 19th (22:39.9) rounded out the UC Davis scoring group. Other Aggie finishers included sophomore Katherine Gallaher in 25th (23:01.0), freshman Haley Adel in 26th (23:01.4), freshman Kristen Leung in 27th (23:07.7), and junior Brynna Thigpen in 45th (23:50.9).
On the men's side, Ceja paced UC Davis with a time of 26:02.7 to cross the line in 23rd place -- his best at the Big West Conference Championships after finishing 35th a season ago. In his first appearance at the league meet, junior Oliver Abundez-Dominguez showed well, finishing 31st with a time of 26:22.8, while juniors Austin Goins (36th, 26:39.8) and Jon Horvath (39th, 26:44.0) were joined by freshman Salem Bouhassoun (43rd, 26:53.7) in the scoring group for the Aggies.
Other UC Davis finishers included freshman Charlie Pope in 46th (27:02.4), freshman Xolan Brown in 56th (28:16.1), and freshman Zachary Katzman in 59th (28:44.6).
2016 BIG WEST CONFERENCE CHAMPIONSHIPS
Kahuku, Honolulu, Hawai'i (Kahuku Golf Course)
(Winners plus UC Davis results only)
Team Results - 1. Cal Poly, 18; 2. UC Santa Barbara, 53; 3. Cal State Fullerton, 83; 4. UC Irvine, 98; 5. Long Beach State, 163; 6. UC DAVIS, 165; 7. UC Riverside, 169; 8. CSUN, 202.
Individual Results - 1. Clayton Hutchins, Cal Poly, 24:36.1; 23. Jordy Ceja, UC Davis, 26:02.7; 31. Oliver Abundez-Dominguez, UC Davis, 26:22.8; 36. Austin Goins, UC Davis, 26:39.8; 39. Jon Horvath, UC Davis, 26:44.0; 43. Salem Bouhassoun, UC Davis, 26:53.7; 46. Charlie Pope, UC Davis, 27:02.4; 56. Xolan Brown, UC Davis, 28:16.1; 59. Zachary Katzman, UC Davis, 28:44.6.
Team Results - 1. Cal Poly, 27; 2. UC DAVIS, 72; 3. UC Santa Barbara, 96; 4. Cal State Fullerton, 97; 5. Hawai'i, 124; 6. UC Riverside, 129; 7. UC Irvine, 197; 8. CSUN, 224; 9. Long Beach State, 246.
Individual Results - 1. Peyton Bilo, Cal Poly, 21:04.1; 10. Hannah Kirkegaard, UC Davis, 22:17.5; 11. Julia Lemak, UC Davis, 22:17.8; 14. Nicole Lane, UC Davis, 22:27.5; 18. Megan MacGregor, UC Davis, 22:36.3; 19. Sarah Anderson, UC Davis, 22:39.9; 25. Katherine Gallaher, UC Davis, 23:01.0; 26. Haley Adel, UC Davis, 23:01.4; 27. Kristen Leung, UC Davis, 23:07.7; 45. Brynna Thigpen, UC Davis, 23:50.9;