Hornets Claim Jean Runyon Cup With Victory At Port Of Sacramento

UC Davis gets ready on Saturday morning for its varsity eight showdown with Sacramento State. <br> (Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
UC Davis gets ready on Saturday morning for its varsity eight showdown with Sacramento State.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)

April 8, 2006

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The Sacramento State women's varsity eight beat UC Davis by just under six seconds on Saturday morning at the Port of Sacramento, claiming its eighth straight Jean Runyon Cup - awarded annually to the winner of the rowing dual between the Causeway rivals.

The Hornets won all four races against the Aggies on Saturday, also crossing first in the second varsity eight, novice eight and novice four races.

The varsity eight meeting was the second in as many weekends between the teams who also squared off in the grand final of the Cal Cup last Sunday at the San Diego Crew Classic. The Hornets finished just over five seconds in front of the Aggies in that matchup, posting a near identical margin on Saturday at the Port of Sacramento.

UC Davis trailed Sacramento State from the start and couldn't catch the Hornets on the 2,000-meter course which featured good racing conditions.

"We could not get up on them at all," said Aggies varsity coach Emily Plesser. "We raced from behind the whole 2,000 meters."

Sacramento State posted a time of 7 minutes, 1.4 seconds in the victory while UC Davis crossed in 7:07.3.

UC Davis' varsity eight on Saturday consisted of coxwain Katherine Cobarrubia, Sarah Kay at stroke, May Roberts at seven, Vanessa Cuellar at six, Sunny Caldwell at five, Kalie Benson at four, Adina Farkash at three, Angela Bruno at two and Amber Buntin at bow.



The Aggies led for more than three-fourths of the second varsity eight race until the Hornets pulled even just after the 1,500-meter mark. A sprint toward the end of the race netted Sacramento State a close win with the Hornets timed in 7:10.3 and the Aggies coming across a close, but heart-breaking, second in 7:11.5.

UC Davis' second varsity eight was comprised on Saturday of coxswain Christine Bruni, Laura Kelleher at stroke, Cassie Drotman at seven, Heidi Okowtiz at six, Rebecca Maier at five, Jamie Lummis at four, Kirsten Phillips at three, Ashley Lawrence at two and Erin Andrews at bow.

Sacramento State claimed the novice eight win also, finishing in 7:22.14 and UC Davis timed in 7:40.69, just behind the Hornets' second entry (7:40.20). The gap between the Hornets and UC Davis widened after an approximate 10-second difference at the San Diego Crew Classic last weekend.

"We had hoped for a better day and were pretty disappointed," said novice coach Carissa Adams. "We had a tough week of practice and will be trying to determine what we want to focus on for the rest of the season in the coming days."

The novice eight for UC Davis consisted of coxswain Monica Drazba, Katie Foley at stroke, Libby Painter at seven, Anna Lung at six, Megan Mills at five, Andrea Connally at four, Angela Hatch at three, Melissa Fletcher at two and Amelia Lancaster at bow.

Sacramento State completed its sweep with a win in the novice four race. The Hornets won in 8:06.46, UC Davis A was second in 8:25.97 and the Aggies' B boat was third in 8:46.66.

For UC Davis, the novice four A boat had Drazba, Fltecher, Connally, Christina Norsworthy and Lucci Lautze, while the second boat had coxswain Tara Davis, Foley, Painter, Sara Schulze and Mills.

The Aggies' varsity will return to actgion on Saturday, when it competes at the prestigious Knecht Cup in Camden, N.J., on Saturday.

West Sacramento, Calif. (Port of Sacramento)

VARSITY EIGHT - 1. Sacramento State, 7:01.4, 2. UC Davis, 7:07.3

SECOND VARSITY EIGHT - 1. Sacramento State, 7:10.3; 2. UC Davis, 7:11.5.

NOVICE EIGHT - 1. Sacramento State, 7:22.14; 2. Sacramento State B, 7:40.20; 3. UC Davis, 7:40.69.

NOVICE FOUR - 1. Sacramento State, 8:06.46; 2. UC Davis, 8:25.97; 3. UC Davis B, 8:46.66.

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