Sacramento State Captures Jean Runyon Cup Over Aggies In Close Race

UC Davis nearly upset Sacramento State in the Jean Runyon Cup on Saturday. <br> (Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
 
UC Davis nearly upset Sacramento State in the Jean Runyon Cup on Saturday.
(Wayne Tilcock, Davis Enterprise)
 

April 23, 2005

RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif. - - The Sacramento State women's rowing team defeated UC Davis in the varsity eight, second varsity eight and novice eight competitions to take home the Jean Runyon Cup for the seventh straight year Saturday morning at Lake Natoma.

The Hornets and Aggies race for the Jean Runyon Cup each year and Sacramento State has not lost to UC Davis since the 1998 season. The Jean Runyon Cup, which both schools began competing for in 1997, is given to the fastest boat in the varsity eight competition.

This morning, Sacramento State raced to a first-place time of 6:40.5, its fastest mark over 2,000 meters since posting a 6:38.45 at Redwood Shores, Calif., on April 29, 2000. The Hornets' time was also their fastest at Lake Natoma since March 6, 1999, when the team posted a 6:40.19.

UC Davis kept pace with Sacramento State throughout the varsity eight competition as the Aggies (6:41.8) finished 1.3 seconds behind the Hornets. Sacramento State's varsity eight, which has not lost a dual meet since the 2003 season, improved to 8-0 this year and 15-0 over the last two years.

In the second varsity eight competition, Sacramento State won handily with a time of 6:56.8, more than eight seconds faster than UC Davis (7:05.2).

In the novice eight competition, Sacramento State posted a winning time of 7:06.3, followed by UC Davis "B" (7:16.9) and UC Davis "A" (7:17.8).

UC Davis returns to action next weekend at the WIRA Championships at Lake Natoma.

WOMEN'S ROWING
Varsity Eight
1. Sacramento State 6:40.5
2. UC Davis 6:41.8

Second Varsity Eight
1. Sacramento State 6:56.8
2. UC Davis 7:05.2

Novice Eight
1. Sacramento State 7:06.3
2. UC Davis "B" 7:16.9
3. UC Davis "A" 7:17.8

Press release courtesy of Sacramento State Athletics Media Relations