UC Davis Retains Jean Runyon Cup With Victory

UC Davis' varsity eight defeated Sacramento State to win the Jean Runyon Cup for the third time in the Cup's history. <br> (Charlie Painter)
UC Davis' varsity eight defeated Sacramento State to win the Jean Runyon Cup for the third time in the Cup's history.
(Charlie Painter)

April 26, 2008

WEST SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The UC Davis varsity eight took an early lead which it didn't relinquish against rival Sacramento State on Saturday morning as the Aggies' rowed to a time of 6 minutes, 44.68 seconds at the Port of Sacramento, winning the Jean Runyon Cup for the second consecutive year.

The UC Davis women's rowing team won four of five races against the Hornets, also capturing victories in the second varsity eight, novice eight and novice four matchups. Sacramento State picked up its lone win in the varsity four. Three of the five races were decided by less than five seconds each.

The Jean Runyon Cup - awarded to the winner of the annual varsity eight dual between the programs - was established in 1997 with the teams splitting the first two races. Sacramento State then won the next eight before UC Davis won a slim victory last year at Lake Natoma to end the Hornets' winning streak.

The Aggies jumped to an early lead on Saturday morning and continued to lead the rest of the way, winning for the sixth time in six races this season. After leading by approximately seven seconds halfway, they crossed nearly 11 seconds ahead of the Hornets, who were timed in 6:55.57 over the 2,000-meter course.

"Our goal was to have a strong start and we got a good start and maintained it," said UC Davis head coach Carissa Adams. "Although I felt we'd do well, I was nervous because it was important to us to keep the Cup."

Besides improving to 6-0 in races this spring, the Aggies also remained unbeaten in 2008 at the Port of Sacramento, moving to 3-0.

The second varsity eight crews battled in a tight race but UC Davis was able to take and maintain a lead, turning in a time of 7:03.42 with Sacramento State coming through in 7:07.70. That victory also kept the second varsity eight undefeated this spring as it won for the fourth straight race.

Less than three seconds separated the boats in the novice eight matchup with UC Davis winning in 7:16.91, ahead of the Hornets who were timed in 7:32.49. The Aggies' second novice eight was third in 7:32.49.



Sacramento State broke UC Davis' winning streak in the varsity four matchup which was another close battle all the way down the course. The Hornets top boat won in 7:34.07 with UC Davis barely behind in 7:36.36. The Aggies' second entry crossed in 7:56.88 while Sacramento State's was timed in 8:07.04.

UC Davis completed its winning day in the novice four race with a convincing victory of nearly 20 seconds. The Aggies finished in 7:55.64, the Hornets did so in 8:14.35, and UC Davis' second novice four entry came across in 8:27.02.

Saturday's race also brought to a close the 2007-08 Causeway Cup, the all-sports competition between the local rivals. UC Davis, which finished with 67.5 points to the Hornets' 37.5, had secured this year's title earlier in March.

UC Davis will return to action next weekend for its conference championships when it travels to the Western Intercollegiate Rowing Association Championships at Lake Natoma.

WOMEN'S ROWING: Sacramento State vs. UC Davis
Port of Sacramento (West Sacramento, Calif.)
Results and UC Davis lineups

VARSITY EIGHT (Jean Runyon Cup) - 1. UC Davis, 6:44.68; 2. Sacramento State, 6:55.57
Lineup - Tara Davis (coxswain), 8. Sunny Caldwell, 7. Alicia Foley, 6. May Roberts, 5. Vanessa Cuellar, 4. Heidi Okowitz, 3. Lucci Lautze, 2. Erin Andrews, 1. Laura Kelleher.

SECOND VARSITY EIGHT - 1. UC Davis , 7:03.42; 2. Sacramento State, 7:07.70.
Lineup - Sossi Hanoian (coxswain), 8. Brittani De Remier, 7. Lauren Auble, 6. Melissa Wong, 5. Sarah Schulze, 4. Autumn Huey, 3. Brooke Thomas, 2. Megan Feeney, 1. Ashley Lugo.

NOVICE EIGHT - 1. UC Davis, 7:16.91; 2. Sacramento State, 7:19.62; 3. UC Davis B, 7:32.49.
Lineup - Natasha Loghmanpour (coxswain), 8. Melissa McCue, 7. Allison Bruton, 6. Samantha Houston, 5. Elieke Demmer, 4. Hannah Owens, 3. Katherine Francis, 2. Rebecca Davidson, 1. Elena Manning.
Lineup (UCD B) - Kimberly Mah (coxwain), 8. Jillian Carli, 7. Lisette Betsinger, 6. Whitney Damiani, 5. Rebecca Schuerger, 4. Shelley Shamir, 3. Cole Conroy, 2. Pavandeep Singh, 1. Marie Bays.

VARSITY FOUR - 1. Sacramento State, 7:34.07, 2. UC Davis, 7:36.36; 3. UC Davis B, 7:56.88; 4. Sacramento State B, 8:07.04.
Lineup - Tara Davis (coxswain), 4. Sunny Caldwell, 3. Alicia Foley, 2. May Roberts, 1. Susan Novik.
Lineup (UCD B) - Angeliki Bundros (cosxwain), 4. Reva Birnbaum, 3. Ashley Lugo, 2. Susan Crow, 1. Susan Novik.

NOVICE FOUR - 1. UC Davis, 7:55.64; 2. Sacramento State, 8:14.35; 3. UC Davis B, 8:27.02.
Lineup - 1. Natasha Loghmanpour (coxswain), 4. Brittani De Riemer, 3. Lauren Auble, 2. Autumn Huey, 1. Allison Bruton.
Lineup (UCD B) - 1. Ellen Yau (coxswain), 4. Melissa McCue, 3. Elieke Demmer, 2. Rebecca Davidson, 1. Katherine Francis.