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UC DAVIS TRACK AND FIELD

APRIL 2011

UC DAVIS  TRACK  AND  FIELD   NEWSLETTER  

Aggies Batter  All-­‐Time   list  across  Causeway    

CONTENTS Mondo  Mid-­‐Major   Classic   Ugo  Eke  broke  her  own  school   record  in  the  400m  to   highlight  a  day  of  outstanding   performances  for  the  Aggies    

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Causeway Dual   Two  school  records  fall  at  the   annual  Causeway  Dual  P2  

Cal/Nevada Championships   Aggies  win  three  state  titles  at   the  Cal/Nevada   Championships  P2  

Stanford Invite   Distance  runners  impact  all-­‐ time  lists  in  late  night  heats  of   10k  P3  

Athlete Feature   Meet  standout  sprinter   Melanise  Chapman  P4  

 Go, Ags!      

7 Aggies   moved   up   the   all-­‐ time   lists   at   the   Mondo   Mid-­‐Major   Classic   hosted   by   Sacramento  State.    

The Aggies   had   a   stellar   weekend   at   the   Mondo   Mid-­‐ Major   classic   on   Friday   and   Saturday,   April   8th   and   9th.   Freshman   Shannon   Harcus   set   the   tone   for   the   weekend   on   Friday   night   as   she   dipped   under   17:30   to   post   a   time   of   17:27.85   in   her   first   ever   attempt   at   the   5k.   The   streak   continued  on  Saturday  morning   with   two   steeplers,   senior   Caitlin   Fitzgerald   and   junior   Samantha   Kearney,   running   well   below   11   minutes   for   the   3000m   steeplechase.   Fitzgerald   ran   a   personal   best   time   of   10:31.72,  just  .07  seconds  shy  of   Heather   Gibson’s   school   record,   to   finish   second   over   all.   Kearney    followed  in  third  place   and  a  time  of  10:50,  her  second   time   going   under   11   minutes   this  season.    

Senior Ugo  Eke  broke  her  own  school   record  clocking  a  54.34  to  win  the  Mondo   Inviational  400m.  

Meanwhile, in   the   throws   ring,   the   Aggies   were   getting   the   job   done   once   again.   Senior   Chidinma   Onyewuenyi   won   the   shot   put   with   a   throw   of   49’   5.5”   while   Eddie  Orgon  was  second  with  a   throw  of  55’  4.75”.     Back   on   the   track,   the   sprinters   were   having   a   solid   day,   highlighted   by   senior   Ugo   Eke   breaking   her   own   school   record   in   the   400m,   running   54.34   to   win   the   event.   The   Aggies   completed   a   1-­‐2-­‐3   sweep   of   the   men’s   400m   hurdles.     1


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Thomas Phillips   led   the   way   in   51.22,   followed  closely  by  Alex  Wilright  in  51.54,  and   rounded   out   by   freshman   teammate   Karl   Moran  in  53.34.       Kandyce   Doxey   also   made   her   first   appearance   on   the   all-­‐time   list   in   the   200m   after  running  25.09.  That  time  ties  her  for  10th   all-­‐time  with  Stephanie  Eckels.       The   great   freshman   duo   of   Nathan   Strum   and   Kevin   Griffith   continued   their   hot   streak   as   they   posted   personal   best   times   in   the  800m  of  1:50.74  and  1:50.98  respectively.   Those   performances   moved   Nathan   to   Senior  Thomas  Phillips  won  the  400m  hurdles  at  the   Cal/Nevada  State  Championships   number  three  and  Kevin  number  five  all-­‐time   at  UC  Davis.       The   day   wrapped   up   with   another   set   the  shot  put,  Ray  Green  in  the  triple  jump,     of   great   performance   from   1500m   runners   Ethan   Ostrom   in   the   pole   vault   and   both   the   Alycia   Cridebring   and   Kristina   Taylor.   men’s  and  women’s  4x400m  relay  teams.     Cridebring’s  time  of  4:28.57  makes  her  the  7th   fastest  aggie  ever  in  that  event  while  Taylor’s   Aggies   post   three   victories   at   the   4:30.71  puts  her  at  number  8.     Cal/Nevada  Championships     Senior   Thomas   Phillips   won   his   second     title   at   the   Cal/Nevada   Championships   in   the   School   records   fall   at   Causeway   400m  hurdles  at  the  2011  meet  in  Claremont,   Dual   CA.  He  also  won  the  event  in  2008,  as  part  of  a   Two   school   records   were   broken   on   five  year  sweep  in  which  UC  Davis  has  claimed   Saturday,   April   2nd   at   the   annual   Causeway   the  event.  In  2007,  2009,  and  2010  the  event   Dual  with  Sac  State.  Melanise  Chapman  came   was   won   by   teammate   Alex   Wilright   who   back   in   the   200m,   after   winning   the   100m,   finished  sixth  this  year.  Phillips  ran  a  personal   with  an  impressive  24.09.  Senior  Ugo  Eke  was   record  time  of  50.52  en  route  to  his  victory.  In   just   behind   finishing   second   place   in   24.36.   addition   to   Phillips’   performance,   senior   Both   were   under   the   previous   record,   held   by   Chidinma   Onyewuenyi   took   first   place   in   the   Eke,  of  24.41.     hammer  throw  and  junior  Ethan  Ostrom  won     In   the   final   event   of   the   meet   senior   the  pole  vault  in  a  jump  of  16’  10.75”.     Chidinma  Onyewuenyi  became  the  first  Aggie     Other   notable   finishes   at   the   to   ever   go   over   50   feet   in   the   shot   put   with   championships  included  Lauren  Radke’s  third   her  throw  of  50-­‐4.5.  That  throw  helped  her  to   place   finish   in   the   pole   vault   (12-­‐5.5),   Ugo   capture   the   event   after   earlier   winning   the   Eke’s  second  place  showing  in  the  in  the  400m   hammer  in  187’  3”.     (54.61),   and   Eddie   Orgons   throw   of   53’   3.75”     Other  event  winners  included  Kristina   inches  in  the  shot  put,  which  tied  him  for  third   Taylor   in   the   1500m,   Samantha   Kearney   in   place.     the   3000m,   Lauren   Radke   in   the   pole   vault,     Thomas   Phillips   in   the   400m,   Nathan   Strum     in   the   800m,   Jon   Sees   in   the   3000m,   Alex   Wilright  in  the  400m  hurdles,  Eddie  Orgon  in      

Go, Ags!

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UC DAVIS TRACK AND FIELD

MARCH 2011

Woody Wilson   Classic  2011     Woody  Wilson  represents   the  last  chance  to  catch   Aggie  Track  &  Field  at   home  this  spring.  We  hope   you  can  make  it  out  to   support!     The  John  Pappa  Alumni   Mile,  Community  Kids  Race   and  a  hospitality  tent,   catered  by  Dos  Coyotes,   will  all  occur  at  Woody   Wilson  on  Saturday,     April  16th.     Upcoming  meets     April  30-­‐May  1  Steve  Scott   Invitaional  -­‐  Irvine,  CA     May  1  Payton  Jordan-­‐Cardinal   Invitational  -­‐  Palo  Alto,  CA     May  13-­‐14  Big  West   Championships  -­‐  Irvine,  CA     May  24-­‐26  NCAA  Preliminary   Round  –  Eugene,  OR     June  8-­‐11  NCAA  Championships   –  Des  Moines,  IA    

Go, Ags!

Junior Sam   Kearney   won   the   steeplechase   at   the   San  Francisco  State  Distance  Carnival  in  10:44.81.  

Distance crew  have  strong  showing   at  Stanford  Invitational   While  the  rest  of  the  Aggie  track  &  field   team   competed   at   the   Cal/Nevada   Championships,   a   smaller   group   of   athletes   traveled   to   Palo   Alto,   CA   to   compete   in   the   Stanford   Invitational.   For   distance   runners,   this  meet  attracts  top  competition  from  across   the   nation   and   the   Aggies   stepped   up   to   the   challenge.   Freshman   Nathan   Strum   led   the   charge  in  the  afternoon  with  his  3:51.64  in  the   1500m.   Senior   Jon   Sees   ran   in   a   later   heat   of   the   same   event   and   posted   a   3:48.25,   his   fastest   season   opener   ever.   Later   that   night   three  Aggies  ran  in  the  10,000m,  two  of  whom   made   an   impact   on   the   all-­‐time   list.   Junior   Krista   Drechsler   ran   a   PR   34:53.66   to   make   her   the   fifth   fastest   Aggie   of   all   time.   In   the   men’s   race   senior   Calvin   Thigpen   ran   his   debut  10k  30:28.90,  making  him  the  9th  fastest   aggie   ever.   Teammate   Axel   Stanovsky   followed  in  30:54.92.       Meanwhile,   another   group   of   Aggies   were   racing   at   the   San   Francisco   State   Distance   Carnival.   The   Aggie’s   performances   there   were   highlighted   by   Sam   Kearney’s   victory   in   the   3000m   steeplechase.   She   finished   in   a   PR   of   10:44.81,   nine   seconds   ahead  of  the  next  competitor.     3


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Where are  you  from  and  at  which   High  School  did  you  attend? I am from SoCal. I was born in Los Angeles, California and I currently live in Lancaster, California. I attended Paraclete High School.

What is  your  background  in  track   What  has  been  the  highlight  of   and  field? the  season  so  far?   I started participating in track and field my freshmen year of high school.

Which events  do  you  compete  in? I do the 100m, 200m, 4x100m relay, and the 4x400m relay.

Which is  your  favorite? My favorite event is the 100m.

  Go, Ags!

The highlight of the season so far is to see how everyone is continuing to improve individually and as a group.

How  does  Melanise   Champman  like  to  spend  her   free  time?

In my free time when I am not studying, I enjoy spending time with family and friends, listening to music, and watching movies.   4


MARCH 2011

Big West  Athletes  of  the  Week     Female  Field  Athlete  of  the  Week     Chidinma  Onyewuenyi   March  16th     Male  Field  Athlete  of  the  Week     Ethan  Ostrom     March  16th     Female  Field  Athlete  of  the  Week     Chidinma  Onyewuenyi   April  6th     Female  Track  Athlete  of  the  Week   Caitlin  Fitzgerald     April  13th  

2011 Track  &  Field  Staff     Byron  Talley  Director  of  Cross  Country  and  Track  and  Field     Drew  Wartenburg  Head  Cross  Country/Distance  Coach     Tim  Fua  Assistant  Track  &  Field/Throws  Coach     Kim  Graham-­‐Miller  Assistant  Track  &  Field/Sprint  Coach     Erv  Hunt  Assistant  Track  &  Field/Hurdles  Coach     Kim  Conley  Assistant  Cross  Country  and  Track  &  Field  Coach     Sam  Ahlbeck  Volunteer  Assistant  Cross  Country  and  Track  &  Field  Coach     Hideshi  Okamoto  Volunteer  Assistant  Track  &  Field/Jumps  Coach  

  Go, Ags!  

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