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Wednesday, February 21, 2024

Aggie Digest

Men’s and women’s track and field

If records are meant to be broken, then Kim Conley is doing her job.

A native of Santa Rosa, Calif., Conley set a school record with an impressive time of 16:30.22 in the 5,000-meter run at the Stanford Invitational on Friday. Her time broke Patty Gray’s record of 16:34.87, set back in 1985.

Among the other Aggie standouts was sophomore Polly Gnepa. After finishing in second place in the 110 high hurdles at the Cal-Nevada Championships last weekend, Gnepa’s time of 14.29 was good for third place.

Freshman Thomas Phillips took third-place honors in the 400 hurdles on the men’s side of things. Ben Johnson’s time of 1:53.57 in the 800 was his best showing of the season.

UC Davis followed up a solid first day of competition with another strong showing Saturday.

After posting her best wind-legal time of the season in the 400 on Friday, sophomore Ugo Eke then took third-place honors in the 400 on Saturday. Freshman Jonathan Peterson finished ninth in the 5,000 with a personal-best time of 14:25.00.

The Aggies next travel to Los Angeles for the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner Kersee Invitational. The meet will begin Thursday at 10 a.m.


Women’s rowing

Winning the Cal Cup once is quite the accomplishment, but winning it twice is even better.

UC Davis’ varsity eight got past the University of San Diego en route to its second Cal Cup title in as many years at the San Diego Crew Classic on Sunday. The Aggies edged past the Toreros by approximately two seats in the 2,000-meter race, 6:48.30-6:49.39.

“The varsity did a great job this weekend keeping their composure and confidence up while defending their victory from last season,” said head coach Carissa Adams. “I am very proud of every single one of the rowers on our squad. They have all pulled together and worked really hard to continue to strive to take our program to the next level.”

The Aggies have a scrimmage at Loyola Marymount on Apr. 20 before they face rival Sacramento State on Apr. 26 in West Sacramento.


Adam Loberstein


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