Men’s and women’s track & field
After breaking three school records at the Stanford Invitational the week before, UC Davis set yet another at the Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational at UCLA this past weekend.
Junior Sirena Williams recorded a 14.06 in the 100-meter hurdle to establish a new Aggie record. The Fresno, Calif. native finished second in the event.
On the men’s side, freshman Ray Green qualified for the NCAA Division I West Region Track and Field Championships next month with a 15.04-meter performance in the triple jump Saturday in Los Angeles.
Green will join hurdler Polly Gnepa and discus thrower Matt Swarbrick at the program’s first-ever Division I regional event.
The UC Davis women’s gymnastics season ended on a positive note this past weekend at the NCAA West Region meet at Oregon State’s Gill Coliseum.
Sophomore Lida Gehlen posted the highest-ever Region finish by an Aggie gymnast Saturday by tying for third with a 9.850 on the uneven parallel bars.
Senior Michelle Kulovitz and sophomore Tanya Ho also joined Gehlen at the event. Kulovitz finished with a 9.600 on the floor exercise, good for a 33rd-place tie, while Ho placed 11th with a 38.525 score in the all-around.
The finish to the Aggies’ 2008 season included two of the three highest team scores in school history, including a 194.700 at home Mar. 28 that clinched the team’s first Mountain Pacific Sports Federation title.
The Aggies (11-9, 3-5) took on a pair of Big West Conference opponents Saturday and Sunday and fell, 5-2, both days.
On Saturday, UC Davis dropped a match to UC Santa Barbara for just its third loss since mid-February. Sophomore Desiree Stone and senior Robin Guier supplied the two Aggie wins in singles.
Stone claimed a 6-3, 6-3 victory at No. 2 over Gaucho freshman Jill Damion while Guier won 6-2, 6-1 over UCSB sophomore Asagi Onaga. On the other side, the Aggies were swept in three doubles matches.
In UC Davis’ 5-2 loss to Cal Poly on Sunday, Stone stayed red-hot with her seventh straight and 17th overall win. The North Hollywood, Calif. native prevailed over Mustangs sophomore Steffi Wong in three sets, 6-4, 4-6, 1-0 (10-7).
She also teamed up with sophomore Anita Athavale to take the Aggies’ lone doubles match of the weekend, 8-7 (1).
Accounting for the team’s other point, sophomore Herzyl Legaspi defeated Shannon Brady at No. 4 singles, 7-6 (3), 7-5.