The UC Davis cross country teams couldn’t have asked for a better start to the season.
Led by Patrick Parsel and Kim Conley, respectively, the men’s and women’s teams both finished in first place last Saturday at the Aggie Open.
Parsel took first of 33 in the 8k, clocking in at 25:08.10. In all, 11 Aggies finished in the top 15.
Conley placed first in the 6k at 21:09.80. She was followed by Kaitlin Gregg at 21:39.40 for second. The 6k featured 50 competitors, and the Aggies took seven of the top nine finishes.
UC Davis returns to action Saturday at 9 a.m. for the Hornet Invitational. The event, comprised of a women’s 5k and a men’s 4-mile, will be held at Granite Regional Park in Sacramento.
After finishing in a close second at the Big West Championships last April, the Aggies men’s golf team begins its season Monday at the Kansas Invitational.
UC Davis returns all but one golfer from last season’s team, which took fifth at the same event in 2007.
Danielle Contro picked the perfect time to score her first collegiate goal.
With UC Davis trailing 2-1 to No. 29 Central Florida and only 44 seconds remaining in regulation, the junior defender rebounded a missed Aggies shot and fired the ball past the goalie to tie the contest.
She was then part of a UC Davis defense that held off UCF for two overtime periods for a 2-2 tie.
Contro was named Big West Conference Player of the Week for her performance.
The Aggies (1-2-2) will travel across the Causeway on Friday to face Sacramento State (2-2-1) at 5 p.m.