Matt Chisam, a former UC Davis track and field captain (2005), took fourth at the USATF National Indoor Championships in the heptathlon, scoring 5,443 points. Chisam still holds the top mark ever for an Aggie, which he set at 5,074 in 2005.
The indoor heptathlon is contested over two days and involves seven events: the 60m, long jump, shot put and high jump on day one, with the 60m hurdles, pole vault and 1,000m occurring on day two. Marks from each event are converted into points, meaning athletes need to excel in every discipline to score well.
Chisam’s top mark came in the 60m hurdles, where he clocked an 8.37 to score 891 points. He also cracked the 800-point barrier in the pole vault, jumping 4.65m for 804 points, placing him second only to two-time overall winner Jake Arnold.
Chisam will now turn his attention to the decathlon, an event where he still ranks No. 2 all-time at UC Davis. He was able to qualify for and compete in last summer’s Olympic Trials in the decathlon, and looks to have similar fortunes at this summer’s Outdoor National Championships.
Reigning Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Player of the Week Alex Tickner scored five goals to help California ride an 8-1 start into a 13-6 win over UC Davis at Memorial Stadium on Sunday.
The Aggies dip to 2-3 overall and in conference play. The Golden Bears improve to 4-3 for the season and 2-0 in MPSF games.
Sophomore Christina Corsa had two goals and an assist to lead UC Davis offensively. She also picked up two ground balls and won a pair of draw controls. Sophomore Gina Hoffmire added two goals for the Aggies, while juniors Molly Peterson and Britt Farquharson each had one.
Corsa and Hoffmire each accounted for one goal in a relatively defense-oriented second half, but Cal’s 9-4 halftime margin was too much for UC Davis to overcome.
The Aggies start a three-game homestand on Wednesday against Vermont. The game is set to begin at 7 p.m.
A member of the Davis Alpine Ski and Snowboard team, graduate student Tess Weathers won the gold medal the giant slalom at the USCSA National Championships in Winter Pass, Colo. on Saturday.
Aggie Digest is compiled by the California Aggie sports staff with briefs from the UC Davis athletics website, ucdavisaggies.com.