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Tuesday, September 21, 2021

At critical time, Aggies show brilliance

The Aggies are dialed in.

Will Guthrie and senior Anikia Jackson both hit the ground running for the Big West Multi Meet in Northridge, Calif. this weekend. The rest of the team combined for wins in seven events at the Sacramento State Open.

Guthrie posted a career-best 6,329 points in the heptathlon. His previous best of 6,138 was tallied at last year’s conference championships.

Jackson amassed 5,126 points, the most in school history. On Friday, Jackson finished second in the shot put and third in the 100 hurdles. The next day, she took the first spot in the javelin and second in the long jump. She is the only UC Davis heptathlete to break the 5,000-point barrier.

At Sac State, the Aggies showed that their past successes weren’t flukes as they combined for 30 top five finishes.

The men showcased an impressive show of talent, depth and training in the 400 hurdles. Thomas Phillips put together a season-best performance, turning in a time of 52.36. His other two teammates in the race also had season-best times. Nolan Frazier posted a time of 52.71 for second place, and Jeffrey Campbell went 54.36 for the fourth spot.

Ed Orgon, a junior from Fair Oaks, Calif., highlighted a solid overall team performance. He had three top-three finishes in the meet as he took first in the shot put, second in the discus and third in the hammer.

Fellow thrower Ashley Hearn took first in the discus throw, posting a distance of 164-2. Hearn also went fifth in the shot put.

Melanise Chapman took the 100-meter sprints for the women with a time of 11.95. Her teammate, Abigail Gallaher, took first in a tight 1,500 race, finishing in 4:35.82.

Senior Sirena Williams ran a season-best 13.52 in the 100 hurdles. Her previous best this season came at the Cal-Neva Championships, as she registered a 13.55.

A relay team composed of Stephanie Eckels, Chapman, Shanie Landen and Mina Mohamadi won first, finishing at 46.53.

Guthrie and Jackson will head back to Northridge next week. The rest of the Aggies will accompany them as UC Davis will compete in the Big West Conference Championships beginning Friday.

MATT WANG can be reached at sports@theaggie.org.

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