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Thursday, April 18, 2024

Aggie Digest: Track and Field

Aggie track and field has an insatiable appetite for breaking records.

Last Sunday at Stanford’s Payton Jordan Invitational, senior Caitlin Fitzgerald was a highlight, breaking the UC Davis women’s steeplechase record in 10 minutes, 26.16 seconds.

Fitzgerald broke the nine-year-old record that was set by Heather Gibson in 2002. Her time was a five-second improvement from her previous career-best.

Teammate Samantha Kearney also moved up the program’s career list, finding the No. 3 spot with a time of 10:42.04.

Freshman Nathan Strum finished fourth in the 1,500 in three minutes, 48.41 seconds, a personal best by three seconds. Strum’s time lands him at No. 6 on the Aggies’ all-time list.

The Aggies also participated at the Asics/Steve Scott Invitational hosted by UC Irvine. Eddie Orgon finished third in the shot put at 56 feet, 11.25 inches, good for fourth all-time for UC Davis. Chidinma Onyewuenyi finished second in the shot put with a mark of 47-9. Maurice Spikes finished second in the high jump, clearing 6-6.75.

UC Davis’ next event will be the Big West Conference Championships. UC Irvine will host this meet, providing the Aggies a preview of the host site.

– Grace Sprague

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