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Friday, September 24, 2021

UC Davis track and field completes competition in Washington

The UC Davis track and field team wrapped up a busy week with solid performances at the University of Washington Open at Dempsey Indoor this past weekend. Senior Lauren Wallace and sophomore Raquel Lambdin finished first and third, respectively, in the 800-meter run.

UC Davis was involved in indoor track and field competition on Friday and Saturday at the Husky Classic, as well. The Aggies posted phenomenal results and were able to carry that spirit and energy into their final competition on Sunday.

“The Aggie women capped off a long weekend that saw some athletes with reduced workloads for today’s meet but featured results that showed a good level of consistency and demonstrated early season strength,” said Aggie coach Drew Wartenburg.

Wallace, the record holder in the 800 with a time of 2:07.48, claimed the event on Sunday in a time of 2:08.01. She was able to edge Bowerman AC’s Lynsay Harper. In addition, Lambdin posted third in the event with a time of 2:09.91.

The Aggies displayed an all-rounded effort from several other runners, as well. Senior Melanise Chapman posted her second fastest time on Sunday at 24.73 in the 200, finishing third. Sophomore teammate Ashley Marshall was just a step behind with a personal best of 24.74. With that, Chapman solidified her No. 2 spot on the Aggies’ all-time list. Furthermore, Chapman claimed second in the 60-meter sprint with a time of 7.58, falling short of tying her personal best 7.52 on Saturday.

In the 400-meter, senior Shanie Landenin captured second place overall at 56.42 seconds, placing her fifth all-time in the Aggie record book.

Senior Emily Bush, who holds a pole vault record of 3.82 meters (12’6.25”) finished third in her section at 3.77 meters. Freshman Danielle Steffena displayed a remarkable effort, finishing second at 3.62 meters.

Sophomore Veronica Smart and Steffen participated in the weight throw as well. Smart posted a mark of 16.54 meters, while sophomore Sarah Hussey finished at 15.31 meters.

The Aggies posted strong performances this past weekend and will be able to catch a breather until next Sunday at Fresno State’s Run for the Dream Invitational.

VEENA BANSAL can be reached at sports@theaggie.org.

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