Lauren Wallace’s time of 2 minutes, 2.91 seconds in the 800-meter final Friday at the NCAA Division I Outdoor Track and Field Championships broke her own school record as the UC Davis senior capped her impressive career with All-America first-team honors at Historic Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
Wallace, from Ukiah, finished eighth in the elite race, which was won by LSU’s Natoya Goule. Goule, who also captured the NCAA indoor championship in the 800 during the winter, won in 2:00.06.
“Entering the final, the approach was simply to compete with the knowledge that the pace was going to be honest with Goule up front,” said head coach Drew Wartenburg. “Lauren is a little short on experience having to get out hard and chase and that was the only option today. To have run as fast as she did for eighth place is a huge credit to both her and the women’s field, which was the fastest in recent years.”
Goule led the race from the start, covering the first 200 meters in an estimated 28 seconds. She entered the bell lap at 57.93 and held the lead the rest of the way. Wallace, who qualified with the fifth-fastest time during Wednesday’s prelims, had a fast pace as well but was unable to move up in the pack. She nearly caught Cydney Ross of Duke, who finished in seventh place in 2:02.48.
Wallace’s clocking was well under her previous school record of 2:03.39, which she ran while capturing the Big West championship in May. Entering the season, Rose Criss held the program mark of 2:07.91 — set during the 2001 NCAA Division II Championships.
However, after teammate Shanie Landen broke that record during an afternoon section at Arizona State’s Sun Angel Classic in April, Wallace grabbed it for good later that evening while winning the event’s premiere section (2:04.89). She lowered it again later with her win at the Big West Championships.
Wallace is the first member of the Aggie women’s team to qualify for a laned race final at the national championships during the program’s Division I era. She also becomes its inaugural All-America first-team member for a running event.
Wallace enjoyed a standout career for the Aggies. She is second on the Aggies’ all-time 1,500 list (4:20.99) and ran anchor on UCD’s 4×400 relay, which set a school record (3:37.56) at the NCAA West Prelims.
“First-team All-America honors and sub-2:03 were both on Lauren’s goal sheet coming into this season, and reaching those with some time to fine-tune before USA Outdoors provides a great opportunity,” Wartenburg said.
Davis High football coach Steve Smyte says girls and boys from seventh through 12th grades can benefit from the Blue Devils’ series of Champion Camps — the first of which runs Monday through Thursday.
“Here’s a chance to get personal instruction in advanced athletic performance training from the strength- and fitness-certified DHS coaching staff — and at a minimal fee,” Smyte told The Enterprise.
Sessions include core strength conditioning, speed-agility-quickness conditioning and explosiveness.
The goal, according to Smyte, is to have “linear, lateral and vertical movement to be automatic, explosive and precise.
“Drills are performed in the stadium and weight room with foot ladders, mini-hurdles, plyo-boxes, medicine balls, ropes, chains, bands and weights (upper levels). Beginner, intermediate and advanced athletes are welcomed and campers will be trained based on age, current abilities and experience level.”
The sessions, which will start in the DHS Weight Room, are as follows: Mondays through Thursdays, June 24-27, July 1-3, 8-11 and 15-18.
Groups are divided by grade and go at different times — 2 to 3 p.m. for girls going into grades seven-12 and boys going into seventh and eighth grades; 3 to 4 p.m. for ninth- and 10th-grade boys; and 4 to 5:30 p.m. for upcoming junior and senior boys.
Cost is $25 per session, or buy all five sessions for $100 and get a camp shirt.
Champions Camp registration forms may be downloaded at www.davishighfootball.org/backers or contact Smyte at [email protected]. Athletes doing late sign-ups should arrive 15 minutes before the Monday session of the first week they attend (with registration form, insurance information and cash in hand), says Smyte, adding, “If someone does not have the ability to download the forms there will be hard copies at registration.”
A limited number of athletes will be admitted, so availability will be on a first-come, first-served basis.
Bike Hall of Fame
Ever wonder what a bone-shaker is? Curious about where the term “taking a header” originated? Want to see some of champion cyclist Greg LeMond’s Tour de France memorabilia?
Beginning June 19, get your answers and view the champs’ gear each third Wednesday of a month at 4:30 p.m. as the U.S. Bicycling Hall of Fame staff conducts tours of the national shrine, located at the southwest corner of Central Park.
“We’ll have special tours led by one of our docents,” Hall Assistant Executive Director Kelsey Monahan says.
Hall of Fame membership holders and folks in the Davis Bike Club are free of charge. General-public admission is $5, with seniors, students and children in for $3.
For more information about the Hall of Fame, visit www.usbhof.org.
DHS volleyball camps
The Davis High volleyball camp — open to girls and boys — will run June 17-20 at the DHS South Gym.
The youth camp (kindergarten through eighth grade) runs from 8 to 10 a.m. and the team camp (freshmen through seniors) is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
The youth camp is facilitated by Blue Devil coach Julie Crawford and assorted Davis players. The team camp is administered by guest coaches.
Fees are $100 for the youth camp and $150 for the older kids’ instruction. For registration forms, visit www.dcn.org/dhsvolleyball.
Five Starz volleyball camp
Young volleyball players can receive instruction from college coaches and athletes from Sacramento State and UC Davis at a camp hosted by Five Starz Volleyball Club June 17-20 at Douglass Middle School in Woodland.
The camp, which goes from 9 a.m. to noon each day, is open to boys and girls — beginners or experienced players — who will enter fourth through eighth grades in the fall. The cost is $150 and includes a T-shirt.
Designed to improve each player’s overall skills in a fun and competitive environment, the camp will feature instruction on proper techniques as well as challenging drills applicable to game situations.
For more information or to register, visit www.fivestarzvolleyball.com.
Youth lacrosse camps
The Davis Lacrosse Association is offering summer boys’ and girls’ camps run by former high school and college head coaches Lorne Silverstein and Suzanne Isidor.
Designed for players of all skill levels in grades two through nine, who are interested in developing and refining their playing skills, the camps will feature fun, focused instruction.
The events are sprinkled throughout the summer, starting with boys beginning and intermediate camps, which run from 8 a.m. to noon June 17-20 and July 15-18. A girls beginning and intermediate camp is set for Aug. 12-15 and the cost for each is $135.
For advanced boys players, an Aug. 12-16 camp will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. each day and cost $260.
To register go to www.davislax.org and click “Register Online.” For more information, visit the website or contact Dave Ceppos at [email protected].
Field hockey camps
The 2013 Field Hockey and Conditioning Camp will run June 24-July 27, announced Davis High field hockey coach Sandie Marotti-Huckins.
The camp will meet from 7 to 10 a.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at Ron & Mary Brown Stadium at DHS, all levels of players are welcome. The cost is $450.
Basic and advanced skills, video instruction and chalk talks, baseline fitness testing, flexibility, speed and agility training and performance evaluation all are elements of the camp. Guest coaches will be involved and participants receive a cinch pack bag full of field hockey goodies.
“We will be running a separate session for new players entering sixth through eighth grades,” Marotti-Huckins says. “It will be held June 24-28 and July 8-26 from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays.”
The fee is $225 and includes many of the same items and givebacks as with the conditioning camp.
For more information or registration, contact Marotti-Huckins at [email protected] or call 530-723-3799.
AYSO soccer registration
Registration is now open for the fall season of Davis AYS soccer.
Kids born between Aug. 1, 1994, and July 31, 2009, are eligible and mail-in registrations must be received by June 30 for guaranteed placement on a team.
For more information, visit www.davisayso.org or to find out about volunteering, send an email to [email protected] or inquire at walk-in registration.