Sophomore Fiona O’Keeffe winning the women’s 3,200 in dominating fashion was impressive but somewhat expected by Davis High coaches.
But according to Blue Devil mentor Spencer Elliott, it was another sophomore, Willie Hall, who stole the show for DHS at the Sacramento Meet of Champions, contested Saturday at American River College.
“Our athlete of the meet was Willie Hall, whose 1:58.94 breakthrough (in the boys 800 meters) was awesome to watch,” Elliott said. “SMOC is a great late-season meet that helps us prepare for the postseason.”
Hall also was a strong contributor to the Devils’ eighth-place finish (3:24.11) in the men’s 4×400-meter relay race, running his portion in 51.3.
The meet is divided into two levels of varsity competition (boys/girls and men’s/women’s) and Davis posted good showing in both arenas.
Maggie McManis (eighth in 11:10.35) and Sophie Meads (20th) came in behind O’Keeffe’s 10:36.79 in the 3,200 and the sophomore speedster also took sixth in the 800 (2:17.65)
Other locals to run well were Sofia Casteglioni (seventh in the women’s 1,600 at 5:08.84), Blake Croft (fifth in men’s 800, 1:55.85), Alexander McInytre, Ben Roberts, Han-ah Sumner, Guilia McIsaac and Kellen Browning.
On the field, Blue Devil Kyle Clancy posted a 6-03 to take sixth in the men’s high jump, while Nate Harper’s 13-08 was good for third in the boys pole vault and Joseena John took ninth in long jump (15-09).
UCD men’s golf
Senior Matt Hansen was named to the All-Big West first team while sophomore Ben Corfee, from El Macero, received second-team recognition when the conference announced its postseason awards on Wednesday.
Hansen, from Los Osos, is on the all-league team for the fourth consecutive year after earning second-team honors the past three seasons. Corfee’s award is his first.
Both players are enjoying outstanding seasons for UCD, which is currently preparing for the NCAA Auburn Regional next week.
Hansen leads the Aggies with a 70.2 scoring average and has posted five top-five finishes this season including first-place showings in each of his past two tournaments — the El Macero Classic and the Big West Championship.
Corfee is second on the team with a 72.6 scoring average and has finished in the top 20 three times.
UCD women’s tennis
On Wednesday, the Aggies earned an NCAA Public Recognition Award for the seventh straight year for the team’s outstanding Academic Progress Rate.
The NCAA presents Public Recognition Awards on an annual basis to squads whose APRs are among the top 10 percent of all teams in their respective sports.
Wednesday’s announcement covered APRs from the 2012-13 academic year. A total of 1,049 teams, including 631 women’s and 418 men’s or mixed teams, were honored by the NCAA, an increase of 73 from the previous year.
UCD women’s soccer
Aggie soccer standout Taylor Jern is one of 200 student-athletes, selected by the NCAA from a pool of more than 1,100 applications, to receive an invitation to the 2014 Career in Sports Forum set for June 5-8.
Sponsored by the NCAA, this annual event is at the institution’s national office located in Indianapolis, Indiana. A committee made up of administrators from member institutions, conference offices and affiliate member organizations selected this year’s participants, who are brought together to learn and explore potential careers within the world of sports.
Jern, a junior pre-managerial economics major from Corona, played every minute in goal for the Aggies last season, recording a career-high 85 saves, five clean sheets and a 1.26 goals-against average.
UCD track and field
Record-setting performances at the recent Causeway Dual against Sacramento State led to Big West Track Athlete of the Week awards for Aggie sprinters Kaio Sena and Ashley Marshall.
Sena, a senior from San Pablo, earned the men’s honor by helping UCD’s 4×100-meter relay team post a school-record time of 40.27 seconds, then winning the 100-meter dash in 10.42, the second-best time in program history.
Marshall, a junior from Moreno Valley, got the Big West women’s award for the fourth time this season. Marshall was part of a school-record relay at the start of the meet, the Aggies’ winning 4×100 that went 45.02 seconds.
She then lowered her conference-leading time in the 100, winning in a wind-aided time of 11.22, the seventh best time in the nation this season, and capped her day by winning the 200 in a wind-aided time of 23.33.
The Woodland Stallion Station will host the sixth annual Vineyard Classic Combined Driving Event from Friday through Sunday.
The event features three days of carriage driving disciplines: driven dressage, cross country marathon and cones course. The Vineyard Classic is governed and sanctioned by the American Driving Society and will raise money for the United State Driving for the Disabled nonprofit.
“The Vineyard Classic is a wonderful event,” said Merrie Morgan, an accomplished combined driving competitor and instructor. “Of course it gets quite competitive, but it’s also a lot of fun. The event is also exciting because this year we are raising money for a wonderful nonprofit.”
Volunteers are welcomed for the event, which will feature more than 50 competitors showing various breeds, sizes, types of carriages and skill levels of horse and driver.
Admission and parking are free and more information is available at www.vineyardcde.com.
Women’s cycling fundraiser
The Davis Bike Club is partnering with the Women’s Cycling Association to host a fundraiser for the new Women’s Development Program on Sunday at the Brunelle Performance Hall at Davis High School, 315 W. 14th St.
With Amgen Tour of California women’s races set for May 11 (in Sacramento) and May 12 (in Folsom), the local fundraiser will be hosted by cycling personality Bob Roll and film director Kathryn Bertine.
The event, which runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m., will feature a screening of Bertine’s documentary “Half the Road,” about the passion, pitfalls and power of women’s professional cycling, along with a Q & A, silent auction and reception.
Funds will go to the Women’s Development Program, which aims to get more women to ride bikes and encourage all levels of riders. To purchase tickets, visit http://davisbikeclub.org and click on “DBC Women’s Development Program Fundraiser.”
Among those expected to attend are pro cyclist and WCA president Robin Farina, pro cyclist and WCA board member Laura Van Gilder and pro cyclist Emily Kachorek.