DAVIS, Calif. — The Sacramento State outdoor track & field teams made their season debut at the Aggie Open over parts of Friday and Saturday. The Hornets did not compete in all events, instead using the competition as a tune-up for the outdoor season.
Sacramento State had many athletes compete in the discus, hammer and javelin — three events that are not held during the recent indoor season. Several athletes who redshirted during the indoor season also competed for the first time with the Green and Gold.
"Overall we had some good marks for our first meet," Sacramento State head coach Jeff Magley said. "We are now ready to go full strength when we come home next week."
The teams will host the Hornet Invitational next weekend at Hornet Stadium. The two-day meet will begin with the first day of the heptathlon and decathlon as well as the hammer on Friday. The multis and main program of the meet will take place on Saturday.
WOMEN'S FIELD HIGHLIGHTS
Sacramento State set a pair of school top 10 marks and finished first in four events at the Aggie Open.
Kathleen Durand won the hammer on Friday night with a career best of 177-08. That throw moved Durand into fifth place in school history. She was followed in the meet by six teammates who all placed among the top 10. Morgan Jones was third at 160-11 while Jelaia Jones finished fourth at 155-02.
Selena Cisneros-Haefke had the top mark in the javelin with a throw of 141-04. Cisneros-Haefke improved her career best by nearly three feet and now ranks seventh in the Hornet record book. Freshman Rhaven Dean was second in the event with a best of 128-03.
Danielle Brandon recorded the third field event victory for the team after finishing first in the pole vault. Brandon, who finished second at the Big Sky indoor championships, cleared 12-11.50 to win the event by six inches.
Lauren Wong claimed first place in the triple jump. The freshman jumped 36-06.75 in her first career outdoor collegiate meet and edged the closest competitor by just over an inch.
Sacramento State had four of the top five marks in the discus. Adora Garrick was second at 136-02 while Durand finished third at 133-10. Jelaia Jones (132-01) and Danielle Jackson (123-09) completed the top five.
Sydney Pink finished among the top five in two events. Pink was second in the high jump with a successful attempt at 5-03.25 and was fifth in the long jump (16-11.25).
MEN'S FIELD HIGHLIGHTS
Jevin Kitchen had the top mark in the high jump. The freshman cleared 6-06.00 and was four inches beyond the closest competitor.
Kyle Peterson placed first in the discus and third in the hammer. The junior, who won a Big Sky indoor championship two weeks ago, threw the discus 166-01. He added a hammer throw of 164-01 on Friday night.
WOMEN'S TRACK HIGHLIGHTS
Cassidy Zurn posted the fastest time in the 100-hurdles for the team's lone individual event win on the track. Zurn ran 14.59 and led a sweep of the top three spots by the Hornets. Arteara Coffey was second in 14.61 and Carly Schulz placed third in 14.67.
The women's 4x400 relay team of Lauren Wong, Shilah Bedingfield, Mikayla Revera and Schulz finished first with a time of 3:48.46. That time was 17.21 seconds faster than the six other teams in the field.
MEN'S TRACK HIGHLIGHTS
The 4x100 relay team of Andre Lindsey, Clinton Spellman, Calvin Spellman and Demetrius Douglas finished second after running 42.31. The team was comprised of three freshman who were competing outdoors for the first time at Sacramento State.
Clinton Spellman finished third in the 100 after running 10.94. He was also fourth in the 200 in 22.22. Those two finishers were the highest placements for the team in a running event.