Peterson and Sumpter enter UC Davis record books

It was a landmark weekend for the Aggies as two of the team’s top distance runners made their mark on UC Davis track and field history.

Junior Sarah Sumpter set the UC Davis record in the women’s 10,000-meter on Friday at the Stanford Invitational — breaking a mark that had stood for 29 years. Later that day, senior Jonathan Peterson set the university’s 10K men’s record.

Overall, the Aggies had several strong performances over the weekend as competitors placed in both the San Francisco State Distance Carnival and the Stanford Invitational.

Friday — San Francisco State Distance Carnival
While no records were broken in San Francisco, several Aggies did find ways to place near the top of their events.

Freshman Lawrence Doherty took second in the men’s 400-meter while sophomore Kristine Lozoya was runner-up in the women’s 5,000-meter.

Sophomore Melinda Zavala took third in the 800-meter.

Friday and Saturday — Stanford Invitational
Sumpter’s record-breaking 10,000-meter placed her 22nd at Stanford on Friday while Peterson’s milestone landed him in 12th.

“Capping the night off with two school records is a great way to finish the day,” coach Drew Wartenberg said. “Sumpter and Peterson posted times that will figure on the national scene as we move forward.”

Katie Barber finished fourth in the high jump while Emily Bush took the same spot in women’s collegiate pole vault on Friday.

Saturday also featured solid performances for UC Davis.

Sophomore Brandon Greenberg was the highlight of the day for the Aggies as he took first place in the shot put.

Senior Lauren Radke took fourth in the women’s invitational pole vault.

UC Davis will return to action Thursday at the Mondo Mid-Major Challenge in Sacramento.

TREVOR CRAMER can be reached at sports@theaggie.org.

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