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Nick Ellingson (front right) will look to improve on a personal best in the 5-kilometer set last week.
Nick Ellingson (front right) will look to improve on a personal best in the 5-kilometer set last...
TRK | Gaels Look For More Gains In Davis
Release: Saturday 03/07/2013 
by SMC Athletics

DAVIS, Calif. -- The Saint Mary's track team heads to Davis on Saturday with more improvement on its mind as the Gaels compete in the Aggie Open.

This weekend's will be the second meet of the season for Saint Mary's, and it comes one week after several personal bests and a few school records fell at Cal State Stanislaus.

"We're looking to improve on last week," Saint Mary's coach Marty Kinsey said. "We're still in the early stages of our season, so we are still working on building fitness and getting good speed workouts in. These races are more speed workouts than championship style racing."

Nearly every runner that competed last week in Turlock will make the trip up Interstate 80 with the Gaels this week. That means more personal bests, and even perhaps those same school records, will be in the crosshairs yet again.

"We also had a lot of success last weekend as far as personal records and solid first races go," Kinsey said. "We're lookiing to build on that."

Joining the fray this week will be unattached runners Rajpaul Pannu and Trevor Araujo.

Pannu, an all-West Coast Conference competitor and standout for the Gaels in the fall, will make his 2013 debut in the 3-kilometer. He is redshirting this spring, and will compete on his own throughout the season.

Araujo will also make his spring debut at the Aggie Open. He'll do so in the 2-kilometer steeplechase, and will try to lay the foundation for a strong season to come.

Saint Mary's will be back in action next weekend, traveling to Sacramento State to take part in the Hornet Open. After that comes back to back weekends at San Francisco State, before competing on March 29 in the Stanford Invitational.