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Former Aggie center dies after accident

St. AUGUSTINE, Fla. — Marc Manfredda, a UC Davis football stalwart at center in the early 2000s, died Sunday as the result of a recreational accident, The Enterprise has learned.

Center Manfredda stood 6-3, 300 during his playing days and anchored a massive offensive that helped the Bob Biggs-coached Aggies average 400 yards a game. Manfredda was twice named to the all-Great West Conference first team and upon graduation signed with the San Diego Chargers.

“He certainly will be missed,” Biggs said. “He was a great person and a great player. Very tragic. He was arguably one of the best to ever play at Davis. He was in the Shrine All-Star Game and a two-time captain.

“More importantly than that, for some guys it’s just their leadership and their personalities, toughness … You talk to the guys who played with Marc, they’ll tell you — he was unquestionably the leader of the team.”

A 2004 graduate with a degree in community and regional development, Manfredda is survived by his wife, women’s long-drive golf champion and Sacramento State alumna Heather LeMaster. Manfredda was the director of the southeast region of Edwards Moving and Rigging in Florida.

Cal Aggie Hall of Fame

A class of five former UC Davis student-athletes will enter the Cal Aggie Athletics Hall of Fame during an induction ceremony slated for Sept. 4, Director of Athletics Kevin Blue announced.
The class includes water polo player Carmen Eggert, golfer Matt Hansen, gymnast Michelle Kulovitz Alencar, golfer Demi Runas and the late distance runner Sarah Sumpter.
Cloverdale native Sumpter was an inspiration, winning the Big West Conference title and Athlete of the Year award in cross country, then earning a berth in the NCAA West Prelims in the spring of her redshirt freshman season before tragedy struck. The teenager was diagnosed with a brain tumor on the eve of the 2010 cross-country season.
Sidelined the entire school year, Sumpter not only returned to action but dominated: two Big West Conference runner-up finishes in cross country, three Big West individual championships in the 5,000- and 10,000-meter divisions, a Big West Track Athlete of the Year award, an NCAA Outdoor Championships appearance and subsequent second-team All-America finish. She also took a spot in the 2013 USATF Outdoor Championships after her senior year.
Sumpter still holds the school record for the outdoor 10K and indoor 5K. Sumpter continued to run after graduation, eyeing the 2016 Olympic Trials, but had to withdraw from the 2015 NYC Marathon when her health began to deteriorate. She died that September.
She is became the namesake of the Sarah Sumpter Perseverance Award and the Stump Invitational cross country meet (inaugurated 2019).
Eggert, by way of Marin Catholic High,  earned three ACWPC All-America honorable mentions and three all-Big West Conference awards during her career from 2010 to 2013.
Hansen, a Los Osos product, was Big West Conference Freshman of the Year in 2010-11, later earned a  Golfweek All-America honorable mention, a BWC individual title and the Colby E. “Babe” Slater Award as the university’s top male athlete as a senior.
Anaheim’s Kulovitz was UCD’s final national champion in the USAG Collegiate Division, capturing the 2006 all-around title as a sophomore.
Runas, a native of Torrance, was the first golfer to earn the Hubert Heitman Award as the university’s outstanding female athlete of the year, and now will become her program’s first inductee into the CAAHOF. From 2009 to 2013, she earned three Big West Conference Player of the Year awards. Runas, who still holds the program record for scoring average, then became the first UC Davis player to earn an LPGA Tour card.
Recipients of the Aggie Legacy Award and the Special Recognition Award will be announced next week.
The induction ceremony is open to the public. Tickets and RSVP information will be available at ucdavisaggies.com.

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