Track & Field: Bulldog men take first at home opener today

Fresno State scored 217 points to take first place out of four teams at Warmerdam Field.

March 20, 1999

Fresno, Calif. - Fresno State garnered nine first place finishes to win its home opener at Warmerdam Field today with 217 points surpassing Missouri (154), CS Northridge (142) and CS Fullerton (129) in a four-way meet.

Senior thrower Luke Woydziak out threw his previous personal best by more than eight and a half feet when he recorded a mark of 210-7 in the hammer throw this morning. That mark goes down as the fourth best in Fresno State history. It also provisionally qualifies the senior for the 1999 NCAA Outdoor Championships scheduled to take place in Boise, Idaho, this year.

Senior All-American Mike Ward won three first place finishes in the 200 meters (21.63), the 400 meters (46.98) - a season best, and as part of the 4 x 100 meter relay team (40.75). The relay team made up of Ron Fox, Tierre Sams, Mike Ward and Daunte Burks set a team best of 40.75 for this season. E.J. Jackson was ill with the flu.

Freshman Gabe Orosco of Tulare continued to wrap up races as he clocked a personal best of 1:52.14 to take first in the 800 meters. Senior Ron Murray won the 110 hurdles (15.02) as well as the 400 hurdles (53.26) - both of which are season bests for the veteran hurdler.

And All-American Jim Davis won the pole vault competition with a mark of 17-0 in wet and windy weather. The sprint medley relay team also took first in a time of 3:29.79.

Also, freshman and former Hoover High athlete, Duran Archie, took second in the long jump (22-8 3/4) and the triple jump (47-5) today.

The Bulldogs defeated every team in dual meet scoring as well. The Bulldog men return to action next Saturday at a meet at Sacramento State.

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