Bulldog Men's Track and Field Team Takes Second at USTCA Challenge in Florida

Fresno State earns 161 points to take second place in a four-way meet in Gainesville, Fla.

May 2, 1999

Gainesville, Fla. - After travelling all day Saturday to get there, the Fresno State mens track and field team finished in second place with 161 points at the USTCA Challenge hosted by the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla., today. The Gators won the four-way meet with 221 points while the University of Illinois came in third with a team score149 and Florida State in fourth with 134.

Five Bulldog men in all won their events in this long awaited meet. Senior and 400 meter relay All-American Mike Ward (Salinas, Calif.) ran a season best time of 46.86 to win the 400 meter race and as well as taking third in the 200 meters with a time of 21.08. All-American pole vaulter Jim Davis (Godley, Texas) cleared another provisional qualifying height of 17-5 3/4 to beat the competition in his event.

Junior distance runner Tim Padilla (Coarsegold, Calif.) won the 3,000 meter steeplechase clocking a time of 9:16.83 - less than a second off his personal best.

The throwers also had success in the field events with senior Luke Woydziak (Reno, Nev.) winning the hammer throw with his second best throw of his career - 212-5. And freshman Matt Drinkwalter (Billings, Mont.) threw the shot put a distance of 53-7 3/4 to take first in the event.

The men are now 9-2 in dual meet action and will return to action this Friday, May 7, at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., and on Saturday, May 8, at the Modesto Relays.

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