Led by five gold medals on the women’s side, Fresno State grabs third place at 2016 Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field Championships
Harrison, Moncur-Blue, McKee and Cabias represent the 'Dogs amongst the best in the country.
This is the second year in a row Meagan McKee was awarded the top women's honor.
Fresno State earned medals in 11 events to end their last WAC Championship.
18 Bulldogs competed in the Invitational Division.
Scott Winsor enters his eighth season (2015-16) as the head coach of the Fresno State men's and women's track and field programs. Prior to Fresno State, Winsor spent 20 seasons as an assistant coach at Notre Dame focusing on jumps. Winsor was hired on July 10, 2008.
In seven seasons under Winsor's direction the 'Dogs have qualified 85 student-athletes to compete in postseason NCAA competition, produced 27 individual conference champions as well as six relay team championships.
Eight Fresno State student-athletes traveled to the 2015 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship West Preliminaries in Austin, Texas under the direction of Winsor to compete in nine events at the conclusion of its regular season. The Mountain West champion women's 4x400-meter relay team advanced to the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships in Eugene, Ore., by setting a new school record at Mike A. Meyers Stadium. Additionally, Mountain West 400-meter hurdles champion Kyra Johnson claimed one of 12 spots out of the West Preliminary Round in the 400-meter hurdles to advance to the NCAA Finals.
Following the season's competition schedule, the Bulldogs men's and women's teams earned All-Academic Team honors from the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA) for its work in the classroom. The men's team achieved its highest GPA in the last five years, sporting a 3.06 GPA during the 2014-15 school year. The Fresno State women earned its sixth consecutive USTFCCCA All-Academic award, tabbing a 3.05 cumulative GPA last season.
In addition to national academic honors, 26 track and field student athletes were named to the 2015 Academic All-MW team, while 13 of those individuals maintained a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better to be named to the MW Scholar Athlete team.
Nine Bulldogs qualified for NCAA West Prelims under Head Coach Winsor this season. Je'Nia Sears and Meagan Mckee went on to compete in the 2014 NCAA Championships. Sears continued to shine this season under coach Baptista. For the second year in a row she set an all-time school record in the outdoor long jump with a leap of 20'5". Sears finished ninth out of 24 competitors at the NCAA Championships in women's long jump and earned Second-Team All-America honors. Meagan McKee closed her career with an 18th place finish at the NCAA Championships in the women's hammer throw.
10 student-athletes were able to make the Bulldogs All-Time List this season. Kyra Johnson and Dezirae Johnson were able to put their mark on the track. Both of them were added to the All-Time Records List in the 400m hurdles. They weren't the only Bulldogs to be added the list this season, Coach Baptista had 3 other student-athletes, for a total of five earn spots on the `Dogs All-Time list. Kevin Poythress in the 3000m steeplechase ran in a time of 9:00.06 and recorded the ninth-best time in Fresno State history. This season Dash threw a life time best in the hammer throw to earn him the #8 spot on the Bulldogs All-Time List. Sandri had similar success under the coach Misipeka. He threw a life-time best this season in the discus which put him #4 All-Time in the Bulldogs record books.
During the indoor season Carina Mendoza took ninth place in the 3000m at the Mountain West Championships. Mendoza also broke the indoor school record by more than seven seconds when she posted a time of 9:40.42 at the UW Invitational in the 3000m. The Fresno State distance medley team of Mendoza, Ja'Nia Sears, Melanie Baran, and AnneMarie Schwanz finished fourth with a time of 12:17.98 at the Mountain West Championships.
In the classroom the Bulldogs continued to make improvements under Coach Winsor. This season 11 Bulldogs were named Mountain West Scholar-Athletes. This award requires the student-athletes to have a 3.5 cumulative grade point average and have completed two academic terms. 14 Track and Field Bulldogs were awarded Academic All-Mountain West honors this season. In order to earn this award you much have a 3.0 or better grade point average, have completed one academic term and be a starter or significant contributor to your team.
In his fifth season leading the Bulldogs, Coach Winsor was able to lead 14 members of the Fresno State track and field time to the NCAA West Preliminary Round, the most qualifiers in four years. 12 individuals from the Fresno State men's and women's track and field team were named All-Mountain West as well as both men's relay teams. Eight Bulldogs worked to get on the All-Time list in 13 events this season.
This season the dogs were able to produce a NCAA All-American in Je'Nia Sears who set all-time school records in the long jump in both indoor (20-10.75) and outdoor (20-5.75) under the tutelage of coach Baptista. Sears earned the Indoor Mountain West Championship and also qualified for the NCAA Preliminary Round in both circuits.
Meagan McKee claimed the Mountain West title in the hammer throw with a throw of 204'-03" (62.26m) that set a personal record and marked the #2 all-time hammer throw in Fresno State history. Her throws teammate J'Quyra Moncur-Blue placed third with a mark of 189'-06" (57.75m) and Tawnya Turton finished sixth with a throw of 180'-07" (55.05m). Michelle Rose set a new career-best distance of 149'-11" (45.70m) to earn a second-place finish at the Mountain West Championships. Her throw ranks as the #6 distance in Fresno State school history. The throws team's Indoor season was highlighted by Maegan McKee winning the Mountain West Championship in the women's weight throw with a toss of 64'-2.25" (19.56m).
The distance team had great success this season, five Bulldogs made the Fresno State All-Time List in nine events. Carina Mendoza and Anne Marie Schwanz both made the All-Time list in 3 events each. Mendoza is ranked #9 in the 3000m with a time of 9:56, #5 in the 5000m with a time of 16:51.21and #4 in the Steeplechase with a time of 10:47.17 thanks to coach McManus. Schwanz, earned a #10 ranking in the 3000m with a time of 9:57.22, #9 in the 800m with a time of 2:10.79 and #6 in the 1500m with a time of 4:31.43. Stella Kubasch also made her mark on the All-Time list with an 800m run of 2:10.05 which makes her #5. Saylah Bersarian worked her way under coach McManus to the #7 spot in the 1500m with a time of 4:33.66. On the men's side, Michael Jamieson earned the #5 spot on the All-Time list with a run of 1:49.14 in the 800m.
Coach Winsor's team had one of its best overall performances at the Western Athletic Conference Championships in 2012 with a combined seven championship titles and 30 medals. Devin Harrison was named WAC Freshman of the Year after winning the long jump and earning a second gold medal as a member of the WAC Champion 4x400m relay team.
Winsor guided 11 student-athletes to qualifying for the NCAA regionals in Fresno State's final season in the WAC, the most the `Dogs have sent since 2008 when 17 of Winsor's student-athletes qualified.
Four of Winsor's student-athletes were named to the 2012 Men's and Women's Division I All-Academic Track & Field team by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches. On the men's side, rising sophomore jumper Devin Harrison received the All-Academic honor, while senior thrower J'Quyra Moncur-Blue, junior thrower Meagan McKee and former Bulldog javelin thrower Christina Cabias represented the 'Dogs on the women's side.
Both the men's and women's teams earned the distinction as All-Academic teams in 2012 by recording at least a 3.00 cumulative GPA. The women recorded a team GPA of 3.25 and the men recorded a team GPA of 3.03.
Winsor sent six qualifiers to the NCAA Regionals and had three student-athletes earn individual WAC Championships. Rosario Sanchez won the WAC Indoor shot put title, Justin Lovingood earned the triple jump Title and J'Quyra Moncur-Blue earned the hammer throw title and advanced to the NCAA Championships.
Under Winsor, the Bulldogs had 34 student-athletes named to the All-Academic USTFCCCA Team. The men's team had 11, while the women's team had 23. Moncur-Blue was also named the 2011 WAC Most Outstanding Field Performer.
The Bulldogs finished in sixth place at the 2011 WAC Indoor Championships. During the outdoor season, the `Dogs took fourth place for both men's and women's WAC Championships.
Winsor's outdoor team saw 11 student-athletes qualify for the NCAA Regionals and four student athletes earned individual WAC Championships. The indoor and outdoor teams combined for a total of 21 All-WAC honors in Winsor's second season. Thrower Rosario Sanchez finished 13th at the NCAA National Championships, recording a career-best throw of 52-9.50 in the shot put.
At the 2010 WAC Outdoor WAC Championships, senior Frank Sanders recorded two individual titles in the 1500-meter and the 800-meter. Paul Zwama won the 5000-meter WAC title and Latrisha Jordan won the 400-meter hurdles for the second year in a row.
Academically in 2010, Winsor's team had 32 Academic All-WAC honorees, and Moncur-Blue was named to the All-Academic USTFCCCA Team. Overall the women's team was named USTFCCCA All-Academic in 2010.
With even further success off the track and field, Winsor's team continues to improve their Academic Progress Rate scores. The latest APR data released by the NCAA after the 2010 school year reflected scores on the Fresno State campus not only continued to rise, but by and large surpassed goals set forth by the athletic department just years ago.
The NCAA standard APR score is set at 925. All three track and field groups have surpassed this standard with both the women's indoor and outdoor team scoring a 939 and the men's outdoor team scoring a 930. All three team improved their score from the last review by two to four points.
In his first season, Winsor's Bulldogs brought home three All-American honors, 17 NCAA Regional qualifiers (21 entries) and six (five outdoor/one indoor) individual WAC Championships. The indoor and outdoor teams combined for a total 46 All-WAC honors under one season of Winsor's direction.
Thrower Sharon Ayala earned All-American honors in the weight throw during the indoor season and then in the hammer during the outdoor season. Ayala was the first NCAA Indoor qualifier for Fresno State since 1999, setting a new Fresno State record of 66'-6" (20.26 meters) and taking sixth at the NCAA Championships.
During the 2009 outdoor season, Ayala repeatedly smashed the Bulldog record for the hammer throw and marked the third-best throw in the country of 218-3 (66.52m) en route to a sixth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. She also set a new hammer stadium record at Utah State's Ralph Maughan Track in Logan, Utah, during the WAC Outdoor Championships, where she picked up her fourth conference crown.
Latrisha Jordan nabbed All-American honors in the 400-meter hurdles during her rookie campaign. Jordan broke the Fresno State record in the event early in the year and continued to better her mark throughout the season, ending the season with a new Bulldog record of 58.14. By the end of the season, Jordan had won the WAC crown for the 400 meter hurdles, earned WAC Freshman of the Year honors and advanced to the NCAA Championships. The freshman defied the odds, overcoming a No. 27 ranking entering the meet to finish eighth for All-American status.
At the Outdoor WAC Championships, both the men's and women's teams found success in the relays. The teams mirrored each other in the events - both the men and the women won the 4x400 relay at the conference meet. Jordan also anchored the WAC title-winning 4x400 relay team.
The four-some of Vanessa Sautebin, Tiera Hilliard, Janev Morris and Jordan, combined for a time of 3:39.85 to win the conference crown, a first for the Bulldogs since 1994. The team went on to take sixth at the NCAA Regional.
The men also had success in 2009. Michael Barragan, Kendrick Young, Val-Pierre Dai'Re and Darryl Miller won the 4x400 relay at the WAC Championships to move on to the NCAA Regional where they took seventh.
As the Director of Track and Field, Winsor also oversees the cross country programs. After hiring Sean McManus as the cross country coach, Winsor saw immediate results in the teams, culminating in the Bulldog's first NCAA Championship qualifier since 1980. McManus coached Erick Garcia to an appearance at the NCAA Championships and to a Fresno State 10K record of 29:40.85 at the NCAA West Regional in Palo Alto, Calif.
The Fresno State track and field program also made an academic statement in 2009. Twenty-five Bulldogs earned Academic All-WAC honors, two earned Academic All-District honors and five earned USTFCCCA All-Academic honors. ESPN the Magazine named Evan Young a first-team Academic All-District honoree before receiving the "Bulldog of the Year" honor. The award honors the two student-athletes that set the standard for the Bulldog experience through their athletic accomplishments, academic triumphs and community at Fresno State. Grace Wiesmann, one of the team's 21 NCAA Regional qualifiers, also earned academic honors from ESPN the Magazine. Wiesmann was named to the second team Academic All-District.
During his time in South Bend, Winsor served as an assistant coach to Joe Paine, working with both jumpers and throwers for 15 years.
After Notre Dame expanded its staff in 2003, Winsor could finally focus solely on the jumping events. Winsor's record of success is an impressive one. During his tenure at Notre Dame, he coached 13 All-Americans and 25 NCAA Regional Qualifiers. After entering the Big East in 1996, Winsor coached 23 Big East Conference Champions and five conference record-setting student-athletes. Winsor coached his athletes to 20 qualifications for the NCAA Championships, with finishes among the top 10 in the country on 11 occasions.
Winsor's athletes have pursued excellence in the classroom as well as on the field. Two of Winsor's athletes earned Academic All-American honors and one student-athlete was named an NCAA Post Graduate Scholarship Winner.
In the 2008 season, the men's team at Notre Dame won the Big East championship as Winsor and the rest of the Irish coaching brigade were named the Big East Men's Coaching Staff of the Year, the 11th such award for the staff.
Winsor's record with women's pole vaulting fits seamlessly with the tradition of pole vault excellence at Fresno State. In 2008, Winsor coached Mary Saxer to the Big East title, Big East record and Notre Dame record of 13'-6.75" in the pole vault. Winsor's guidance also helped Jamie Volkmer evolve as the pioneer in women's pole vault at Notre Dame, winning seven All-Big East citations and becoming the first Irish female vaulter to clear the 13-foot barrier.
Under Winsor, Notre Dame broke new ground in 1997 as Jennifer Engelhardt became the first member of Notre Dame's women's track & field team to qualify for the NCAA Championships in a field event. Engelhardt placed ninth in the indoor high jump en route to the first of her three All-America honors.
Winsor also coached Tameisha King to long jump All-America honors four times including top-eight finishes in both the indoor and outdoor NCAA events in 2003. Some of Winsor's notable protégés on the men's side include two-time long jump All-American Marshaun West and indoor pole vault All-American Mike Brown.
ADDITIONAL COACHING EXPERIENCE:
Prior to his arrival at Notre Dame in 1988, Winsor spent two years as the varsity track coach at Fulton High School in Middleton, Mich., as well as one season as an assistant at his alma mater, Loras College in Dubuque, Iowa.
A 1987 graduate of Loras College with a bachelor's degree in physical education, Winsor was a standout performer on the track squad, specializing in the jumping events. He was the team's captain for his final two seasons, helping Loras College win the 1987 Iowa Intercollegiate Athletic Conference title. For nearly two decades, he also held the school record in the outdoor high jump 7'-0".
Winsor went on to earn his masters of science in administration from University of Notre Dame in 1995.
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