'Dogs Open Indoor Season Strong
Junior Je'Nia Sears was the top collegiate finisher in the long jump on Friday at the AFA Invitational.
Junior Je'Nia Sears was the top collegiate finisher in the long jump on Friday at the AFA Invitational.

Jan. 24, 2014

By: Andrew Rich
arich1221@mail.fresnostate.edu
GoBulldogs.com

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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The Fresno State women's indoor track and field season got off to a good start on Friday at the Air Force Invitational, highlighted by good showings in the 400 meter and the long jump events.

Junior Je'Nia Sears was the top collegiate finisher in the long jump with a distance of 19 feet, 11 inches. She enters this season as the defending Indoor Mountain West long jump champion. Teammates Ashley Hatcher (18'1") and Fabrina Espinoza (17'9") finished fifth and eighth, respectively.

Sisters Kyra Johnson and Dezirae Johnson qualified for Saturday's 400 meter finals. Kyra finished third in the prelims with a time of 56.57, while Dezirae ran a 56.90 to finish qualify in fifth.

The Bulldogs also has two runners qualify for tomorrow's finals in the 200 meter. Shakira Lewis ran a 25.23 to finish fifth and Tanae Turner finished in 11th with a time of 25.53.

In the pole vault finals, junior Karissa Bell finished in a tie for fourth with a vault of 11'5". It was Bell's first meet as a member of the Fresno State track team after transferring from Fresno City College.

Meagan McKee finished third with a throw of 62'7" in the weight throw. Fellow thrower Caitlin Byrd recorded a throw of 59'2" to finish sixth.

The Bulldogs will continue competition in the Air Force Invitational on Saturday morning.

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