Sears Highlights Indoor Track and Field in Seattle

    Feb. 1, 2014

    By: Andrew Rich
    arich1221@mail.fresnostate.edu
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    SEATTLE -- The Fresno State women's indoor track and field team wrapped up competition on Saturday at the University of Washington Invitational with several solid efforts from individual athletes.

    For the second meet in-a-row, Je'Nia Sears finished as the top collegiate finisher in the long jump. The junior from Fresno tallied a 19'-08.75" (6.01m) to put her more than a foot ahead of any other collegiate competitor. Teammate Ashley Hatcher finished with the fifth-best collegiate jump, registering an 18'-00.25" (5.49m).

    Shakira Lewis won her heat in the 60-Meter Dash on Saturday morning with a time of 7.73 seconds, then went even faster in her final with a 7.56 to finish with the second-best collegiate time.

    Dezirae Johnson finished the 400-Meter with a time of 56.91 seconds to post the second-best time. Her sister, Kyra Johnson ran a 57.11 to finish with the No. 3 time. Sophomore Melanie Baran ran a 2:15.42 to finish second in her section and ninth overall. It was Baran's first race of the indoor season.

    In the throwing events, Meagan McKee launched a 45'-00.25" (13.72m) in the shot put to finish with the eighth-best distance. The senior from San Jose recorded a 63'-06.75" in the weight throw to record the No .2 throw. Teammate Caitlin Byrd had a weight throw of 50'-02.50" to finish 12th.

    Fresno State will be back in action in two weeks when they travel back to Seattle for the UW Husky Classic.

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