Ayala leads Bulldogs at Bronco Invite
Feb. 14, 2009
FRESNO, Calif. - Sharon Ayala led Fresno State with a dominating performance in the weight throw at the Bronco Invitational, dominating the weight throw at Saturday's meet.
Ayala, a senior from Avenal, Calif., threw the 20-pound weight 63-feet (19.22 meters) to easily win the event on her third throw of the day. The throw ties Rickael Roach of Southern Illinois for the 17th-best mark in Division I.
The Valentine's Day meet served as the final meet and a preview of the Western Athletic Conference Championship that will take place in Nampa, Idaho.
"There are a lot of good things happening for our team," said head coach Scott Winsor. "We have some women performing really well and ready for the WAC Championships. Coming up here gave us a chance to get accustomed to the runways, the rings, the track, and just to get familiar with the facility, which is a huge advantage for us."
The other Bulldogs in the weight throw continued the team's success, filling in spots three through five in the weight throw. Kayla Xavier marked a 54-4 (16.56m) for third, Nancy Vizcarra's throw of 51-3.75 (15.64m) put her in fourth, and Grace Wiesmann earned fifth with her toss of 50-10 (15.49m).
Xavier also picked up a top finish in the shot put. Xavier tossed a 46-0 on her fifth throw of the day to surpass the competition by nearly four feet.
"Kayla did a good job after a slow start in the prelims, showing great determination and ending with a great fifth throw," said Winsor.
Latrisha Jordan dominated the 400-meter, winning the event with a conference-leading 55.58-second finish.
"Latrisha Jordan did a great job and setting a personal best," said Winsor. "When she learns how to really run the race she's going to be very good."
Rayna White had a silver medal performance in the 60, timing in at 7.81. Two other Bulldogs finished among the top five in the event, as Erica Embry and Vanessa Sautebin took third and fifth respectively.
Sautebin also picked up second in the 60 hurdles with an 8.85. Jordan was just .01 seconds back for third.
White and Embry were among the top five in the 200 as well, as White placed third at 25.56 and Embry was fourth at 25.90.
Fresno State's 4x400 relay team of Sautebin, Embry, Jordan and Laurie Loeffler put together a 3:48.07 to take second behind the host Broncos.
Embry continued her success over on the field, taking third in the long jump with a leap of 17-8.25 (5.39m). Antoinette Burton cleared 5-3 (1.60m) in the high jump to take second. Christina Sando of UC Irvine cleared the same height, but with fewer misses, she took the top spot in the event.
The Bulldogs have a weekend off before returning to Nampa, Idaho for the WAC Indoor Championships.
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