School and Personal Records Fall at Fresno Weight Pentathlon
Feb. 16, 2008
FRESNO, Calif. - The Bulldogs marked up school and personal record books Saturday at the Fresno Weight Pentathlon at Warmerdam Field.
The event brought out the Fresno State throwers and unattached competitors attempting to put up big marks for the indoor season or brush off the dust for the upcoming outdoor season.
Junior Sharon Ayala broke the Fresno State Record in the hammer throw with her toss of 193-0 (58.82m). Her mark bests the former record of 191-11 set by Staci Darden in 1998. Ayala also put up the day's best mark in the weight throw of 62-9.5 (19.14m), another NCAA qualifying mark.
Other competitors put up new records of their own.
Jasmine Stewart, a freshman, won the women's discus throw with a personal best of 137-1 (41.78m).
Brooke Pighin's javelin throw of 139-7 (42.56m) was the best mark of the day.
In the weight throw, freshman Nancy Vizcarra took second behind Ayala with a personal best of 52-11.5 (16.14m). Lisa Ma'ake also put up a personal record in the event with a toss of 47-10 (14.58m).
Junior Cindy Rojas won the overall pentathlon with 3,006 points on the day. Pighin finished in second with 2,415.
Bulldog throwers participated in the pentathlon as well, competed unattached as a warm up for the upcoming outdoor season.
Senior Dave Endler won the overall pentathlon marks, scoring 3,983 points overall.
"It was a good day, I'm just disappointed I didn't hit the 4,000 point mark," said Endler.
Endler had the day's top marks in the shot put, discus throw and hammer throws. His hammer throw of 189-10 (57.86m) marked a new personal best.
"I guess I'll just have to come out again next year," he said. "But it was a good event to feel out how you're doing with the season starting soon."
Sophomore Oscar Rodriguez came in second overall with 3,437 points. Rodriguez's 56-0 (17.07m) in the weight throw topped all competitors. He also took second in the shot put and hammer throws.
Freshman James Nenadal won the javelin throw with a toss of 140-6 (42.83m).
"It was a really good day for all of our throwers today," said Fresno State throwing coach Ramona Pagel. "We're just kind of feeling things out. We're two weeks out from the WAC championships and we're sitting really well. I'm really happy with where we're at right now."
The WAC Championships begin on Feb. 29 and run through March 2 in Boise, Idaho. The Bulldog's outdoor season begins on March 8 at UC Davis.
"Join the State - Fresno State!" - The Fresno State men's and women's track teams will compete in the WAC Indoor Track Championships in Boise, Idaho February 29 and March 1. Follow all the action at www.gobulldogs.com