Sharon Ayala wins the WAC Indoor Track & Field Hammer Throw
February 29, 2008
FRESNO, Calif. - Sharon Ayala put up another stellar performance in the weight throw Friday, winning the event and leading the Bulldogs to fifth after two days of the three day WAC Indoor Track & Field meet in Nampa, Idaho.
With only six events scored, Fresno State has 26.5 points for fifth in the hunt for the WAC title. Hawaii put up 53 points for the current lead, with Nevada in second with 40.5. Idaho's 39 points is good enough for third and Utah State holds fourth with 28. Boise State is in sixth (23) with Louisiana Tech in seventh (16) and New Mexico State rounding out the competition in eighth (8).
Ayala, who provisionally qualified for the NCAA National meet with a toss of 63-9.5, threw a meet-high 59-11 for the gold medal.
Marissa McPhail's 18:06.69 performance in the 5,000m run added more points to Fresno State's total as she took fifth out of the 21 racers. Cara Montes cleared 11-10.75 in the pole vault for sixth place. Nancy Vizcarra tossed a season-best of 52-2.5 in the weight throw for seventh.
With finals in the running events beginning today at 5 p.m., the Bulldogs are in a prime position to move ahead in the standings with a student-athlete in every final slated for Saturday.
Sellick put up the top time while qualifying for the finals in the 1 mile run with a time of 5:07.60. Krystina Jackson's 8.71-second run of the 60m hurdles puts her in the finals as the fourth qualifier. In the 400m dash, Tiera Hilliard timed in at 56.57s to qualify in second. She then went on to qualify for the 200m finals at 24.87s. Rayna White's 7.71s race in the 60m dash was good enough for a spot in the finals. Marina Santana qualified for the finals in the 800m run with a time of 2:18.79.
Field events restart at 1:30 p.m. today with finals in the running events beginning at 5 p.m.
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"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 28 and March 1.