Bulldogs Battle Cal Poly
    Grace Wiesmann won the hammer throw for the second week in a row, setting a new personal best in the event.
    Grace Wiesmann won the hammer throw for the second week in a row, setting a new personal best in the event.

    March 14, 2009

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    FRESNO, Calif. -

    Grace Wiesmann picked up her second-straight win in the hammer throw to lead the Bulldogs at the annual Cal-Poly/Fresno State Dual in San Luis Obispo, Calif., Saturday.

    Despite the Bulldog's 13 first-place finishes, Fresno State fell short to the Mustangs in the dual on both the men's and women's side. Cal Poly's men overcame the Bulldogs, 106-96, while the Mustang's women downed Fresno State, 120-77.

    Wiesmann, who won the hammer at last year's Fresno State/Cal Poly Dual to earn a bid to the NCAA Regional, out-distanced the competition by setting a new personal-best and new regional-qualifying mark of 178-feet, 2-inches (54.31 meters). Kayla Xavier took second with a 165-7.75 (47.31m) and Nancy Vizcarra was third at 155-2.5 (47.31m).

    Xavier picked up second place in the discus, her first of three events on the day. She sent the discus out to a new personal-best mark of 143-2.5 (43.65m). Vizcarra also picked up a personal-best launching the disc to 134-8 (41.05) to take third.

    Xavier also picked up second in the shot put, marking a 45-8.75 (13.94m). The fourth throwing event, the Jacqueline Vazquez picked up second with a throw of 113-6 (34.59m).

    The Bulldogs picked up four first-place finishes on the track. Vanessa Sautebin picked up Fresno State's first top-place finish, winning the 100-meter hurdles at 14.16 seconds.

    Tiera Hilliard topped the competition in the 400, timing a 57.69. Janev Morris was less than a second back at 59.61 for third. Latrisha Jordan dominated the 400 hurdles, taking first with a season-best 1:00.85.

    Fresno State easily bested Cal Poly in the 4x400 relay. Fresno State clocked a 3:49.57 to beat the Mustangs by nearly ten seconds.

    In the women's fastest race, the 100, Shanelle Stephens took second, clocking a 12.20, with Rayna White hot on her heels at 12.45. White went on to pick up second in the 200 with a season-best 25.51. Sautebin was third in the race at 25.63.

    Stevie Brumwell led the Bulldogs in the 800, taking third in the two-lap race. Brumwell timed in at 2:35.13.

    In the jumping events, Cara Montes cleared a season-high 11-6 (3.51m) to take second, while Courtney Castaneda set a new personal-best in the long jump, leaping 17-11.25 (5.47m) for third.

    The Fresno State men dominated competition with quality wins in the throwing and jumping events.

    The Bulldog throwers finished first in every throwing category with junior Tim Greene and sophomore Raul Gonzales stealing the show. Greene and Gonzales went one-two in the discus and hammer throws. In the disc, Greene heaved the discus 163-8 (49.91m), while Gonzales threw for 158-6 (48.32m). The hammer throw went quite similar with Greene and Gonzales topping the charts at 163-8.75 (49.91m) and 158-6.25 (48.32m).

    The `Dogs jumping events were highlighted by senior Erik Fossen. Fossen placed first in the long jump and the triple jump, while finishing just shy of first in the high jump. Fossen's long jump of 23-2 (7.08m) was a full foot farther than the second place finisher. Fossen leaped for 47-3 (14.41m) in the triple and cleared 6-6.5 (2.00m) in the high jump..

    On the track, sophomore Kendrick Young championed the 400 hurdles. Young also finished third in the 110 hurdles. Val-Pierre Dai'Re had a great day, taking the top spot in the 400 at 48.69, while Darryl Miller finished right behind him in second at 49.23. Frank Sanders finished second in the 800, running a 1:53.28.

    The 4x400 relay took second, clocking in at 3:17.30, just a tick behind the Mustangs.

    The Bulldogs travel to Los Angeles next weekend for the USC Invitational.

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