March 28, 2008
FRESNO, Calif. - With only one event scored at the Cal-Nevada Championships, the Fresno State track and field teams are poised to leave their mark at the meet.
Fresno State used the home field advantage on the opening day of the Cal-Nevadas to prove itself as a program to contend with, earning 51 final-round bids. The Bulldogs, who have won each of their team-scored events so far this season, showed off its varying strengths as a nearly equal number of track and field athletes earned final bids.
Roxanne Sellick put up a solid qualifying mark in the 1,500m, winning her heat with a time of 4:43.26. Teammate Marina Santana also earned a bid to the final in the 1,500m timing in at 4:43.83. In the 800, Santana won her heat to automatically qualify for the final with a finish of 2:16.10. Sellick Sellick also earned an automatic qualification, taking second in her heat at 2:14.52.
Rayna White came in second in her heat with a personal-best of 11.98 in the 100m dash to qualify for finals.
Freshman Tiera Hilliard registered a 54.98 in the 400m dash, the day's top time heading into the finals Saturday.
Krystina Jackson won her 100m hurdles heat with a time of 14.52 to represent the Bulldogs in the finals. T'Shara Hicks and Erica McCoy earned spots in the finals for the 400m hurdles with times of 63.69 and 63.91 respectively.
NCAA Regional qualifier Sarah Savage landed a spot in the pole vault final as she cleared 11-9.75. In the high jump, SeShay Doresey cleared the qualifying mark of 5-4 to make the finals for the high jump.
Erica Embry registered a 17-11.5 in the long jump earned a spot in the final for the event. Freshman Shay Miles leapt over 37-4 in the triple jump to secure a spot in the final.
Fresno State put up huge marks in the preliminary throwing rounds. Three freshman, led by Rosario Sanchez, qualified for the final in shot put. Sanchez posted the day's best shot put mark of 48-5 to lead the way into the final tomorrow. Lisa Ma'ake also earned a spot in the final, with a throw of 43-0 and Kayla Xavier put up a third qualifying mark. Junior Sharon Ayala and Jasmine Steward each put up big numbers in the discus throw, earning final round spots. Ayala also landed a spot in the finals of her signature event, the hammer throw, alongside Grace Wiesmann.
Freshman Brooke Pighin's throw of 148-9 in the javelin easily outdistanced the competition, sending her to the final in the first spot.
The only scored event of the day, the 5,000m brought in five points for the Bulldogs as Marissa McPhail and Meredith Hawkins took seventh and eighth respectively. McPhail timed in at 17:46.64 just ahead of Hawkins with 17:48.90.
On the men's side, Erik Fossen's 13.33m triple jump qualified him for Saturday's final. Fossen then went on to earn an automatic qualification in the high jump, clearing 6-6.75.
Gary Lee continued to better his long jump best, leaping 25-4 to lead the way into the final Saturday. Phelps and Fossen also put up qualifying marks for Saturday's long jump.
Oscar Rodriguez threw his way into the shot put final, with a mark of 54-7.25. In the discus, freshman Raul Gonzales became the only Bulldog to reach the final in the event with a throw of 152-11. Rodriguez, Brian Vazquez and Chris Witscher, all of whom are already NCAA Regional qualifiers in the hammer, filled in three of the four top spots in the hammer throw final. Gonzales also earned a spot in the final.
Sophomore Val-Pierre Dai'Re easily overcame the competition in the 110m hurdles with a 14.46 to earn a bid to finals. He later dominated the preliminary 400m hurdles with a time of 53.38 for the top spot going into finals. Freshman Kendrick Young also earned a spot in the finals for the 400m hurdles.
Three Bulldogs qualified for the 200m finals. Freshman Dondre McDonald took second in his heat, with a time of 21.67 less than a tenth behind the winner of the heat. Kenny Moon and Durran Moore also qualified for the final in the 200m, taking second and third respectively in their shared heat. McDonald won his 100m heat with the day's second-best time of 10.74.
Junior Darryl Miller timed in at 48.74 in the 400m for the best time of the day and top spot going into finals Saturday.
Frank Sander's dominated the 800m run, winning his heat in 1:55.07 for a trip to the finals. Junior Byron Reynolds put up a personal best in the event, timing in at 1:54.60 to make the finals. Sanders also qualified for the 1,500m final after winning his heat in 1:55.07.
Erick Garcia scored eight points for the team in the only scored event for Friday, as he took second in the 5,000m run.
Cal-Nevada Championship action begins at 10 a.m. Saturday with field events and 1 p.m. for running events.
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