March 31, 2006
FRESNO, Calif.- The opening day of the Cal-Nevada Championships came to a close Friday evening at Warmerdam Field, with all preliminary events completed despite wet and windy weather conditions throughout the meet.
In a contrast to last year's event which saw a sun-splashed morning turn into a stormy afternoon, Friday's early-morning rain forced the postponement of just two events (men's and women's pole vault prelims) that will now be contested as finals on Saturday. Spectators were later treated to a windy afternoon under sunny skies before the rain arrived again during the final event of the day.
When it was all said and done, individual qualifiers from Friday's prelims had locked up spots in Saturday's event finals. Tomorrow's competition gets underway with the men's hammer throw at 10:30 a.m. while the first running event (women's 4x100-meter relay) is scheduled for 2 p.m.
Fresno State squad members registered impressive performances throughout the day. On the men's side, D.J. Haynes established a personal-best with the third-best mark in the discus at 170-0 (51.83m) to qualify for NCAA Regionals. Brian Vazquez, who has already qualified for NCAA Regionals in the hammer throw, also notched a personal-best with a toss of 191-3 (58.30m) to own the top mark among the field.
The women fared just as well. Aspen Marshall became an NCAA Regional qualifier in the shot put when her toss of 47-1.75 (14.37m) was good enough for second overall in the prelims. In the discus, Katie Richardson and La'Sha Hill held down the top two spots. Richardson (162-9) and Hill (151-4) have both already qualified for the postseason in that event.
Mallory Webb dominated the javelin competition, reaching the best mark of the day at 164-2 (50.05m). Brianna Hinga of UC Davis was the next closest participant at 141-0 (42.98m).
Only one event- the women's 5,000-meter run- was scored on Friday. As a result of that race, Cal State Los Angeles (women) and UCLA (men) are the current meet leaders.
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