Bulldogs Tally Impressive Performances At Fresno Relays
April 3, 2004
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FRESNO, Calif.- Saturday's competition at the 76th annual Bob Mathias Fresno Relays was highlighted by the university, open and elite divisions, as well as standout performances by the area's large high schools.
Clovis West (82) edged Edison (75) for first place on the men's side in the high school division, while Edison claimed the women's title with 83 points. Centennial was the women's runner-up at 76.
On the men's side, Joe Vasquez (Selma, Calif.) established a new personal-best in the discus with a throw of 174-8 (53.24m), finishing fourth in the event. He has already qualified for NCAA Regionals in both the discus and hammer. Vasquez also notched a career-high 53-8.25 (16.36m) in the shot put on the afternoon.
The Bulldog's 4x100-meter relay team of Trevor Chatterton, Darnell Hammock, Jesse Smith and Jesse White beat out members of San Jose State's football squad in an exciting finish. Fresno State's crew recorded a winning time of 41.73 to capture the event.
For the women, freshman Zinzi Evans (Oakland, Calif.) added her name to Fresno State's arsenal of NCAA Regional qualifiers when she won the 800-meter with a 2:08.93. That mark also establishes a new Fresno State freshman record in that event, besting the previous time of 2:09.49 set by current assistant coach Shannon Lieder in 1989.
In the field events, La'Sha Hill (Oakland, Calif.) registered a 45-6.50 (13.88m) in the shot put for a first-place finish and was third in the discus with a personal-best toss of 148-6 (45.27m). Freshman Mallory Webb (Dundee, Ore.) won the javelin at 140-11 (42.95m) and fellow freshman Katie Richardson took second in the discus at 159-8 (48.67). Both Webb and Richardson have already qualified for NCAA Regionals: Webb in the javelin and Richardson in the discus.
Competition in two divisions of the mixed open pole vault was tremendous. In the first division, Justin Norberg of Shore Athletics recorded an 18-5.25 (5.62m) performance. Russell Weaver (Clovis, Calif.) took sixth at 16-9.25 (5.11m), followed by Annie Malaythong (Merced, Calif.) in ninth overall at 12-5.25 (3.79m) and Lexine Lesser (Hanford, Calif.) in 11th overall at 12-1.25 (3.69m).
The second division was led by Leif McMurry (Clovis, Calif.), who achieved a new career-high with a mark of 16-0 (4.88m). Roy Phelps (Coalinga, Calif.) and Adam Andresen (Roseville, Calif.) checked in at 15-0 (4.57m).
The Bulldogs close out the week with an appearance at the Cal-Nevada Championships, slated for Sunday in San Luis Obispo, Calif.