Impressive Performances Highlight Stanford Invite

    April 5, 2014

    By: Andrew Rich
    arich1221@mail.fresnostate.edu
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    PALO ALTO, Calif. -- Fresno State track and field saw several standout performances on the men's and women's side at the tough Stanford Invitational. The Bulldogs wrapped up the two-day meet on Saturday afternoon.

    On Friday, junior Je'Nia Sears recorded a jump of 20 feet, five inches (6.22 meters) to finish second in the women's long jump invitational section. She was more than a foot ahead of Utah State's Chari Hawkins, who finished third with a jump of 19-03.50 (5.88m). Sears was just two inches off the school record she set last weekend at the Texas Relays.

    Senior thrower Meagan McKee had an impressive weekend. She threw a seasonal-best 152-01 (46.35m) in the women's discus invitational section to finish ninth. McKee had another seasonal-best distance in the hammer throw with a distance of 195-11 (59.71m). That throw was good for the top collegiate distance in the invitational section of the event. It also moved her into the No. 2 spot in the Mountain West.

    Also in the women's hammer throw, junior Caitlin Byrd finished with the second-best collegiate throw in the invitational division with a toss of 184-01 (56.11m).

    Brice Sandri took home two sixth place finishes. In the shot put, the junior threw the shot 50-10.25 (15.50m), just three inches shy of his personal-best. He threw the discus 172-08 (52.63m) for his other sixth place finish.

    Fresno State's 4x400 women's relay team ran a 3:39.88 to win their section. The time posted by Kyra Johnson, Njeri Omawahleh, Dezirae Johnson and Sears was the top time in the Mountain West this season and moved them into the top 15 in the West Region.

    The Johnson sisters also ran well in the 400-meter hurdles. Kyra ran a seasonal-best 59.66 seconds to finish second and Dezirae ran a 1:00.11 to post the fourth fastest time.

    The Bulldogs will take next weekend off before heading down to Southern California for the Mt. SAC Relays, April 17-19.

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