April 6, 2013
By: Matt Burkholder
CLOVIS, Calif. - The Fresno State outdoor women's track and field team came up big on Saturday with wins over Cal Poly and UNLV in its tri-dual meet. The 'Dogs topped Cal Poly 100-68 and defeated UNLV 95-75 at War Memorial Stadium.
"Anytime you can get a win it's a great thing," said head coach Scott Winsor. "We've competed well three weeks in row, and today the women stepped up and competed hard in some events they're not accustomed too."
Annemarie Schwanz took first-place and set a personal record in her first 3000-meter race of the season with a time of 9:57.22. Schwanz then ran a 400m leg in the distance medley in the very next event to help earn a win for the 'Dogs, clocking a time of 12:00.19 with teammates Saylah Barserian, Stella Kubasch and Carina Mendoza.
The 1600m sprint medley team had an outstanding day as the team of Tanae Turner, Je'Nia Sears, Breeauna Thompson and Kyra Johnson registered the seventh-best time in the country this season. The foursome posted a time of 3:57.13 for another relay win for the 'Dogs.
The 4x100m team of Turner, Sears, Thompson and Shakira Lewis set a season-best time of 45.98 seconds en route to squeaking out the narrowest of wins, winning by .01 seconds over UNLV.
The freshman duo of Kyra Johnson and Dezirae Johnson placed first and second respectively in 400m hurdles. Kyra finished in first, timing in at 1:01.21, while Dezirae set a personal record trailing just behind her sister with a time of 1:01.88.
"If [Dezirae] can build the confidence to go out in the first half of her races like her [Kyra] they're going to be finishing neck and neck moving forward," Winsor said.
Fresno State's marquee long jumper, Sears, was a winner for the third time this season with a 5.85m jump. The sophomore is now 3-for-3 in her meets this season for first-place.
The Bulldog throwers continued their dominance at the Women's Challenge, having won the hammer, shot put and discus, respectively.
Meagan McKee, who already owned the school's all-time fourth-ranked distance in the hammer, upped her mark to No. 3 with a new personal record on Saturday with a 58.57m throw. The 'Dogs took the top-four spots in the hammer on the day, behind McKee was J'Quyra Moncur-Blue with a distance of 54.83m. Following Moncur-Blue in third was Tawyna Turton (51.02m) and Nicole Uikilifi (50.89m) rounded out the top-four.
"We got a group of ladies that really put their heart and soul in this, and the results show," Winsor added.
Next week the men's team will be back in action alongside the women's team at the UNLV Randall Cunningham Invitational on April 12-13.
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