Sanchez, Dai'Re Lead 'Dogs
    Val-Pierre Dai'Re ran a season-best in the 400 hurdles to take second in the invitational division.

    Val-Pierre Dai'Re ran a season-best in the 400 hurdles to take second in the invitational division.

    April 10, 2010


    FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno state closed out the UCLA Rafer Johnson/Jackie Joyner-Kersee Invitational with more season-best performances. Rosario Sanchez and Val-Pierre Dai'Re each scored big marks to lead the Bulldogs at Drake Stadium.

    "It wasn't the weekend we hoped for, but there were some standout performances," said head coach Scott Winsor.

    Rosario Sanchez found her shot put rhythm Saturday. Sanchez posted her best throw in nearly two years to take third in the shot put invitational. The redshirt sophomore marked a 50-8.25 (15.45m) on her second throw of the day to move into the top spot in the WAC standings.

    "Rosie threw really well," said head coach Scott Winsor. "She had a big season-PR. In fact she had a really good series, but couldn't hang on to some of those throws that were out around 54 feet. She just keeps climbing and improving every week."

    Latrisha Jordan picked up a sixth place finish with a time of 62.03 in the invitational division of the 400 hurdles.

    The Bulldogs took sixth in the 4x400 relay, fourth among collegiate teams. Tiera Hilliard, Breeauna Thompson, Janev Morris and Jordan combined to time in at a season-best 3:45.65.

    Val-Pierre Dai'Re picked up a silver medal finish in the 400 hurdles, timing a season-best 51.44. Dai'Re's time moves him into second in the conference standings for the event. Kendrick Young grabbed seventh place in the event.



    "Val was great in the hurdles today," said Winsor. "And then he came back and had a really good leg of the 4x400 relay."

    Dai'Re ran the leadoff leg of the 4x400 relay team, which included Jordan Walker, Myster Holliman and Young. The four took fifth overall and third among the collegiate teams with a time of 3:18.65.

    The 4x100 relay team of Charles Williams, Cameron Parker, Quenton O'Neal and Dai'Re also took fifth overall, third among the collegiate competitors. The team timed a season-best time of 41.52.

    "The 4x100 team ran well," said Winsor. "It was a fun race because they ran against some legends in track and field - people like Willie Gault."

    In one of the longer races of the day, the 5,000 invitational, Erick Garcia ran a career-best 14:44.62. Garcia finished in seventh among the 36 competitors. Distance teammate Eric Battles also placed among the top 10, finishing ninth in the 39-person 1,500 race.

    Two Bulldogs finished among the top 10 in the long jump. Decathlete David Deal took sixth with a leap of 21-1.5 (6.44m) and Jordan Smith finished ninth.

    The Bulldogs head to Sacramento, Calif., for the Mondo Invitational next Saturday.

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