April 26, 2014
By: Andrew Rich
By: Andrew Rich
FRESNO, Calif. -- Fresno State's men and women track and field teams combined to win 14 events on Saturday at the Bulldog Invitational at Veteran's Memorial Stadium. The meet was the final home event for this group of seniors.
The men and women combined to win 10 of their 12 dual scoring matchups with Cal Poly, UNLV, San Jose State, Bakersfield, Cal State Northridge and Pacific.
"Overall our team performed well today and really competed all the way through the end," Fresno State head coach Scott Winsor said. "Our confidence level is great and right where it needs to be going into the MW Championships."
Senior Meagan McKee finished in the top three in all three women's throwing events, including a win in the shot put. She threw the shot just over 47 feet (14.41m). McKee finished second in the hammer and third in the discus.
Kyra Johnson won the 800-meter with a time of 2:12.27. She was more than two seconds better than Bakersfield's Ariana Mariscal who finished second. Kyra's sister, Dezirae Johnson, finished second in the 400-meter in 55.74 seconds. That time was just .14 seconds off of her seasonal-best.
The Johnson sisters teamed up with Je'Nia Sears and Njeri Omawahleh to win the 4x400 relay. The group of four ran a 3:42.55 to beat Cal State Northridge's team by almost two full seconds. Sears also won the long jump. The junior from Fresno jumped 20 feet, 4 inches (6.23m) to come up just short of her school-record jump from earlier this season.
Carina Mendoza, running unattached this weekend, won both the 1500 and 3000 meter races.
On the men's side, Devin Harrison won two individual events and also contributed to a relay win. He won the 200-meter in 21.81 seconds, a seasonal-best time for the junior. Harrison also won the long jump with a jump of 7.26 meters and then was a part of the 4x400 relay team that won with a time of 3:15.52.
Freshman Kamara Biawogi, who was on that winning 4x400 relay, also won the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 52.91.
Senior Michael Jamieson won the 800-meter with a 1:52.28. He held off Cal Poly's John Guerrero by .38 seconds.
Kevin Poythress, another senior running in his last home meet, ran the 3000-meter steeplechase in 9:00.06 to set a new personal-record. It was his best time by more than 15 seconds and was the eighth-best time in Fresno State history.
"We just need to rest up and make sure our legs are under us so that we're ready to compete at our best when we head to the Outdoor Chmapionships," Winsor said.
The Bulldogs will have 2 1/2 weeks to prepare for their trip to the University of Wyoming for the Mountain West Championships that will get underway on Wednesday, May 14.
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