April 27, 2013
By: Matt Burkholder
CLOVIS, Calif. - The Fresno State track and field team hosted the Bulldog Open on Saturday and saw records fall in preparation for its upcoming Mountain West Championship with its seniors leading the way.
Senior Breeauna Thompson once held the No. 4 all-time Fresno State 200-meter dash time, following Saturday's Open and a blistering 23.79 second time, she overtook the No. 2 all-time 200 for a Bulldog. Her record setting time is also the No. 2 time run by a female in the Mountain West this season.
All four Bulldog entries in the 100m dash set personal records with junior Tanae Turner leading the pack with an 11.97 second time. Turner's time was the best 100 run by a Bulldog this season and ties for the ninth-best time run in the MW this season. Shakira Lewis (11.99) trailed Turner and led teammates Annette Washington (12.44) and Brittany Heyano (13.07) who all set personal records.
Senior Michelle Rose set a PR on senior day in the javelin with a 141'-11" (43.27m) throw at Warmerdam Field. Rose's throw placed as the fifth-best distance in the MW this season.
Sophomore Chris Brunsenback clocked a 10.49 second 100m dash and set the bar for the MW conference with the top time run in the conference this season. Brusenbeck's career-best time edged out teammates Cameron Parker (10.57) and Devante O'Connor (10.78) who finished second and third, respectively.
Parker, senior, had his day in the 200m dash, setting a personal-best time at 21.21 seconds. Parker's 200 ranks as the No. 2 time run in the MW this season. O'Connor, who set a PR in the 100, also set a PR in the 200, timing in at 21.81 with a third-place finish.
Senior Kevin Poythress bested his 3000m steeplechase time by 14 seconds on Saturday, clocking a 9:26.50. His new PR ranks as the fifth-best time run in the MW this season.
Other seniors that shined in their season finale were Demetri Payton (52.58) in the 400m, Meghan de la Torre (2:26.59) in her first 800m of the season and Danny Vartanian (4:08.50) in his first career 1500m race.
The 'Dogs have 10 days to rest up before they head to Mountain West Championships, held May 8-11 in Las Vegas, Nev.
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