May 10, 2013
By: Matt Burkholder
LAS VEGAS - On the first day of the 2013 Mountain West Outdoor Championships Kyra Johnson and Michelle Rose highlighted the opening day as they both broke into the Fresno State individual all-time top 10 with new personal records.
On her final throw in the javelin, Rose set a new career-best distance of 149'-11" (45.70m) to earn eight points and a spot on the medal stand with a second-place finish. Her throw ranks as the No. 6 distance in Fresno State school history.
"It was an awesome day for Michelle", said assistant coach Lisa Misipeka. "She went in ranked fifth and finished second with a huge PR that qualified her for regionals most likely."
Johnson, a freshman from Santa Rosa, Calif. posted the third-best 400-meter time in school history on the day with a 59.49 second time en route to qualifying for the final tomorrow at 1:35 p.m.
Freshman Shakira Lewis secured her spot in the 100m dash final, setting a personal record of 11.81 seconds, sophomore Je'Nia Sears came up just short of qualifying in her first 100m dash this season, timing in at 11.89 seconds.
Senior Breeauna Thompson cruised to qualifying for the 400m final as she posted the top time out of 22 runners at 54.42 seconds. She is set to run at 12:35 p.m. tomorrow in the final.
In the 1500m prelims, Saylah Barserian qualified for the Saturday's finals with a 4:33.66 and set a PR breaking her previous best of 4:35.43 set in 2011.
Junior transfer Nicole Uikifili posted two points for the women's team by setting a personal record in the discus, breaking a record from last season at 153'-06" (46.79m). While AnaManu Folau received four points for a throw of 163'-03" (49.76m).
The women's team closed day one in seventh-place with 16 points after six finals. Saturday will bring 14 events for the opportunity for the `Dogs to climb the ladder.
The men's team posted a handful of records on the first day of competition. Senior Kevin Poythress set a personal record on Friday in the 3000m steeplechase final, clocking a 9:20.16 to record three points for the `Dogs.
Devin Harrison, a junior from Laguna Niguel, Calif., registered five points for the Bulldogs in the long jump with a 23'-10.00" (7.26m) jump on his third attempt
Parker qualified for the 200m dash by posting a 21.45 second dash, timing in at second. Teammate O'Connor also qualified for the final by posting a personal record 21.76 second dash.
Freshman Keane Bland qualified for the 400m hurdles final with a personal best time of 53.74 seconds while teammate Daniel Williford also set a PR, clocking in at 54.61, but did not make it for Saturday's final.
Brice Sandri scored three points for the `Dogs in the discus throw on Friday. He registered a 165'-11" (50.57m) throw and finished sixth overall.
John Jamieson and Chriss Grimble both qualified for the 800m final respectively. Jamieson posted a 1:51.72 and Grimble logged a 1:53.88.
The men's team totaled 15 points thought six events and has 13 finals to go on Saturday. They currently sit tied for fifth-place.
The Bulldogs will close MW Outdoor Championships on Saturday at Shella Tarr Field at Myron Partridge Stadium with the women's 5000m final to start the day.
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