Thompson, McKee leads 'Dogs at MW Championships
May 11, 2013
By: Matt Burkholder
FRESNO, Calif. – A weekend of ups and downs at the Mountain West Championships came to a close for the Fresno State track and field team with numerous achievements to go home with. The 'Dogs claimed 19 medals and three MW titles along with multiple personal records at Sheila Tarr-Smith Field at Myron Partridge Stadium in Las Vegas over the two day event.
“I'm very proud of how both the men and women stepped up on day two after losing two key team members on Friday,” said head coach Scott Winsor. “Day one we were a bit down emotionally until Michelle Rose threw an eight foot PR to take second in the women's javelin yesterday.”
The 'Dogs rode that momentum from the day before as the women’s hammer team claimed 19 points led by Meagan McKee to kick start Saturday. McKee claimed the MW title using her first throw of 204’-03” (62.26m) that set a personal record and marked the No. 2 all-time hammer throw in Fresno State history. It was also the fifth best throw in MW Championship history.
Teammate J’Quyra Moncur-Blue grabbed six points with her third-place mark of 189’-06” (57.75m) and Tawnya Turton was awarded three points for her personal record of 180’-07” (55.05m) for sixth-place.
Senior Breeauna Thompson was another Bulldog MW title winner as she backed up 54.42 second 400-meter dash prelim time with a 53.59 second 400 on Saturday. She lowered her time each day to set back-to-back personal records; Saturday’s time set the No. 5 all-time 400 in school history.
The other title winners for the 'Dogs on Saturday was the Fresno State foursome of Brennen Davis, Cameron Parker, Devante O'Connor and Christopher Brusenback of the men's 4x100 Meter Relay. The foursome ran away with a time of 40.30 seconds for the top spot, the Bulldogs' time ranks fifth all-time at the MW Championship and also fifth all-time in MW history.
“The sprints and women's hammer were really good for us today,” said Winsor. “We also had four outstanding PR's this weekend. Michael Jamieson in the 800m, Kyra Johnson in the 400H, Meagan McKee in the hammer, and Michelle Rose in the javelin.”
Jamieson set a new career best by clocking a 1:49.14 in the 800 to earn the silver medal. He was .08 seconds shy of the leader who posted a 1:49.06. Jamieson’s time placed him inside the men’s all-time top 10.
After claiming the No. 3 all-time 400m hurdle time in the prelims, Kyra Johnson bettered her time Saturday in the final with a 59.08 second time to move her up to No. 2 all-time as she placed second and earned eight points for the women’s team.
“The competitiveness and intensity that we had today needs to become a habit,” said Winsor. “We need it week to week.”
Once the day came to a close the men’s team finished in fifth-place with 90 points while the women’s team placed sixth with 68 points.
Saturday marks the end to the 'Dogs season for some while other will wait to see if they will be traveling to the NCAA west regional in Austin, Texas on May 23-25. Stay tuned to GoBulldogs.com for all the participants.
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