May 12, 2012
By Jennifer Jones
By Jennifer Jones
MOSCOW, Idaho - The Fresno State men's and women's track and field teams collected 22 medals in the final day of the 2012 Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships Friday. Devin Harrison was voted WAC Freshman of the Year by the coaches after winning the long jump and helping the Bulldogs' relay teams to first and second place finishes.
The men finished third overall with 137 points. It has been 17 years since the men have scored that many. The women finished fourth, respectively, with 115 points.
"All-in-all it was a very good weekend," said head coach Scott Winsor. "We had freshman of the year on the men's side, so that was a great thing for him and a great thing for Fresno State. It was a very good showing. Both the men and women competed very hard."
After earning his first conference title in the long jump yesterday, Harrison helped the 4x400m relay team to a season-best time of 3:13.32 and a WAC title. He also led off the 4x100m relay team that ran a season-best 40.96 seconds and finished just .08 seconds behind the leader.
Senior Latrisha Jordan held onto her top spot in the 400m hurdles to pick up her third WAC title in four years. She finished in 59.64 seconds, nearly two seconds ahead of the pack. Jordan also earned second place in the 100m hurdles. She finished in a personal record time of 13.49 seconds.
Another big winner on the track was sophomore Olivier Bernard. He won the 1500m run in 3:52.55 and finished third in the 800m run with a time of 1:52.32.
In the field, sophomore Justin Lovingood defended his 2011 triple jump title. He finished first with a jump of 15.33m.
Junior Jordan Walker also took home some hardware from the Championships. The Fresno, Calif. native set a new personal record of 47.07 seconds in the 400m dash. His time was good for second place and like Harrison, he competed on both relays teams.
"Jordan Walker had a great weekend," said Winsor. "The 4x400 team won and the 4x100 was second barely. He was coming on strong at the end."
Fresno State closed out its last season in the WAC with many individual accomplishments. The Bulldogs finished the weekend as champions in seven events and saw over 40 student-athletes set personal records during the 2012 outdoor season. Three 'Dogs were ranked top 25 regionally for their respective events coming into this weekend: Harrison, junior J'Quyra Moncur-Blue and sophomore Meagan McKee.
Harrison is ranked 22nd in the long jump, Moncur-Blue is 17th in the hammer throw and McKee is 14th in the shot put. McKee's distance of 16.18m in the shot put is just 22 cm away from the Olympic "B" qualifier mark. She is now in second place all-time behind Dot Jones on the shot put list.
The top Bulldog performers who qualify for the NCAA Regionals will compete in Eugene, Ore. May 26-28.
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