Deal Leads Bulldogs to WAC Lead
May 16, 2008
FRESNO, Calif. - Strong performances by David Deal, Matt Bushnell, and Roy Phelps in the decathlon put Fresno State men's track and field on top after day two of the WAC Championships. Deal, a freshman, shot the Bulldogs out of the blocks, winning silver in the decathlon with 6,481 points.
Bushnell just missed the podium with 6,302 points and a fourth place finish, while Phelps was just back in fifth and 5,990 points.
Deal moved into second Thursday after finishing Wednesday's five events in third. The freshman placed among the top three in six of the decathlon's events to take second behind defending champion John Strang of Utah State.
Bushnell won the decathlon's 400-meter dash and placed second in three other events to take fourth in the ten-part event. Phelps, a senior, won the pole vault to leap into fifth-place.
The three Bulldogs combined for 14 points to lead the competition going into individual events Friday.
Erica Embry, the women's lone competitor in the heptathlon, took ninth in the event. Embry put up a personal best in the 200 to take second and another PR in the 800 for fourth.
Competition in the field events begins at 12:30 p.m. with the men's hammer throw and track events starting at 2:00 p.m. with the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase.
Men's Team Scores (through one event)
1. Fresno State 14
2. Utah State 11
3. Boise State 6
Women's Team Scores (through one event)
1. Idaho 22.5
2. Hawai'i 12
3. New Mexico State 3.5
4. Utah State 1