'Dogs Sweep Long Jump at MW Championship

May 16, 2014

By: Andrew Rich

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LARAMIE, Wyo. -- Day one at the Mountain West Conference Championships were highlighted by the jumpers and other standout individual performances for the Fresno State track and field teams at the University of Wyoming on Friday.

Long jumpers Je'Nia Sears and Devin Harrison completed a Fresno State sweep.

Harrison won the men's side with a new personal-best jump of 25 feet, 4.5 inches (7.73 meters). He also set a new stadium record at Louis S. Madrid Sports Complex, beating the previous mark of 24 feet, 10 inches. Harrison's career-best mark ranks him 16th in the country this season.

"Im excited coming back from last year where I injured my hamstring," Harrison told the Moutain West Network after his performance. "It was huge to come back and have a personal best jump."

Sears, the Fresno native, posted a jump of 20-1.75 (6.14m) to record the only jump over 20 feet in the field on the way to her the victory.

In the men's hammer throw, senior Roderick Dash lauched a personal-best throw of 206-05 (62.91m). In other men's throwing events, junior Brice Sandri launched a throw of 178-04 (54.37m) in the discus to finish third.

Sophomore Dezirae Johnson qualified for the women's 400-meter dash final with a time of 55.76. She had the second-best qualifying time, behind UNLV's Monay Meggs' 54.91. Her sister Kyra Johnson also recorded a second place qualifying spot, but Kyra did it in the 400-meter hurdles. She ran a 1:01.50 to win her heat.

Keane Bland was a double qualifier in the men's hurdle races. He finished the 110-meter hurdles in 14.59 seconds to qualify seventh and then ran a 53.69 in the 400-meter hurdles to grab the eighth and final spot for tomorrow's finals.

Joining Bland in tomorrow's 400-meter hurdles final will be freshman Kamara Biawogi. He ran a 52.76 to finish fourth.

Senior Meagan McKee finished fifth in the women's hammer throw to find a spot on the podium. She threw 194-10 (59.39m) on her third throw to get the fifth place finish.

Fresno State will be back in action on Saturday morning with the conclusion of the MW Championships. There will be the rest of the field events, plus running finals and all four relay races.

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