Four Bulldogs Win WAC Titles
May 17, 2008
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State crowned four WAC Champions Saturday on the final day of the track and field conference championships in Boise, Idaho, came to a conclusion. Director of Track and Field Bob Fraley brought home WAC Coach of the Year honors for both the men and women.
Roxanne Sellick, Sharon Ayala, and Tiera Hilliard all won WAC titles for the women, who finished the competition in third. The Bulldogs scored 121.5 points, just a half point behind second-place Idaho at 122. Louisiana Tech's women outdistanced the competition with 173 points for the team championship.
Fresno State's men came in fourth with 132 points, led by Frank Sanders 1,500-meter run championship. The men's title came down to the wire with Boise State winning out with 142 points, followed by Utah State with 135, Louisiana Tech at 134.5 and the Bulldogs in fourth.
Sharon Ayala started the Bulldogs off strong, winning the day's first event, the hammer throw. Her toss of 197-8 (60.26m) earned Ayala her second WAC title of the 2008 season. Junior Grace Wiesmann came in fifth, throwing 175-2 (53.39m). The women's next field event, the discus throw, resulted in a bronze medal for Kayla Xavier with a personal-best throw of 153-7 (46.82m).
Over on the track, the women continued with their strong showing to take third in the 4x100 relay. Rayna White, Christina Lopez, Katrina Arnold and Hilliard combined for a 46.75 time. Sellick followed that up by winning the 1,500 run at 4:31.22. In the women's next event, the 100 hurdles, Krystina Jackson won the silver with a personal-best of 13.79.
White ran a 12.05 in the 100 finals to take fourth. Marina Santana won the silver in the 800 with a time of 2:11.68. In the 400 hurdles, Erica McCoy turned in a personal-best time of 1:01.50 for third.
Hilliard sprinted to the WAC title in the 200, registering a personal- and team-best of 24.18. The 5,000 run resulted in Meredith Hawkins ` second bronze medal of the weekend with a time of 18:04.58. The day ended for the women with a second-place finish by the 4x400 relay team of Santana, Lopez, McCoy and Hilliard.
Sophomore Frank Sanders edged out the competition in the 1,500, running a 3:53.20 to win the men's lone WAC title. Dai'Re continued the Bulldog's dominant performances, with a second-place finish in the 110 hurdles at 14.27.
The Bulldogs took fourth, fifth and sixth in the 400 as Ken Moon, Daryl Miller and Juan Valdez finished in succession. McDonald ran a career-best 10.67 in the 100 to place fifth. In the 800, Byron Reynolds PR-ed with a time of 1:53.05 for fifth.
Dai'Re picked up his third silver medal of the meet in the 400 hurdles, timing in at 52.39. Kendrick Young was .02 seconds back to take third and qualify for the NCAA Regional meet. The 4x400 relay came next and the Bulldogs finished in second. Dai'Re, Moon, Valdez and Miller combined for a time of 3:11.95.
Erick Garcia finished the running events for Fresno State with a third place finish at 15:26.67 in the 5,000.
The field events resulted in strong performances for the Bulldogs as well. Oscar Rodriguez placed second in the shot put with a toss of 55-7 (16.94m). The pole vaulters filled in third through seventh places, led by Roy Phelps who cleared 15-11 (4.85m).
Although the team season is complete, 19 Bulldogs will continue on to the NCAA Regional Meet in Northridge beginning May 30.
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