McKee Gives 'Dogs Two Finalists for NCAA Finals
May 31, 2014
By: Andrew Rich
By: Andrew Rich
FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. -- Meagan McKee's solid performance on Saturday morning at the NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championship West Prelims at the University of Arkansas' John McDonnell Field helped close a solid weekend of competition on the national stage for Fresno State.
The senior from San Jose finished 11th in the women's hammer throw with a toss of 190 feet, eight inches (58.13 meters) to advance her the to NCAA National Championships in two weeks at the University of Oregon.
"Meagan and all the hammer throwers were in a `grind it out' competition all day long," Bulldogs head coach Scott Winsor said. "190'-8" isn't her best day by any means but that was good enough today to get to the finals."
McKee makes it two Bulldogs heading for the National Championships in Eugene, Oregon in two weeks. On Thursday, junior Je'Nia Sears finished in a sixth-place tie in the women's long jump to qualify for the finals. It will be the first time since 2009 that Fresno State has had multiple athletes advance to the NCAA Finals.
"The girls know they have a lot more in them to show at the finals," Winsor said.
Fresno State's women's 4x400 relay topped their season-best time they had set in winning the Mountain West Conference championship two weeks ago by running a 3:38.56. They finished 17th and were less than three seconds away from the final qualifying spot.
In the men's discus, junior Brice Sandri finished 25th with a throw of 174'-1" (53.06m). Also closing out their season on Saturday was junior Caitlin Byrd. She finished 33rd with a throw of 173'-2" (52.78m).
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