Feb. 12, 2014
By: Andrew Rich
By: Andrew Rich
FRESNO, Calif. -- Fresno State women's track and field coach Scott Winsor and his staff have signed four athletes that will come to campus in the fall to begin competing in the 2014-2015 season.
The group of four consists of Kayla Hopkins, Mackenzie Landa, Maciah Murray and Kimberley Efonye.
Hopkins comes to Fresno via Rancho Verde High in Moreno Valley, Calif. She will be a thrower for the `Dogs. Hopkins was the Inland Valley League champion in both the shot put and the discus during her junior season and finished eighth at the Southern Section Masters meet in the discus. She has trained with former United States Olympian Mac Wilkins.
"We're looking for Kayla to throw the 20lb weight indoors and the discus, hammer and possibly the shot outdoors," Winsor said. "She knows she needs a `will, not fail' mentality when throwing in the Mountain West Conference."
Landa is out of Bonita High in La Verne, Calif. She was a member of the Bonita team that won the 2012 CIF State Division III championship. She has also been a San Gabriel Valley Female Runner of the Year award winner. Landa has personal best times of 10:45.18 in the 3200-meter and 17:24.38 in the 5,000m.
"Mackenzie brings a great toughness to our distance program," Winsor said.
Murray is a local product from Edison High, right here in Fresno. She was an All-Fresno Bee performer in 2012 and 2013. Murray's personal-best of 5 feet, 10 inches in the high jump is tied for eighth nationally. She also has a personal-best of just over 19 feet in the long jump.
"She will be a major contributor her first year in the high jump and long jump," Winsor said. "She is ranked in the top 10 nationally in the high jump so we are looking for contributions in high jump, as well as the long jump and possibly on the track."
Efonye will come to Fresno from Maasmechelen, Belgium. The European product will run sprints for Fresno State. She has a personal-best in indoor events in the 60m of 7.72 seconds, the 200m of 24.66 and the 400m of 54.10. All of those times would rank in the top15 in the Mountain West this season. She will also compete in sprint relay events for the Bulldogs.
"Kimberley will make an immediate impact on our program," Winsor said. "She'll come in and be a contributor in the 200m, 400m and 4x400 right away."
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