Track & Field Heads for the Bay

April 5, 2012

By Jennifer Jones

FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State men's and women's track and field programs are split this weekend between the San Francisco State Distance Carnival and the Stanford Invitational. While a mix of 11 distance runners and sprinters head to the heart of San Francisco for Friday only, head coach Scott Windsor will escort 14 field student-athletes and five distance runners 40 minutes down the road for the two-day invitational in Palo Alto, Calif.

Dash and Mckee Sweep Weekly Honors
Fresno State became the first program this season to sweep weekly Western Athletic Conference honors in the field. Roderick Dash and Meagan McKee were named Verizon WAC Outdoor Field Athletes of the Week (March 27). Dash's 57.67m mark in the hammer throw at the Cal Poly Invitational (March 24) is the best in the WAC. McKee set a new personal record at the Cal Poly Invitational (March 24) with a 15.74m throw in the shot put.

Records were meant to be broken
Despite the incredibly wet weather that eventually forced the Bulldog Invitational to be cancelled, the student-athletes competing in the hammer throw still made their mark recording five season-highs. Sophomores Caitlyn Byrd, AnaManu Folau and Meagan McKee with freshman Tianna Arredondo set new season-highs. McKee won the event with a new personal record toss of 58.13m, while Byrd, Folau and Arredondo finished second, fourth and fifth respectively with their marks. Sophomore Christian Olivas was the lone men's thrower to break his season record with a 34.17m toss.



Turner Wins WAC Track Athlete
After competing in a dual meet versus Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo (March 10), Tanea Turner was named the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Women's Outdoor Track Athlete of the Week, for the week of March 5-11. Turner, a sophomore from Lemoore, Calif. (Lemoore HS), stepped it up in the absence of teammates Breeauna Thompson and Shanelle Stephens who fell ill. Turner won the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.41 and placed second in the 100-meters. She was also a member of the 4x100 relay team that finished first with a time of 47.25.

Sacramento Hornet Recap
Fresno State had another strong showing during the outdoor season Saturday afternoon at the Hornet Invitational hosted by Sacramento State, despite the cold rainy weather. The Bulldogs had six first place finishes. Senior Christina Cabias, who was the top collegiate in the javelin with a throw of 140.7 feet. Sophomore Meagan McKee won the shot put with a throw of 49-10. feet and Devon Harrison was the top collegiate in the men's long jump with a distance of 23-05.50 feet. Freshman Je'Nia Sears continues to jump extremely consistent, taking first in the long jump with a distance of 19-0.75 feet. Junior Cameron Parker won the 200-meter with a time of 21.76 seconds. Senior Latrisha Jordan tok first in the 400-meter hurdles (1:01.31) and sophomore Olivier Bernard won the men's 800-meter run with a time of 1:55.12.

The Bulldogs compete in five meets during the month of April before heading to the WAC Outdoor Championships in Moscow, Idaho (May 8-11). Opening April 6 at both the Distance Carnival (hosted by San Francisco State) and the Stanford Invitational, the 'Dogs then travel to Sacramento (April 14) for the Mondo Invite before heading to the Mt. Sac Relays in Walnut, Calif. The Bulldogs last stop before Idaho is the Brutus Hamilton Invite in Berkeley, Calif.

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