April 18, 2012
By Jennifer Jones
By Jennifer Jones
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State men's and women's track and field teams are split again this weekend. They have tough competition waiting for them in the collegiate division at the 54th annual Mt. San Antonio College Relays (April 18-20) and will be tested at the Azusa Pacific Bryan Clay Invitational (April 20).
Mt. SAC's Hilmer Lodge Stadium has played host to two Olympic track and field trials. Over the years, the facility has seen 20 world records made and given athletes the opportunity to qualify for the Olympic Trials. Last year, Pual Zwama placed fourth in the 5000m race and Breeauna Thompson finished ninth overall in the women's 200m dash. This is the 'Dogs first time at the Bryan Clay Invite in over five years.
TWO IS BETTER THAN ONE
For the first time since 2009, Fresno State swept the Verizon Western Athletic Conference Track Athlete of the Week honors. Senior Remington Blair and junior Breeauna Thompson won the honors for their respective teams after stellar performances at the Sacramento State MONDO Mid-Major Challenge (April 14). It marked the second time the Bulldogs swept WAC weekly honors this year. The 'Dogs swept the field honors back on March 27. Blair won the 400m dash in a WAC-best time of 47.66 seconds. Thompson won the 200m in a WAC-best 24.04 seconds and took first place in the 400m dash as well with a time of 55.67 seconds.
JUST A LITTLE FURTHER
Sophomore Meagan McKee set a new personal record at the Sacramento State Mondo Mid-Major Challenge. Her mark of 16.18m in the shot put was just 22cm short of the provisional "B" qualifying mark for the U.S. Olympic Trials. In the event she is first in the WAC, 12th in the West region and 22nd in the country.
LEAPS AND BOUNDS ABOVE THE REST
The Bulldog jumpers are the best in the WAC. Fresno State holds the top two spots in the high jump, long jump and triple jump on the men's side. The 'Dogs are ranked in the top 10 in the three events on the women's side.
BULLDOGS IN THE WAC AND BEYOND
Fresno State is ranked in the top five in 27 events and holds the number one spot in nine across the WAC. Three Bulldogs rank top 25 regionally. Meagan McKee is 12th in the shot put and junior J'Quyra Moncur-Blue is 17th in the hammer throw. For the men, Devin Harrison is ranked 16th in the long jump.
RECORDS BROKEN AT MONDO MID-MAJOR CHALLENGE
Breeauna Thompson won both the 200m and 400m dashes at the Sacramento State MONDO Mid-Major Challenge (April 14). She had two of the 30 season-bests that were tied or set at the meet and one of the 15 personal records broken.
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