Two final home meets remain on the schedule, the first of which is slated for Saturday afternoon at Warmerdam Field.
April 19, 2004
This Week's Action...
Sat., Apr. 24...Cal State Bakersfield/Alumni...Fresno, Calif.
Next Week's Action...
Sat., May 1...Cal State Northridge/Cal Poly...Fresno, Calif.
***both upcoming home meets get underway with field events at 12:30 p.m. and running events scheduled for 4 p.m.
Two final home meets remain on the schedule, the first of which is slated for Saturday afternoon at Warmerdam Field. This weekend's meet features competition between Fresno State and Cal State Bakersfield, along with alumni from both schools. The women's hammer throw kicks off the day's action at 12:30 p.m., while running events gets underway at 4 p.m.
Two Bulldogs have already notched NCAA Regional qualifying marks: senior Joe Vasquez and junior Russell Weaver. Vasquez, who owns the team's best mark in four different events, has qualified in the hammer (206-7/62.97m) and discus (174-8/53.24m). Weaver owns the top mark in the pole vault at 17-1- a personal best.
Mt. San Antonio College Relays Recap
Senior Joe Vasquez and junior Russell Weaver claimed Fresno State's only first-place individual efforts over the weekend. Vasquez captured the discus title with a toss of 174-4 (53.14m), while Weaver owned the top mark in the pole vault at 16-6.75 (5.05m). Vasquez, also established a new personal-best in the hammer throw competition with a 206-7 (62.97m) for a fourth-place finish. Also, freshman Robert Calzadilla recorded a 22-5.25 (6.84m) in the long jump university/open division, taking fifth. The men's 4x100-meter relay team finished with a time of 42.10.
A Look Back: 2003 Cal State Bakersfield/Alumni Recap
Fresno State claimed 17 first-place finishes against Cal State Bakersfield in the non-scoring dual meet. Jesse Smith improved on his career-best with a time of 10.40 in the 100-meters, good for third place overall. Phil Ogilvie shaved nearly four seconds off his previous season-best in the mile, winning the event with a 4:08.65. Mark Unzueta closed out his final meet at Warmerdam Field by sharing the best mark in the pole vault, netting a 4.89 along with Russell Weaver. Aaron Vasquez won the 400-meter dash with a time of 48.19, while Josh Blecha posted a 1.88m top-finish in the high jump in his first action of the year.
Cal-Nevada Championships Recap
Fresno State earned 49 points for a sixth place finish at the Cal-Nevada Championships, held on Apr. 4 in San Luis Obispo. The men's team was paced by Joe Vasquez, who registered Fresno State's only first-place event finish of the competition. Vasquez led all entrants in the discus with a mark of 173-9 (52.95m).
Rookies that are listed at the top chart on the depth chart include the following: Sean Marzolf (1:52.95 in the 800-meter run and 8:39.50 in the 3,000-meter run), Ryan Moore (52.62 in the 400-meter hurdles), Robert Calzadilla (23-2 in the long jump and 45-9.25 in the triple jump).
On the women's side, eight athletes have registered NCAA Regional qualifying marks. Three of the five comprise the Bulldog pole vaulting contingent, led by Annie Malaythong and Michelle Lennox. Both reached a career-best 12-6.25 (3.82m) back on Mar. 20 at the Cal Poly Invitational. A third vaulter, Lexine Lesser, qualified on Mar. 26 with a 12-6 (3.81m). Three freshman will also be competing in May: Mallory Webb, Katie Richardson and Zinzi Evans. Webb has tossed a 154-9.75 in the javelin, Richardson has thrown 164-8 in the discus and Evans was addded to the list as a result of her 2:08.93 time at the Fresno Relays. Joining the list over the weekend at the Mt. San Antonio College Relays were: Kara June (10:15.22 in the steeplechase) and La'Sha Hill (153-2 in the discus).
More On June
During last weekend's competition at the Mt. San Antonio College Relays, senior Kara June earned a sixth-place finish in the 3000-meter steeplechase competition with a time of 10:15.22. That mark qualifies her for NCAA Regionals, establishes a new personal-best and currently ranks sixth in the world. June, who was Fresno State's lone representative at the NCAA Championships in 2003, earned the spot last year with a wild-card entry as a result of her then personal-best 10:25.47 time. She also achieved that mark at the Mt. San Antonio College Relays on Apr. 17.
June has won the steeplechase at WAC Outdoor Championships three times.
A Look Back: 2003 Cal State Bakersfield/Alumni Recap
Fresno State claimed 17 first-place finishes against Cal State Bakersfield in the non-scoring dual meet. Katie Christianson placed first in two separate events: 100-meter hurdles (14.45) and long jump (5.57m). La' Sha Hill also won twice, in the shot put (13.58m) and javelin (29.20). Kara June continued her dominance in the 3000-meter run, checking in at 10:08.40 to win the event by 30 seconds over her next closest competitor. Annie Malaythong recorded a career-best 3.66m in the pole vault, matching the mark need for a regional qualifying berth.
Bob Fraley Named 2003 Nike Coach Of The Year
Fresno State Director of Track and Field Bob Fraley was named USA Track & Field's 2003 Nike Coach of the Year back on Dec. 2. Fraley, the chair of USATF men's pole vault development, received the award Friday, Dec. 5, at Jesse Owens Awards Dinner and Xerox Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony, held at USATF's 2003 Annual Meeting in Greensboro, North Carolina.