Sat., Apr. 26...Cal State Bakersfield
at Fresno, Calif...4 p.m.
Sat., May 3...Cal Poly/CS Northridge
at Northridge, Calif...9 a.m.
Fresno State hosts its final outdoor meet of the year on Saturday when it squares off against Cal State Bakersfield in a dual meet. After competing in relays for two of the past three weekends, the Bulldogs face off against the Roadrunners in a team-scoring meet. A tri-meet follows next weekend, as the 'Dogs take on Cal Poly and CS Northridge in their final team contest of the year.
Fielding A Top Squad
Two of the Bulldog's premier field event athletes tallied noteworthy performances last weekend at the Mt. San Antonio College Relays. Senior Ryan Burgess notched a personal best mark in the javelin when he recorded a 196-09 (59.96m) during the final day of competition. That effort tied him for ninth overall, however, in the event. Junior Joe Vasquez tossed a 137-04 (41.85m) in the discus to finish 17th on Thursday, then recorded a 50-06.00 (15.39m) in the shot put on Saturday.
Ogilvie Has Been Outstanding
Senior Phil Ogilvie has been an impressive harrier for the Bulldogs through much of the outdoor season. Ogilvie currently leads the 'Dogs with team-high marks in two different events (1,500-meters at 3:50.77 and steeplechase at 9:27.37). He stands in second place in the mile run and 5,000-meters. Ogilvie ran a career-best 3:50.77 in the 1,500-meters last weekend in a meet at UC Davis.
Roadrunners Bring Out The Best
Cal State Bakersfield's last trip to Fresno State came during one of the Bulldog's best meets of the year. Both Fresno State squads cruised to victories in a clean sweep. On the men's side, the Bulldogs accounted for 27 top three finishes, with eight first place marks. Javon Kemp took first in the javelin with a NCAA provisional mark and personal-best throw of 194-3. Leif McMurry and Justin Schwartz vaulted 15-0 to earn first and second in the pole vault. In the triple jump, Kyle Carano popped to a season-best 50-3 1/2. The men's relays captured first in both the 4x100 and 4x400-meter events, as the crews were timed at 41.3(h) in the 400 relay and 3:15.6(h) in the mile relay. Roosevelt Cook paced a 3:55.1 to win the 1,500-meters and Chris Berrian clipped a 21.6 in the 200-meters.
'Dogs Take Third At Cal-Nevada Championships
The Fresno State men's track and field squad finished third overall with 76.50 points at the Cal-Nevada Championships last weekend in San Diego. UCLA outdistanced the men's field with 214 points, while runner-up Cal State Northridge posted 100. Seniors Alex Mason and Phil Ogilvie, along with junior Aaron Vasquez each tallied a second-place effort. Vasquez clocked in at 47.93 in the 400-meter dash, while Ogilvie notched a 3:52.45 in the 1,500-meter run.
The Fraley File
Head coach Bob Fraley is in his third season at the helm of the Bulldogs. He also holds the position of Director of Track and Field. He was named WAC Women's Head Coach of the Year in 2001-02 after guiding the squad to its first-ever WAC Outdoor Championship title.
June's Coming Up Fast
Junior Kara June ran perhaps her best race of the year last weekend at the Mt. San Antonio College Relays. June notched a career-best 10:25.47 in the 3,000-meter steeplechase Invitational last Thursday. The mark placed her sixth overall in the event among a field of 15 competitors and was her highest of the season, besting a 10:32.96 showing at the Cal Poly Invitational on Mar. 22. June qualified for the section finals of the same event on Saturday, but was scratched from the race.
Christianson Combines Her Efforts
Junior Katie Christianson has proven to be one of the Bulldog's most versatile athletes once again this year. She currently stands among the top-three in five different events on the Fresno State depth chart. Christianson is the team's top competitor in three events: 100-meter hurdles (14.16), javelin (103-01/31.42m) and long jump (19-02.00/5.84m). She is second in the 200-meters (24.71) and high jump (5-04.25/1.63m).
Roadrunners Bring Out The Best
Cal State Bakersfield's last trip to Fresno State came during one of the Bulldog's best meets of the year. Both Fresno State squads cruised to victories in a clean sweep. Leading the women to 31 top-three finishes and 14 first place ranks was Crystal Simmons. She again made the most of her outing by capturing three individual and one relay first place finishes. April Wiechmann finished her last home meet by winning the hammer at 179-2, while Kayla Russum claimed the title in the javelin at 145-4. Bergann Hernandez was tops with her pole vault of 12-0. Katie Christianson, Jenny Moore and Wiechmann went 1-2-3, respectively, in the high jump. Nicolin Neal won her first race of the year with 1:49.5(h) in the steeplechase.
'Dogs Place Seventh At Cal-Nevada Championships
After sitting in fifth place through the first day of competition, Fresno State fell to seventh overall at last weekend's Cal-Nevada Championships. Host San Diego State was the winner in the women's draw with 159 points, besting UCLA (124.50) and Nevada (123). Highlighting the women's side for the Bulldogs were two outstanding performances. In the 3,000-meter steeplechase, junior Kara June posted Fresno State's only first-place finish with a time of 10:36.46. Junior Lexine Lesser set a new personal-best with a 12-08.00 (3.88m) mark in the pole vault, eclipsing her previous best of 3.81m that she achieved two weeks ago in a dual meet against Mt. San Antonio College.
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