May 8, 2012
By Jennifer Jones
By Jennifer Jones
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State track and field heads to the Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Championships this week (May 8-11). The Bulldogs finished fourth respectively on both the men's and women's side in 2011. Competition begins Tuesday, May 8 with the opening heptathlon and decathlon events. The remaining track and field events do not begin until Thursday May, 10 with the men's hammer throw at 11 a.m.
Last year the 'Dogs combined for 12 top three finishes. J'Quyra Moncur-Blue won the shot put and finished second in the hammer throw. Justin Lovingood won the triple jump on the men's side and finished third in the long jump.
LAST TIME OUT
Fresno State men's and women's track and field started off strong at the Brutus Hamilton Open & Invitational. The Bulldogs collectively won six events and set nine personal records during day one of the annual meet. Junior Cameron Parker helped pace a men's squad that finished first in four of the five track events they ran in. Parker won both the 100m and 200m open events. Bulldogs appeared in 14 different invitational events.
BULLDOGS IN THE WAC AND BEYOND
Fresno State is ranked in the top five in 28 events and holds the number one spot in 10 across the WAC. Three Bulldogs rank top 25 regionally. Sophomore Meagan McKee is 14th in the shot put and junior J'Quyra Moncur-Blue is 17th in the hammer throw. For the men, Devin Harrison is ranked 2nd in the long jump. McKee is 25th in the country in shot put.
MOVING UP THE RANKS
Several Bulldogs worked their way into the record books this season. Olivier Bernard set personal records in the 1500m and mile races to earn spots on the Bulldogs all-time top performances list. J'Quyra Moncur-Blue holds two out of the top three hammer throw marks in program history and sophomore Meagan McKee is now second on the 'Dogs shot put list. There were 10 other Bulldogs who made the record books in their respective events.
LEAPS AND BOUNDS ABOVE THE REST
The Bulldog jumpers are the best in the WAC. Fresno State holds the top spots in the high jump, long jump and triple jump on the men's side. A Bulldog is ranked in the top 10 of every event on the women's side except pole vault.
JUST A LITTLE FURTHER
Sophomore Meagan McKee set a new personal record at the Sacramento State Mondo Mid-Major Challenge (April 14). 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, 13th in the West region and 24th in the country.
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