Track and Field Off to MW Championships

May 14, 2014

By: Andrew Rich

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FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State track and field team opens up competition on Friday, May 16 at the Mountain West Conference Championships on the campus of the University of Wyoming in Laramie.

Not only will the Bulldogs be faced against a talented field of athletes, but they will also have to deal with the elements. Friday's forecast calls for temperatures in the upper 40's to low 50's with a 50% chance of rain and thunderstorms. Saturday's forecast isn't much better, with temperatures in the upper 50's and a 30% chance of rain.

On the women's side, Fresno State features a quartet of athletes that find themselves in the top four in the conference in their events.

Junior Je'Nia Sears leads the way with the top mark in the long jump. The Fresno-native and Edison High product broke her own school record earlier this season with a jump of 20 feet, 7 inches. That distance leads the conference by five and half inches.

In the 400-meter hurdles, sisters Kyra Johnson and Dezirae Johnson rank 3-4 with times of 59.66 and 59.99, respectively. Their times are a second and a half off the MW-leading time posted by Wyoming senior Taylor Gardner.

Senior Meagan McKee ranks third in the conference in the hammer throw. Her mark of 195'-11" (59.71m) puts her less than four inches behind conference leader Kiah Hicks of Colorado State. McKee also ranks seventh in the shot put and ninth in the discus.

The Fresno State 4x100 and 4x400 women's relay teams both figure to be in the mix for top marks this weekend as well. The 4x1 relay top time this season is 45.98 to rank third, but just half a second behind UNLV's leading time of 45.42. The 4x4 team has a season-best time of 3:39.88, just .45 seconds behind UNLV.

The men have five athletes that are ranked in the top five in their specific events heading into the conference meet.

Two hurdlers find themselves ranked fifth in their respective events. Sophomore Keane Bland has a season-best time of 14.42 at the Cal Poly Invitational in the 110-meter hurdles and freshman Kamara Biawogi ran a 52.43 at the season-opening dual against Cal Poly in the 400-meter hurdles.

Junior Devin Harrison posted a season-best jump of 24'-7.75" (7.51m) in winning his section of the Texas Relays. That mark has him ranked second in the conference heading into this weekend.

In the throwing events, senior Roderick Dash has a mark of 204'-3" (62.26m) to rank him second in the hammer throw and junior Brice Sandri is ranked third in the discus with a distance of 181'-5" (55.29m).

Both the 4x1 and 4x4 men's relay teams are ranked fourth in the conference.

The MW Championships can be seen live on the Mountain West Network all weekend.

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