10 'Dogs Qualify for NCAA West Prelims
May 23, 2014
By: Andrew Rich
By: Andrew Rich
FRESNO, Calif. - Fresno State's track and field teams qualified 10 athletes to compete in nine events at next week's 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track and Field Championships West Preliminaries. The meet will be hosted by the University of Arkansas at John McDonnell Field on May 29-31.
The Bulldogs are coming off of the Mountain West Championships last weekend in Laramie, Wyoming which was highlighted by standout individual performances and a women's relay championship.
The 4x400 meter women's relay team of Kyra Johnson, Njeri Omawahleh, Dezirae Johnson and Je'Nia Sears won the event with a season-best time of 3:38.45. They are ranked No. 21 in the West Preliminary going into next weekend's action.
Sears is the highest ranked Bulldog in any event. The junior from Fresno is No. 10 in the women's long jump. Her mark of 6.27 meters is a school record and puts her within .25m of the top mark in the meet.
The Johnson sisters will both also compete in the 400m hurdles.
On the men's side, Mountain West long jump champion Devin Harrison leads the way. He won last weekend with a personal-best mark of 7.73m to rank him No. 18 heading into the meet in Fayetteville, Ark.
"We've got a good group going back to the first round of the NCAA's and I think a number of them stand a good chance to make it through," Fresno State head coach Scott Winsor said. "Typically, if you can duplicate what you've done to get there you stand a good chance to get through. It's almost about holding your composure while you're there as much as it is performing well."
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