A Season of Newcomers
July 22, 2009
FRESNO, Calif. - The Fresno State men's track and field team saw success through newcomers and old pros in the 2009 season culminating in a fourth place finish at the conference championship in Logan, Utah.
The Bulldogs started the season off with two post-season qualifiers. Newcomers Peter Krumeich and Tim Greene both qualified for the NCAA Regionals the Cal Opener in Berkeley, Calif. In his first time competing, Krumeich, a junior, took first in the javelin with a heave of 203 feet six inches (62.02 meters) stunning the competition and winning by nearly 25 feet. Greene, also a junior, hurled the hammer 188-11 earning him a second-place finish.
Only seven days later, the Bulldogs met with the Mustangs for the Cal Poly Dual on March 14. Dominating the competition with wins in throwing and jumping events, the Bulldogs strutted their stuff. Tim Greene once again made his presence known along with sophomore Raul Gonzales. Greene and Gonzales went one-two in the discus and hammer throws. Greene launched the discus 163-8 (49.91m), while Gonzales threw for 158-6 (48.32m). The hammer throw went similarly with Greene and Gonzales topping the charts at 163-8.75 (49.91m) and 158-6.25 (48.32m).
Senior Erik Fossen highlighted the Bulldogs jumping events. Fossen placed first in the long jump and the triple jump, while finishing just shy of first in the high jump. Fossen's long jump of 23-2 (7.08m) was a full foot farther than the second place finisher. Fossen leaped for 47-3 (14.41m) in the triple and cleared 6-6.5 (2.00m) in the high jump.
"Tim really came through for us and that is what truly counts. He jumped on board with what we worked with him on and really improved which in the end paid off," Coach Scott Winsor said.
The Stanford Invitational saw another NCAA Regional qualification, this time on the track. Frank Sanders, a junior, qualified for the Regional with a qualifying time of 3:26:77 in the 1,500.
"Frank has had a great career at Fresno State," said Winsor, "he really adjusted to the new coaching staff and style and did very well," Winsor said.
March ended with a bang as Val-Pierre Dai'Re ran an NCAA Regional qualifying time of 51.81 in the 400 hurdles during the Cal-Nevada Championships. The time was a season best for Dai'Re, a junior, and made him a second-time qualifier for the Regional.
"Val is a team leader who we look to keep the team focused," said Winsor, "his own focus on the sprints and hurdles paid off."
April opened with the Cal Poly Invitational and a ticket to the Regional Championships for DeAnte Brown. The redshirt senior won the triple jump, qualifying with 49 -4.5 (15.05m) tying his personal best. Greene continued to have success after casting the discus 161-6.5 (49.24m) to lead the male competitors.
The month of May proved to be another month for qualifications. Sophomore Kendrick Young joined Dai'Re as a postseason qualifier in the quarter-mile hurdles. Young took second in the 400 hurdles at Warmerdam Field against CSU Bakersfield nabbing an NCAA Regional qualification for the second year in a row, coming in at a season-best 52.45.
"Just looking at the number of athletes that qualified for the regionals is outstanding. It was good for our athletes to get to that level and learn something new and expand upon that experience," Winsor said.
May also brought about the conference outdoor championships where the men placed fourth overall. Frank Sanders and the men's 4x400 relay team of Michael Barragan, Young, Dai'Re and Darryl Miller picked up individual titles to push the men to fourth with 101 points. Sanders began the men's track events by defending his title in the 1,500.
Running a 3:51.41 for the win, Sanders met the NCAA Regional standard in the event. Prior to the Sanders' run, Miller ran to a third place finish in the open 400 with a 47.69, Dai'Re also grabbed team points, taking fifth in the 100. Durran Moore rounded out the sprints for the Bulldogs with a career-best time of 21.52 for fourth place in the 200. The 4x100 team, Charles Williams, DeAnte Brown, Dai'Re and Moore also captured third with a season-best time of 41.00. Paul Zwama, took to the track to take on the 5,000. The freshman distance runner took it to the limit for the `Dogs adding another second-place finish to the point total for Fresno State. On the field, Lyle Quillen and Taylor Franzman vaulted to fourth and fifth places, respectively. Quillen cleared 15-7 (4.75m), while Franzman overcame 15-1 (4.60m) to grab six points for the team.
Brown, who ran in the 4x100, also picked up team points in the triple jump. The senior cleared a 48-0 (14.63m) in the triple jump to take sixth. After a career-day on day 3, Greene contributed more points for Fresno State in the discus throw on the final day. Greene took sixth with a heave of 161-3 (29.15m).
Eight Bulldogs in nine events competed in the NCAA West Regional, which began on May 29 in Eugene, Ore. Brown (triple jump), Dai'Re (110 and 400 hurdles), Tim Greene (hammer and discuss) Krumeich (javelin), Sanders (1,200), Young (400 hurdles) and the 4x4000 relay team of Michael Barragan, Young, Dai'Re and Darryl Miller represented Fresno State in the first round of the NCAAs.
After the first day of competition in Eugene, the Bulldog's 4x4000 relay team came out in the top ten after grabbing seventh place with a time of 3:14.01. Brown also finished in the top ten competitors landing in eighth place for the triple-jump after a jump of 50-3.25 (15.32m). Tim Greene who competed in both discuss and hammer; earning 14th place with a throw of 193-4 (58.93m) in the hammer, and 16th place after heaving the discuss 152-10 (46.58m).
"Overall the season was a success. We didn't finish where we wanted to in conference but looking at the season as a whole and getting athletes to NCAA Regionals is a success. We are building a program where academics and athletics are synonymous with each other and we are building that foundation," Winsor said.
Winsor, new to the Bulldogs this year, took the 2009 season to get to know the team's strengths and areas of improvement.
"We will be looking towards building a program that recruits with Stanford, Berkeley, UCLA and other UC schools. We are looking to achieve nothing but top scores and athletes. The potential and capability are there and I have no doubt we will achieve that goal," Winsor said.
A 1987 graduate of Loras College, Winsor took over Fresno State's track and field program as the Bulldog's head coach on July 10, 2008, after coaching 20 years at the University of Notre Dame. Winsor is joined by assistant coaches Chris Baptista, Sean McManus and Lisa Misipeka.
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