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Triple jumper Archie becomes Fresno Pacific’s first NCAA All-American

Sharessa Archie of Fresno Pacific finishes eighth in the triple jump with a mark of 40-7.75 at the NCAA Division II track and field championships in Bradenton, Fla.
Sharessa Archie of Fresno Pacific finishes eighth in the triple jump with a mark of 40-7.75 at the NCAA Division II track and field championships in Bradenton, Fla. SPECIAL TO THE BEE

Sharessa Archie and Sarah Hill are NCAA All-Americans for Fresno Pacific.

Archie, the former Clovis North High standout, became the first when she finished eighth in the triple jump at the Division II championships Friday at IGM Stadium in Bradenton, Fla. Hill became the second Saturday, finishing seventh in the high jump in the Sunbirds’ first year of full NCAA membership.

Archie cleared 40-7.75; Hill’s top mark was 5-7..

“Our first All-American honor being Shar is emblematic of who she is and has been to this program,” Sunbirds coach Ray Winter said. “One of our best jumpers ever and a difference-maker to those around her, a great ambassador of FPU and the program.”

Zach Umfress didn’t place in the pole vault finals Saturday. Donte McDaniel was 11th (50-1.75) in the men’s triple jump.

Ryan Phillips competed in the 800 Friday, with the junior finishing in a nonqualifying 1:54.53.

Courtney Moore finished 13th (4:03.92) in the 1,500 prelims and Tia Edwards 19th (1:02.66) in the 400 hurdle prelims. The juniors did not qualify for the finals.

Sunbirds add coach – Tim Beauregard is taking over Fresno Pacific’s women’s basketball team, becoming the eighth head coach in program history.

Beauregard returns after serving as an assistant from 2006-10 before moving to Azusa Pacific as lead assistant. The Cougars won the 2011 NAIA national championship. Beauregard joined the staff at the University of Cumberlands in Kentucky before returning to the Valley to coach at the AAU level. He prepped at Yosemite High, leading the Badgers to a section title in 1999.

Last season, the Sunbirds went 5-21, including 3-17 in PacWest play. The Sunbirds have gone 11-40 over the past two years and haven’t posted a winning record (18-12) since the 2006-07 season.

Pair join adminstration – Bryce Huettmann and Jordan Herrod have been added to the Sunbirds’ athletics staff.

Huettmann will be assistant athletic director for event operations and facilities and Herrod the assistant director of athletic communications.

Huettmann was at Akron the past 10 years but also spent seven at Fresno State in licensing, team store management and marketing.

Scott honored – Fresno Pacific’s Preston Scott was named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association All-West Region honorable mention team. He set a school record with a 26-game hitting streak and ranked among the West Region leaders in multiple offensive categories.

Anthony Galaviz: 559-441-6042, @agalaviz_TheBee

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