First-year Bulldog Trevor Clayton fired seven birdies to erase a two-stroke deficit in Sunday’s final round and soar to the Mountain West Championship individual title.
Clayton entered the day two strokes behind leader Corey Eddings of Nevada, but quickly climbed atop the leaderboard with five birdies across the front nine at Omni Tucson National’s Catalina Course in Tucson, Ariz., and finished at 9-under-par 207.
Eddings took second at 7 under, with UNLV’s Zane Thomas, New Mexico’s Sam Kim and San Diego State’s Nahum Mendoza III in a three-way tie for third at 4 under.
Clayton, a junior transfer from Stanislaus State who led Fresno State with a team-low 72.30 scoring average over 10 tournaments and 30 rounds, became the school’s first men’s golfer to win an individual conference title since then-freshman Grant Doverspike won the Western Athletic Conference crown in 2007.
As a team, the Bulldogs finished third at 5-under (275-296-288) 859.
UNLV won the team title at 18 under, shooting a championship-best 9 under in Sunday’s final round. New Mexico was second at 15-under 849.
Lacrosse – Fresno State dominated Saint Mary’s 22-4 on Sunday, celebrating its Senior Night in record-breaking fashion to close out the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation season.
The Gaels (0-14, 0-9 MPSF) had little luck against the Bulldogs (5-10, 2-7), who climbed to a 12-4 lead at halftime.
Nicole Ortlieb scored five goals to become the Bulldogs’ record holder for most goals in a single season at 34. Caroline Dineen-Carlson added four of her own and eight other Bulldogs found the back of the net.
The Bulldogs honored six seniors: captain Sophia Aragon, Jordyn Few, Meghan Macaulay, Ariel Ross, Meganne Weissenfels and Anjelica Fuccillo.
Track and field – Fresno State’s Je’Nia Sears soared an NCAA season-best 21 feet, 9 inches in winning the long jump at Saturday’s Bulldog Invitational at Veterans Memorial Stadium.
Ex-Bulldog Meagan McKee, competing for Weight City, won the hammer at 202-11, Fresno City’s Melody Harris the javelin at 153-4 and the Bulldogs’ Kayla Hopkins the shot at 46-10.
Fresno City’s Moesha Davidson won the 100 dash in 11.36, with the Bulldogs’ Shakira Lewis second in 11.78. Fresno State’s Dezirae Johnson won the 800 in 2:10.93 and teammate Kyra Johnson the 400 hurdles in 59.49.
Annemarie Schwanz, who on Friday broke her Fresno State record in the 1,500-meter run with an NCAA second-best time of 4:14.89 at the Stanford Twilight meet, won the 3,000 at her home meet in 10:06.99. The Bulldogs’ 1,600 relay of Johnson, Nailah Harris-Murillo, Sears and Kimberley Efonye won in 3:53.67.
On the men’s side, Donte McDaniel of Fresno Pacific took the long jump with a top mark of 23-7.5, with Fresno City’s Brandon Martin second at 22-3. Fresno Pacific’s Ryan Phillips won the 1,500 in 3:52.38, with the Bulldogs’ Uriel Cabanas second in 3:53.20.
Keane Bland of Fresno State won the 110 hurdles in 14.12 and teammate Kamara Biawogi the 400 hurdles in 54.22, with Fresno Pacific’s Scott Hickam second in 54.95.
Cooper Gill (8:31.80) and Matt Kwiatkowski (8:34.48) ran 1-2 for Fresno State in the 3,000 meters. Biawogi, Bland, Esteban Vega and Cabanas combined for the victory in the 1,600 relay in 3:21.37 over the Bulldogs’ B team (3:22.28).
▪ At the Stanford meet, Schwanz topped a field of 32 finishers. Stanford’s Molly McNamara (4:15.22) was second in a race that established three of the year’s top five collegiate times, with McNamara at No. 4.
The junior already had broken her existing school record in the 1,500 once this season, finishing in 4:17.03 at the Bryan Clay Invitational on April 15 in Azusa.