Fresno State athletes ran their gold medal collection to five at the Mountain West Track and Field Championships on Saturday, including the Bulldogs’ extension of their dominance at 400 meters.
Finishing in a personal-best 54.08 seconds, junior Njeri Omawahleh won the 400 to give the Bulldogs titles in the event in three of the past four conference championships. Fresno State’s Dezirae Johnson (55.08) and Nailah Harris-Murillo (55.40) were fourth and fifth, respectively.
AnneMarie Schwanz and Kayla Hopkins became Fresno State’s first athletes to win in Mountain West 1,500-meter discus championships, respectively.
Schwanz, who took second last year, recorded the fourth-fastest time in meet history Saturday when she clocked out at 4 minutes, 23.06 seconds.
Hopkins, meanwhile, threw 177-5 to win by more than 2 feet.
Fresno State won the women’s 1,600 relay in 3:38.35, the program’s third straight title in that event.
On Friday, Je’Nia Sears won the second Mountain West long jump title in her career after clearing 21-6¼.
Among other highlights, San Diego State’s Ashley Henderson completed a sprint sweep, taking the 200 in an NCAA-leading 22.44. Boise State’s Brenna Peloquin became the first freshman to win the women’s 5,000, finishing in 16:05.99, with Schwanz (16:28.99) third.
The Bulldogs’ 400 relay was second in 45.72. San Diego State won in 44.30.
Fresno State’s Uriel Cabanas (1:51.4) was fourth in the men’s 800, an event won by Utah State’s Clay Lambourne in 1:49.69.
Colorado State was the women’s team champion, scoring 165.50 points. Runner-up San Diego State had 156 and Fresno State was third with 96. Air Force, led by 110 hurdles and 200 dash champ Jamiel Trimble, won the men’s title with 202 points, with Utah State (176) second and Fresno State seventh.