Sears Jumps into NCAA Top-5 at UC Irvine Invite

March 23, 2013

By: Matt Burkholder

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IRVINE, Calif. - The Fresno State track and field team was led by sophomore sensation Je'Nia Sears on Saturday as she registered the fourth-best long jump in the nation this season with a distance of 20'-5.75", this time on the outdoor scene at the UC Irvine Spring Break Invitational.

Sears' jump also sets a school record as well a personal-best on the outdoor circuit, surpassing a PR previously set at last year's WAC Outdoor Championships of 19'-6.75".

Another young gun to note is freshman Kyra Johnson, Johnson logged the 24th-ranked 400-meter hurdle in the NCAA, clocking in at 1:00.95. Johnson's time ranks as the fourth-best in Fresno State history. She placed second at the Invite, just behind an unattached runner.

On the opening day, Friday, Bulldogs J'Quyra Moncur-Blue and Daniel Vartanian were winners at Anteater Stadium.

Moncur-Blue led the Bulldogs in a one, two, three, four finish as the `Dogs dominated the hammer throw. Moncur-Blue tossed a 183'-02" throw while teammates Meagan McKee (178'-02"), Tawnya Turton (170'-05") and Nikki Uikilifi (167'-01") trailed right behind her.

Vartanian, on the men's side, won the 5000m run in a field of 29 with a time of 14:47.12. Vartanian's time placed as the 40th-best time run in the nation and No. 2 in the Mountain West in 2013.

Next week the 'Dogs are off to Palo Alto for the Stanford Invitational, held March 29th and 30th.

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