The Fresno State women’s track and field team roared back on the final day of the Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field Championships to finish in third place.
Njeri Omawahleh earned gold for Fresno State in the 400m while two teammates trailed just behind to score points by placing fourth and fifth. Omawahleh set the eighth-fastest time (54.05) in school history en route to her title and Dezirae Johnson was fourth at 55.08 seconds and Nailah Harris-Murillo was fifth at 55.40 seconds.
In a race that came down to one-hundredth of a second, Kyra Johnson was edged out for the gold by San Diego State’s Madison Gipson. Kyra Johnson timed in a 58.03 seconds, which reset the all-time Fresno State school record she already owned, by Gipson’s 58.02
58.03 Kyra Johnson, Fresno State (Piner ’12) Mountain West Outdoor Championshipsl 5/14/16
59.96 Wendi Simmons, Graceland (Santa Rosa HS ’87) in 1990
59.99 Dezirae Johnson, Fresno State (Piner ’12) 3/15/14 Clovis
60.88 Alena Cook, SSU 2006
60.91 Annette Spear, SSU 1989
The women’s 4x400m relay was the final event of the championship and the Bulldogs closed the day strong to secure their third place team finish, holding off fourth place New Mexico. The relay team of Kyra and Dezirae Johnson, Harris-Murillo and Omawahleh helped earn Fresno State’s third-straight MW Championship in the 4x400m relay.