Fresno State Uses Its Depth to Win Big West Track Title


Fresno State won only six of 21 individual events, but had more than enough depth to win its eighth consecutive Big West Conference men’s track and field championship Saturday at Nevada Las Vegas.

The Bulldogs scored 202 team points, easily beating Cal State Long Beach (120), Utah State (116), UC Irvine (88), UC Santa Barbara (69), New Mexico State (35) and Cal State Fullerton (18).

The women’s meet was much closer, as UNLV (146) edged Irvine (135), San Diego State (132) and Fresno State (104).

Fresno State men’s winners Saturday were Rod Heskett in the 1,500 meters, Richard Holmes in the 110 high hurdles, Ron McCree in the 100, Todd Reich in the javelin and Reggie Jackson in the triple jump. Todd Sprague won the pole vault on Friday.


Long Beach’s Otis Dixon, who won the 400 and ran legs on the 49ers’ winning 1,600 and 400 relay teams, was named outstanding male athlete of the meet.

San Diego State’s Gaylen Ames, who won the heptathlon and placed among the top six in five other events, was named outstanding female athlete of the meet.