Billy Coleman won the long jump with a mark of 23-11 3/4, and Derek Oliver took the pole vault at 16-6 1/2 Thursday to help the Fresno State men's team move in front on the first day of the Big West Conference track and field championships.
The Bulldogs, seeking their seventh consecutive men's championship, held a 74-38 lead over Utah State in the seven-team men's competition.Fresno State also led the women's division after the first day. The Bulldogs, winners of the last two women's titles, had 49 points and a 15-point lead over second-place UNLV.
Utah State's Craig Carter was the only double winner during Thursday's competition. The junior thrower successfully defended his conference discus title with a throw of 168-9 and captured the hammer throw at 201-8.
In women's competition, UC Irvine distance runner Beth McGrann successfully defended her 10,000-meter crown with a meet record time of 35 minutes, 51.72 seconds. The win, combined with three previous 5,000-meter triumphs, raised her conference meet victory total to five in four years.
The two-day competition concludes today.