Aug 21, 2019
Fresno State's Varvara Klyuchnikova, Jestena Mattson and Maja Pogorevc garner Mountain West honorees at championships. (Photo courtesy of Fresno State Athletics)

Fresno State women’s track and field finish 8th in MW Championship

The Fresno State track and field team concluded the 2019 Mountain West Indoor Championship Saturday afternoon at the Albuquerque Convention Center by finishing eighth as a team in the meet with 40 points.

On Saturday, the Bulldogs added two medals to the team’s total, as seniors Varvara Klyuchnikova and Maja Pogorevc both medaled in the high jump and in the 400 meter, respectively.

Klyuchnikova started strong out of the gate for the ‘Dogs as she set a personal best, posting the highest jump of her Bulldog indoor career. Klyuchnikova’s new personal best came at the height of 1.75m, which ranks second on the all-time indoor records list for Fresno State.

Despite setting the second highest high jump mark in Fresno State indoor history, Klyuchnikova was unable to get over the bar on her second jump at 1.75m/5-8.75. Klyuchnikova needed one completion to move on, but failed to make it over the bar, resulting in her just missing the chance to move up into the third place position due to the number of previous misses.

Pentathlete Jestena Mattson earned points for Fresno State in the 60-meter hurdles, finishing with a time of 8.71 seconds. The mark gave Mattson 15 total points on her third day of competing, earning 10 in the pentathlon, four in the long jump and one in the 60-meter hurdles.

The top two times by Pogorevc and Patricija Roshofa for the women’s 400 meters would come in the second heat of the event. The pair finished as two of four athletes under 55 seconds (Pogorevc – 54.94; Roshofa – 54.98). The duo would pick up 11 points for the ‘Dogs during the weekend.

For Porgorevc, it was her third Mountain West bronze medal overall, and second at the indoor championships, earning wins in 2017 and 2019. Porgorevc earned a third-place finish to grab the final spot in Friday’s prelims.

The freshman Roshofa notched a personal record by besting the 55.10 that she set on Friday night as the third-fastest qualifier.

The final event for the Bulldogs during the weekend was the 4×400 relay team of Pogorevc, Roshofa, Divina Henry and Kimberly Efonye placing fourth with a time of 3:44.07 to lead the Bulldogs to an eighth-place finish.

The Mountain West announced Tuesday the 2018-19 MW Indoor Track & Field All-Conference team, which is comprised of the top-three finishers in each individual event and the top-three relay teams at the 2019 MW Indoor Championships. Fresno State’s Varvara Klyuchnikova, Jestena Mattson and Maja Pogorevc were each named to the team.

Bulldogs chosen for All-Mountain West team

Following this past Saturday’s meet in Albuquerque, the Mountain West announced the 2018-19 MW Indoor Track & Field All-Conference team, which included Klyuchnikova, Mattson and Pogorevc being recognized for top-three finishes in each individual event and the top-three relay teams at the 2019 MW Indoor Championships.

Mattson earned a spot on the team after receiving the only championship of the meet on Saturday. Mattson, now a two-time pentathlon champion, won the multi-event by breaking her own school record with 4,082 points, a total that ranked fifth-best in Mountain West history. Mattson also tied a personal best in the high jump (1.70m) and set a new personal best in the shot put (12.81m).

Pogorevc joins Mattson on the All-MW team for the second time after receiving her second-career indoor bronze medal in the 400 meters. Pogorevc finished third overall with a time 54.94.

Klyuchnikova grabbed her first conference medal as a Bulldog, placing third in the high jump. The senior posted the best jump of her indoor career, clearing 1.75m. The mark ranks second all-time on the indoor list at Fresno State.

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