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Thursday, March 9, 2006 - FPU sends seven to NAIA National Indoor Championship

Fresno Pacific University will be represented by seven student-athletes at the NAIA National Indoor Track and Field Championship that begins today in Johnson City, Tennessee.

The team, comprised of two men and five women, will compete in seven events. Freshman Benny Madrigal (Madera, Madera HS) will compete in the 5,000 meters, while senior Mario Ordaz (Fresno, Edison HS) is entered in the shot put and weight throw.

Sophomore Natalie Friesen (Reedley, Immanuel HS) will compete in the long and triple jumps. Molly McAmis (Santa Maria, Ernest Righetti HS), Dia Mathews (Fresno, Central HS/FCC) and Zenaida Cruz (Reedley, Reedley HS) will compete in the shot put. Mathews and Cruz will be joined by Karley Kalinich (Hesperia, Sultana HS/CSU Northridge) in the weight throw.

Friesen, who earned NAIA All-America honors for a fifth place finish in the triple jump last years, owns the fifth-best qualifying mark this year (39-01.25).

FPU is well represented in the weight throw where Kalinich, Mathews and Cruz qualified fourth, sixth and seventh, respectively.

Cruz and McAmis earned NAIA All-America honors outdoors last year in the hammer throw.

FPU at the NAIA NATIONAL INDOOR TRACK & FIELD CHAMPIONSHIP
March 9-11, 2006 - Johnson City, Tennessee
FPU MEN
Name
Year
Hometown High School/College Event
Qualified
Mark
Benny Madrigal
Fr
Madera Madera HS 5,000m
22nd
15:15.06
Mario Ordaz
Sr
Fresno Edison HS Shot put
18th
50-09.50
Mario Ordaz
Sr
Fresno Edison HS Weight throw
27th
50-02
FPU WOMEN
Natalie Friesen
So
Reedley Immanuel HS Long jump
9th
18-03.25
Natalie Friesen
So
Reedley Immanuel HS Triple jump
5th
39-01.25
Molly McAmis
Sr
Santa Maria Ernest Righetti HS Shot put
6th
43-01
Dia Mathews
Jr
Fresno Central HS/FCC Shot put
8th
42-11
Zenaida Cruz
Sr
Reedley Reedley HS Shot put
16th
41-00.25
Karley Kalinich
So
Hesperia Sultana hS/CSU Northridge Weight throw
4th
55-01.50
Dia Mathews
Jr
Fresno Central HS/FCC Weight throw
6th
53-11
Zenaida Cruz
Sr
Reedley Reedley HS Weight throw
7th
53-09.75
FPU SCHEDULE
Friday, March 10, 2006
1:00
Men's weight throw Mario Ordaz
2:45
Women's long jump Natalie Friesen
4:00
Women's weight throw Zenaida Cruz, Karley Kalinich, Dia Mathews
7:15
Men's 5,000 meters - semifinal Benny Madrigal
Saturday, March 11, 2006
12:20
Women's triple jump Natalie Friesen
12:30
Women's shot put Karley Kalinich, Dia Mathews, Molly McAmis
2:45
Men's shot put Mario Ordaz
3:10
Men's 5,000 meters - final Benny Madrigal (?)

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