Cal State Stanislaus runner Cherise McNair had a lot of things on her mind Monday.
Setting a school record wasn't one of them.
A day after bidding adieu to one of her best friends, on his way to Houston for a two-year Mormon mission, McNair ran in her first indoor meet. She set a school record in the 3,000 meters, coming in second in 10 minutes, 38.82 seconds at the Run For The Dream meet at Fresno's Save Mart Center.
Birdie McCarey of Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo won the event in 10:21.61. Warrior teammate Erin Frier was right behind McNair in fourth at 10:39.58.
"I was more emotionally distraught over my friend leaving to notice what was going on," McNair said. "It was my first indoor race, so that was really cool. I liked it. I liked the shorter laps. It seemed easier mentally than the outdoor season."
McNair, a Sierra High graduate, is more confident about how fast she can go, not how long she can last, and speed was what she needed Monday. She wasn't aiming for a school record, though, just her own career best run.
"As long as I beat my time from my last meet, I'm pretty satisfied," McNair said. "I'm not looking for any titles. I've always been a time person. If I post a good time, I'm happy."
The Cal State Stanislaus women competed against Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo, Hawaii and Fresno State. Stanislaus' Rosemary Feikert was third in the pole vault at 11 feet, 8¾ inches. Jasimen Bailey was fourth in the weight throw (49-9¾) and sixth in the shot put (40-3½).
BRAGG-ING RIGHTS -- Manteca's Ja-Neil Bragg earned her second Big West Female Swimmer of the Week honor of the season after leading Pacific to victories over UC Davis and Cal Poly-San Luis Obispo on Jan. 19 at Davis.
Bragg won the 200 IM (2:06.55) and 200 freestyle (1:50.88) and helped the 200 medley relay team win in 1:45.75. Pacific beat UC Davis 172-122 and Cal Poly-SLO 180-111.
ALUMNI GAME CANCELED -- The Stanislaus alumni baseball game scheduled for Saturday has been canceled due to rain. The Warriors open their season at home against Western Oregon on Feb. 5 at 2:30 p.m.
NUMBERS GAME -- If some of the categories they lead would start translating into victories, the Stanislaus men's and women's basketball teams might feel better about them.
The men (3-12, 2-6 CCAA) lead the California Collegiate Athletic Association in 3-pointers made, averaging 8.6 per game. Senior Duane Jones leads the Warriors beyond the arc with 31 treys.
The men also lead in free throw percentage (75.4) and are third in blocked shots (50).
The women (4-10, 2-6 CCAA) lead in blocked shots with 69, two fewer than they denied all of last season. The Warriors are on pace for 128 blocks. The school record is 124 from the 1976-77 season. Stanislaus is second in free throw shooting at 73 percent.