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UVU Men, Women Finish Second at GWC Indoor Championships
Feb. 28, 2011
BRONX, N.Y. -- For the third year in a row, the Utah Valley University men's and women's indoor track and field teams finished second to South Dakota at the Great West Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships Monday, but that didn't put a damper of how UVU coach Scott Houle felt about his teams' performances.
"We came here with the hope of improving individual marks and every one on the team had a great meet," he said. "We are extremely ecstatic on how we finished."
The Wolverine women were in first place after the first day Sunday before South Dakota came on strong to win the meet with 170.5 points. UVU was second with 138.5 points, while Houston Baptist was third with 122 points.
On the men's side, UVU was third heading into the final day and gained enough ground for finish second with 154 points. South Dakota tallied a meet-best 222 points. North Dakota finished third with 102 points.
"We knew coming in that this was probably going to happen with the way we had the meet scored before we came," Houle said. "As coaches we are very excited how we closed the gap from where we thought it could be."
En route to the second-place finishes, the Wolverines had a pair of school and conference records.
Tim Rowberry, who was named the Top Peformer, won the mile with the record time of 4 minutes, 10.53 seconds, while the women's 4 x 400 relay team of Zandrea Nelson, Rebecca Brown, Sally Hansen and Chelsea Baker won the event in record fashion at 3:20.37.
Allah Laryea-Akrong posted a pair of first-place finishes in the 60 meters (6.80) and the 20 meters (21.54), while the 4 x 400-meter relay team consisting of Drew Clarke, Laryea-Akrong, Akwasi Frimpong and Skylar Burningham won the event with the time of 3:20.37.
Behind Rowberry in the mile, Joshua McCabe finished sixth (4:18.31).
Brooke Hodson (5:05.97) and Kalina Zufelt-Clegg (5:10.81) finished fifth and seventh, respectively, in the women's mile.
The Wolverine men placed four in the top eight in the 60-meter hurdles: Clarke (3rd, 8.40); Kalon Weston (5th, 8.90); Williams (6th, 8.93) and McGetrick (8th, 9.05).
Amanda Morse-Ballard (7.70) finished second in the 60-meters, while Anna Yeboah (7.73) was third, and Olivia Kyere-Boateng (10.73) finished eighth.
In the women's 400 meters Nelson (56.36) and Baker (57.14) finished two-three, while Burningham (49.31) was fourth, Weston (51.35) was sixth and Jacob Brydson (52.36) was seventh in the men's 400 meters.
Morse-Ballard (25.04) was second in the 200 meters, while Baker (25.46), Yeboah (25.48) and Kyere-Boateng placed 6-8, respectively.
In the men's 5,000 meters, McCabe (15:10.27) placed third and Baker (15:24.11) was eight, while in the women's 5,000 meters Krystal Harper (17:52.77) was second and Stephanie Christensen (18:03.49). McCabe (8:40.29) also place fifth in the 3,000 meters and Harper (10:12.62) and Christensen (10:13.14) placed third and fourth, respectively, in the women's 3,000 meters.
In the men's long jump, Presten Beatty finished seventh (6.41m) and McGetrick was eighth (6.39m).
Behind Williams in the pole vault, Jacob Hull tied for fourth (4.25m) and Devin Dorius was seventh (3.95m).
Behind Reeves in the weight throw, Becca Hutton (14.85m) finished fifth.
Autumn Robertson (1.60m) finished third in the women's high jump, while Kuan (5.29m) and Jessica Lingwall (5.35m) finished sixth and eighth, respectively in the women's long jump. Ali Shields (10.78m) and Sally Hansen (10.74m) finished seventh and eighth, respectively, in the women's triple jump.
Tanner Brown's throw of 14 meters was good for sixth place in the shot put, while Maryn Pincock's throw of 13.38 meters was good for second place in the women's shot and Sadi Hoyt (12.18m) and Hutton (12.01m) finished fifth and seventh.
Sterling Clegg (1.93m) finished fourth in the high jump.