Men in second, women fourth after day two of WAC Indoor Championships

WOLVERINEGREENDOTCOM Freshman Ryle Williams set a new school record in the high jump by clearing 6'-11
Freshman Ryle Williams set a new school record in the high jump by clearing 6'-11

Feb. 28, 2014

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MOSCOW, Idaho - After day two of the WAC Indoor Track & Field Championships in Moscow, Idaho, the Utah Valley men sit in a tie for second while the women find themselves in fourth. The three-day conference championship meet will conclude on Friday.

With six men's events in the books, the Wolverine men are tied for second with the host Idaho Vandals with 50 points while the women are currently sitting in fourth with 41. Grand Canyon is leading the way for the men with 66.50 points while Kansas City finds itself atop the women's standings with 57.

"Our guys got us off to a good start in the heptathlon this morning and overall we had a solid second day," head coach Scott Houle said. "We were thrilled with Ryle Williams' performance in the high jump as well. Now it's a matter of staying healthy as we're currently struggling with a few injuries but we're hoping that we can get those kids healed up so that they'll be ready to go in the finals on Friday."

Freshman Ryle Williams not only won the high jump but he also set a new school record by clearing 2.11m (6'-11"). The fantastic mark that Williams managed to clear was even more impressive as the freshman suffered a knee injury earlier in the day. After taking a tactical pass late in the event due to being in so much pain, Williams decided give it one more shot the following round and he delivered by clearing 6'-11".

The UVU men also picked up a big win in the distance medley relay in the final event on Thursday. The tandem of freshman Kyler Sprague, sophomore Gary Hatch, junior Trevor Sharp and senior Chris Dorton won the race by nearly eight seconds ahead of the next closest finisher with a time of 10:20.29. Senior Macy Butterfield and sophomores Jason Lynch and Seth Gutzwiller also looked strong for the men's squad in the 5000m run as they ended up taking third (15:15.52), fifth (15:18.87) and seventh (15:33.41), respectively, in the distance event.



The trio of sophomore Chandler Rieske, senior Michael Ashton and junior Ty Rosser began the day by finishing fourth (4,348 points), fifth (4,235) and eighth (3,444), respectively, the men's heptathlon. Rieske and Ashton each won one event apiece in the heptathlon as Rieske took home the 60-meter hurdles (8.73) and Ashton the pole vault (4.55m/14'-11").

On the women's side, junior Ivie Gonsalves paced the Wolverine women with a second-place finish in the 5000-meter run with a time of 18:01.20. Gonsalves was originally disqualified in the race but after a closer look was reinstated and her second-place finish will stand.

The women's distance medley relay team of freshman Caity Beddes and sophomores Shaelee Sweatfield, Ashli Schulz and Celeste Gutzman also had a solid outing as they came through with a third-place finish in the event (12:28.31).

In other notable performances on Thursday, junior sophomore Scott Moake took fourth in the men's high jump (1.99m/6'-06.25"), while junior Michael McPherson placed sixth in the long jump (6.94m/22'-09.25"). Freshman Lauren Hicks ended up placing sixth for the women in the triple jump (11.53m/37'-10") and freshman Rebecca Sainsbury took eighth in the pole vault (3.30m/10'10"),

The third and final day of the WAC Indoor Championships will be held on Friday. The women's weight throw will get things going at 10:30 a.m. PT while the men's 4x400m relay will close the meet at 3:45 p.m. For a complete schedule of events click here.