March 9, 2014
LAS VEGAS - Freshmen Ryle Williams and Lauren Hicks each set new school records and together the Utah Valley University track & field teams combined to win 16 events at the UNLV Track Classic on Friday and Saturday in Las Vegas. The meet marked UVU's first outdoor track meet of the 2014 season.
Williams not only broke the school record in the high jump with a leap of 2.15m (7'-0.50") but he also won the event by clearing the impressive feat. The mark will most likely hold up as a NCAA qualifying height as well. Hicks also set a new Utah Valley record in the women's triple jump as she won the event with a leap of 11.79m (38'-08.25"). Hicks' leap was one centimeter better than the previous record that was held by Shantay Dodge.
Fellow jumpers Scott Moake and Ty Rosser took second and third in the men's high jump by putting up personal-best marks of 2.10m (6'-10.75") and 1.95m (6'-10.75"), respectively.
On the women's side, Bailey Cranford and Bennie Foster both tied the school record in the pole vault by each clearing 3.35m (10'-11.75").
Other wins by the Wolverines at the two-day outdoor meet included Samantha Reeves (100m, 12.26), Mike Fogt (100m, 10.98), Mike Keith (400m, 49.41), Chris Dorton (800m, 1:53.55), Kyler Sprague (110m hurdles, 19.14), Jacob Peterson (400m hurdles, 57.62), Levi Ball (pole vault, 4.57m/15'), Bryce Richards (triple jump, 12.92m/42'-04.75), Jason Lynch (3000m, 8:49.24), Ivie Gonsalves (5000m, 17:42.33) and Seth Gutzwiller (5000m, 15:42.18).
In the team score race, the UVU men won the meet with 60 points while in-state foe Southern Utah took second with 36. The Wolverine women ended the meet in second place as the host Rebels won the women's side with 97.50 points compared to 73.50 from Utah Valley.
The Wolverine men and women's teams will continue their outdoor campaigns in Southern California next weekend. UVU will take part in Cal State Fullerton's Ben Brown Invitational as well as Occidental College's Oxy Distance Carnival.