April 11, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY - Junior Michael McPherson and freshman Bennie Foster led the way for the Utah Valley University track & field teams on Friday at the 2014 Utah Spring Classic in Salt Lake City as McPherson won the 200-meter dash as well as placed second in the long jump while Foster set a new school record in the pole vault.
McPherson, who has been named the WAC Athlete of the Week twice already during the outdoor season, took home the 200m dash title at Utah's McCarthey Family Track & Field on Friday evening with a blazing time of 21.42 seconds. The Wolverine junior also placed second in the long jump with a leap of 7.17m or 23'-06.25". Foster on the other hand eclipsed her very own school record in the pole vault by clearing 3.67m or 12'-00.50". The freshman Foster's vault was good enough to tie for fourth place in the event.
"It was a solid meet for us," head coach Scott Houle said. "Bethany (Foster) has been working hard and diligent in doing the things needed to get to this point. Pole vault is a very technical event and you can go long periods of time without seeing much improvement, and finally it all starts to come together. We also had good performances in the sprints and the hurdles on Friday."
Freshman hurdler Kyler Sprague also had a big meet for the UVU men's team as he finished second in the 400m hurdles with a time of 51.81 seconds and sixth in the 110m hurdles (14.80).
Senior jumper Autumn Robertson had a solid showing for the women's squad as she took third in the high jump by clearing 1.57m (5'-01.75").
The Utah Valley women also received notable performances from freshman Samantha Reeves
(5th, 100m, 12.29) and senior Ali Shields
(7th, 100m hurdles, 14.43 and 7th, long jump, 5.43m/17'.09.75") sophomore Gately Garnett
(9th, 100m hurdles 14.69), while sophomore Trac Norris
(6th, 800m, 1:52.08) also fared well for the men's team.
"Gately Garnett and Kyler Sprague posted solid times in the hurdles to start moving them up in the conference rankings. Trac Norris is also getting back on track with his time in the 800. We had more strong individual performances that will give us confidence moving forward in the season leading up to conference," added Houle. "We look to continue this momentum into the second portion of the weekend at Weber State on Saturday."
The third annual Utah Spring Classic consisted of athletes from Utah, UVU, BYU, Utah State, Weber State, Westminster, Idaho State, Montana State and Wyoming.
Both the Wolverine men and women will continue their seasons on Saturday at Weber State. The Weber State Invitational will get underway at 10 a.m. at Stewart Stadium in Ogden.