McPherson sets UVU decathlon record at Mt. SAC Relays

Junior Michael McPherson

April 17, 2014

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AZUSA, Calif. - Utah Valley University junior Michael McPherson set a new school record in the decathlon at the renowned Mt. SAC Relays on Thursday in Southern California with 7,271 points.

The 7,271 points were just 10 points shy of winning the event as the Wolverine junior finished second in the decathlon. McPherson, who won the decathlon at Mt. SAC a year ago, posted four personal records and tied another one during the two-day event.

Out of the 10 total events in the decathlon, McPherson won three of them as he took first in in the 100-meter dash (10.76), as well as tops in the long jump (7.22m) and the 400m dash (48.07). He also finished second in the 110m hurdles (14.89), second in the 1500m run (4:34:50), and fourth in the high jump (1.96m) and the pole vault (4.30m).

McPherson set the school record in the epic event by besting Andrew Levin's previous record (7,241) that was set back in 2002 by 30 points on Thursday.

The 2014 Mt. SAC Relays/California Invitational Decathlon & Heptathlon were held on Wednesday and Thursday at Azusa Pacific's Cougar Stadium in Azusa, Calif.

Also in action for UVU on Thursday at APU's Bryan Clay Invitational was freshman thrower McKay Burnett. Burnett recorded a toss of 48.42m (158'-10"), which was good enough for seventh place in his flight of the men's hammer throw.

A slew of distance runners also competed for the Wolverines late on Thursday evening at Mt. SAC and sophomore Trac Norris led the way by placing second in his heat of the men's 3000m steeplechase. Norris earned the second-place finish with a time of 9:02.67, which might hold up as an NCAA qualifying time for next month's NCAA Preliminary Rounds.

Seniors Chris Dorton and Chris Brower also took part in the 3000m steeplechase Thursday night and Dorton posted a time of 9:15.16 while Brower recorded a personal record of 9:21.90.



Fellow distance runners Seth GutzwillerBridget Hazel and Ivie Gonsalves also competed for Utah Valley in the 10,000m run late Thursday night. Gutzwiller finished in 17th place with a time of 31:28.96 on the men's side while Hazel earned a 19th-place finish (38:11.22) on the women's and Gonsalves had to withdraw from her race due to muscle cramps.

The Wolverines will continue the Mt. SAC Relays on Friday and Saturday at Mt. SAC's Hilmer Lodge Stadium. UVU will also compete at the Bryan Clay Invitational at APU's Cougar Stadium on Friday and Long Beach State's Beach Invitational at Cerritos College on Saturday.