April 26, 2014
PROVO, Utah - The Utah Valley University track & field teams performed well at the BYU Robison Invitational this weekend despite wet weather at the Clarence F. Robison Track & Field Complex in Provo on Saturday.
Junior Michael McPherson led the men's team by taking second in both the 200-meter dash and the men's long jump while senior Ali Shields led the women's team by taking third in the triple jump as well as the 100-meter hurdles and fourth the long jump.
McPherson looked to have set a new school record in the 200m on Friday by running the race in 20.78 seconds in the prelims but due to too much wind at the time, the record and time won't count. The Wolverine junior did, however, post a second-place outing in the long jump during the meet as well with a leap of 7.07m or 23'-02.25".
Shields earned her third-place finish in the women's triple jump with a mark of 11.45m or 37'-06.75" as well as her third-place one in the 100m hurdles with a time of 15.02 seconds in the event on Saturday. The senior also took fourth in the long jump on the weekend by recording a personal record leap of 5.73m or 18'-09.50".
Junior jumper Scott Moake also performed well for the men's team at the meet by taking third in the high jump (2.01m or 6'-07.25") while freshman Lauren Hicks took second in the women's triple jump with a mark of 11.59m or 38'-00.25".
In other action, freshman Sam Sweet led the women's runners by winning the 400m in a time of 57.35 seconds on Saturday, while her teammates Corrie Lamoreaux and Taylor Gomez took second and third in the same race with respective times of 58.70 and 59.43. Sophomore Mike Keith had a strong showing in the men's 400m as he placed third with a time of 49.76 seconds.
Freshmen sprinters Sydney Bricker
and Samantha Reeves
also ran well in the 100m dash as they took fourth (12.55) and fifth (12.69), respectively. Sophomore Gately Garnett
too ran well for the Wolverine women in the 100m hurdles by placing fifth in the event (15.44).
Freshman McKay Burnett led the Wolverines in the throwing events, as he took third in the men's hammer throw with a toss of 50.14m or 164'-06". He also placed eighth in the shot put (13.96m or 45'-09.50").
In the women's heptathlon on Thursday, sophomore Ashli Schulz and junior Jessica Lingwall both set monster personal records with respective scores of 4,667 and 4,390 points. Schulz's score was good enough for fourth place in the event while Lingwall earned an eighth-place finish.
Due to wet weather, a number of final races and field events were washed out on Saturday.
The Wolverines will be back in action next Thursday at BYU, as they'll take part at the BYU Cougar Invitational that day. UVU will also compete at the Weber State Twilight Meet on May 7th before hosting the 2014 WAC Outdoor Championships, May 14-17, at the Hal Wing Track & Field in Orem.