May 30, 2014
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FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. - Utah Valley University saw its 2014 NCAA Division I West Preliminary action come to a close on Friday evening at Arkansas' John McDonnell Field in Fayetteville as four more of its student-athletes were eliminated from competition in their respective events.
Despite none of the Wolverines advancing in preliminary action this weekend, junior Michael McPherson will become UVU's first-ever track star to compete at the NCAA Championships as he previously qualified in the decathlon. The Wolverine decathlete will enter the Championships ranked 20th in the nation in the multi-event with 7,401 points and will take to the track June 11-12 in Eugene, Oregon.
A day removed from McPherson and freshman Kyler Sprague taking 44th and 46th, respectively, in the long jump (6.66m or 21'-10.25") and 400-meter hurdles (54.21), sophomore Trac Norris placed 20th in the men's 3000m steeplechase (8:57.76) while senior Brooke Hodson-Davies took 43rd in women's steeplechase (11:04.25) and sophomore Scott Moake (2.02m or 6'-07.50") and freshman Ryle Williams (no height) tied for 33rd and 41st in the high jump.
Norris had the strongest showing of any Wolverine on the weekend as he finished just 8-seconds shy of qualifying for Nationals in the steeplechase. The UVU distance runner placed eighth in his heat and 20th overall with his sub-9 minute time. Norris' solid time of 8:57.76 was just off of the school record as well as his personal record.
Fellow distance runner Hodson-Davies finished her stellar five-year career at UVU in the final event on Friday evening with a time of 11:04.25 in the women's 3000m steeplechase. Hodson-Davies' time was good enough for 16th in her heat.
In the high jump, Moake topped out at 2.02m as he cleared the opening-height in his second attempt while Williams -- who has battled through knee injuries all season long -- finished with no height, as he couldn't clear the bar in his first three attempts.
The NCAA regional competition was Hodson-Davies, McPherson and Norris' second of their careers and the first for the trio of Moake, Sprague and Williams.
The 2014 NCAA Division I Outdoor Track & Field Championships will take place at Oregon's Hayward Field on June 11-14. For a complete schedule of events for the NCAA Championships, click HERE.