Jan. 14, 2014
DENVER - Utah Valley University swept all four Western Athletic Conference men's and women's track & field Athlete of the Week awards on Tuesday as Cole Eisenhour and Michael McPherson took home the men's honors, while Brooke Hodson-Davies and Lauren Hicks won the women's. The awards were the first of the season and were announced Tuesday by the WAC.
Eisenhour, a sophomore from Roy, Utah (Roy HS), broke the school record in the 60-meter hurdles for the second consecutive meet of the season on Saturday at the BYU Invitational. Eisenhour's record-breaking time of 8.15 seconds was also fast enough to win the race and was seven one-hundredths of a second faster than his previous record that he set at Boise State last month. The Wolverine sophomore also competed in the 300-meter dash and placed third in the event with a time of 36.17 seconds.
McPherson, a junior from Parker, Colo. (Chaparral Parker HS), set three new school records over the weekend at the BYU Invitational as he placed second in the men's heptathlon with 5,432 points. McPherson's total was good enough to set a new school record in the event as he shattered his previous record of 5,180 that he set last season at Boise State, by more than 250 points. He also set Utah Valley records in the long jump - an event he competed in at the NCAAs last year - with a leap of 24-03.25 (7.40m), and in the 1000m with a time of 2:45.74. Out of the seven events in the heptathlon, McPherson won four of them (60m 6.86, 60m hurdles 8.36, long jump 24-03.25 and 1000m 2:45.74).
For McPherson's stellar outing over the weekend, he now finds himself ranked fourth in the country in the heptathlon and seventh in the long jump.
Hodson-Davies, a senior from Orem, Utah (Timpanogos HS), opened her indoor season on Saturday by winning the 3000m run at the BYU Invitational. With a time of 10:14.15, Hodson-Davies won the race by nearly a second ahead of her next closest finisher, BYU's Makenna Smith (10:15.03). Hodson-Davies is coming off of a solid cross country campaign where she was the Wolverines' top finisher at the NCAA Cross Country Mountain Region Championships. Hodson-Davies also had a strong season on the track in 2013 as she qualified for the NCAAs in the 3000m steeplechase last May as well.
Hicks, a freshman from Gilbert, Ariz. (Gilbert HS), broke the UVU school record in the triple jump with a leap of 37-07.50 (11.47m) on Saturday at the BYU Invitational. Her jump broke the previous school record by three inches and was good enough for second place at the meet. The record-breaking performance was already the UVU freshman's second of the young season in the event. Hicks also took fifth in the long jump at the Invite (15-10.25) and 12th in the 60m dash (8.47).
Other nominees included DeShaunte Lewis of Chicago State (track) and Kansas City's Kris Leverette (field).
Both the Wolverine men and women will return to action on Saturday at Idaho State's Snake River Open.