UVU Heads to Colorado for Meet at AFA

Cliff Nielson

Jan. 25, 2012

OREM, Utah-- After participating the last two weeks in the state of Idaho, the Utah Valley University men's and women's indoor track teams will head East for their fourth meet of the season.

Action at the Air Force Academy indoor meet gets underway Thursday at 3:30 p.m. with four events in the heptathlon, and Matt Williams, Michael McPhersonand Rusty Jones are set to compete.

The women's pentathlon gets underway Friday at 10:30 a.m. and Jessica Lingwall, Ali Shieldsand Lexie Esplin are scheduled to compete.

In addition to UVU and Air Force, BYU, Colorado, Colorado State, Long Beach State, Northern Colorado, San Diego State (women), and Wyoming will also participate in the meet.

The Air Force Team Challenge is set for Saturday.

Last week in Boise, Allah Laryea-Akrong set a new school record in the 200 meters with the time of 21.44 seconds, and Megan Burr notched a school record in the preliminaries of the 60-meter hurdles with the time of 8.80.

Their performances, along with several first-place finishes by distance runners and one in field events, highlighted Utah Valley's third indoor track meet of the season. Two weeks ago at the Snake River Invitational in Pocatello, Laryea-Akrong won the 60 m (6.79) and the 200m (21.93).

In Boise, Cliff Nielsonled the distance runners with a pair of first-place finishes in the mile (4:14.54) and 3000m (8:42.83).

For the second straight week, Tim Rowberry, the reigning Great West Conference Male Runner of the Week, won the 800m (1:51.62).

Aleina Eisenhauer-Winger won the mile (5:02.25) and finished fourth in the 800m (2.17.99).

In field events, McPherson won the long jump with the distance of 22 feet, 11 inches.