Jan. 30, 2014
OREM, Utah - The Utah Valley University track & field teams will return to Pocatello, Idaho, for the second straight meet this weekend to take part at Idaho State's Mountain States Games. The two-day competition will be held at ISU's Holt Arena and will run Friday through Saturday.
The meet will kick-off Friday at noon with the men's heptathlon, while the women's pentathlon will then begin 15 minutes later. The distance medley relay will conclude Friday's events at 7:50 p.m. The meet will then pick back up on Saturday morning at 9:30 a.m. with the conclusion of the men's heptathlon. The running events will then start at 11 a.m. (mile) and the meet is expected to conclude after the finals of the 200-meter dash at 2:30 p.m.
UVU last participated at ISU's Snake River Open two weeks ago and the Wolverines had a big meet where they won 12 total events and posted 39 top-three finishes. Freshman Lauren Hicks led the way by breaking the school record for the third time on the season in the triple jump with a leap of 11.56m.
Sophomore Trac Norris was named the WAC Track Athlete of the Week following the meet after winning both the 800m (1:53.57) as well as running the final leg of the winning 4x400m relay team (3:16.18).
Senior Brooke Hodson-Davies continued her early season success in the distance events as she won the 1-mile run with a time of 5:05.08, while junior Michael McPherson also posted another solid meet by winning the long jump with a mark of 7.01m. McPherson was the lone Wolverine to compete last weekend as well he took part at the Air Force Invitational. McPherson won the long jump at AFA as well as he tied the school record that he holds with a leap of 7.40m. He also fared well in the heptathlon last weekend, as he set personal bests in the 60m hurdles (8.33) and the pole vault (4.20m).
In other notable performances at the Snake River Open two weeks ago, junior Nicholas Taylor
won the 200m dash (21.66), seniors Michael Ashton
and Marcus Pratt
shared the men's pole vault title (4.65m), freshman Bryce Richards took first in the triple jump (12.91m), sophomore Trevor Sharp
won the 1-mile run (4:23.89), junior Ty Rosser
took first in the men's high jump (1.85m) and freshman Emily Krout
took home the women's high jump title (1.50m).
On the latest WAC Indoor Performance List, McPherson leads the conference in the 60m (6.88), the long jump (7.40m) and the heptathlon (5432). McPherson's total in the heptathlon is also good enough to rank him seventh in the nation, while his mark of 7.40m in the long jump currently places him 28th. Taylor also leads the WAC in the 200m (21.47) and ranks second in the 60m (6.89), while sophomore Cole Eisenhour is tops in the league in the 60m hurdles (8.17) and sophomore Ashli Schulz paces the league in the pentathlon (3196).
In the first USTFCCCA NCAA Division I Regional Rankings of the season that were released this week, the Wolverine men's team finds itself ranked 11th in the Mountain Region.
Following this weekend's meet, UVU will be off until Feb. 15 when it will head Nampa, Idaho, to participate at the Boise State Team Challenge.
SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
12 p.m. - Heptathlon
12:15 p.m. - Pentathlon
5:30 p.m. - Weight Throw
6 p.m. - 60m hurdles (preliminary)
6 p.m. - Pole Vault - Men's
6 p.m. - High Jump - Women's
6:25 p.m. - 60m dash (preliminary)
6:45 p.m. - 5000m
7 p.m. - Shot Put - Women's
7 p.m. - Long Jump - Women's
7:30 p.m. - 200m (preliminary)
7:50 p.m. - Distance Medley Relay
9:30 a.m. - 60m hurdles (heptathlon)
10 a.m. - pole vault (heptathlon)
11 a.m. - Open Mile
11 a.m. - Weight Throw - Women's
11 a.m. - Triple Jump - Men's
11:25 a.m. - Open 400m
11:50 a.m. - Open 800m
12:15 p.m. - Open 3000m
12:30 p.m. - High Jump - Men's
12: 30 p.m. - Pole Vault - Women's
12:50 p.m. - 1000m (heptathlon)
1 p.m. - Triple Jump - Women's
1 p.m. - Shot Put - Men's
1:10 p.m. - Invitational Mile
1:30 p.m. - 60m hurdles (final)
1:45 p.m. - Invitational 400m
2 p.m. - 60m dash (final)
2:15 p.m. - Invitational 800m
2:30 p.m. - 200m (final)