Track tunes up for WAC Championships at Weber State this week

Freshman Alexis Shaw

Feb. 18, 2014

OREM, Utah - Just days removed from an outstanding performance at Boise State over the weekend, the Utah Valley University track & field teams will head to Weber State for their final regular season meets of the indoor campaign this week. The Wildcat Open will take place Wednesday and Saturday in Ogden.

The few throwing events will open the meet on Wednesday at the Golden Spike Arena (Weber County Fair Grounds Exhibit Hall). The men's weight throw and women's shot put will take place at 2 p.m. while the men's shot put and women's weight throw will follow at 3:15 p.m. On Saturday the meet will then move to the Swenson Multi-Purpose Building at WSU and action will begin at 9 a.m. with the men's pole vault. The running events will then start at 2 p.m. with the women's 55-meter hurdles and will close at 4 p.m. with running of the men's 5000-meters.

Utah Valley is coming off of a solid meet at the Boise State Team Challenge over the weekend where the Wolverines' managed to break four school records on Saturday. Junior Ivie Gonsalves and senior Brooke Hodson-Davies led the women by setting new school marks in the 3000-meter run while sophomore Cole Eisenhour and freshman Ryle Williams led the men as Eisenhour eclipsed his previous record in the 60m hurdles and Williams set a new school mark in the high jump.

Three of the four UVU track & field athletes won their respective events, as Gonsalves took the 3000 in a time of 9:49.82, Eisenhour won the 60m hurdles with 8.13 and Williams finished first in the high jump by clearing 2.10m. Eisenhour and Williams' marks are both also good enough to lead the WAC in their respective events while Gonzalves and Hodson-Davies' times in the 3000 ranks them third and fifth in the conference.



Junior Michael McPherson also had a solid meet at Boise State last weekend as he won the 200m dash (21.89) as well as placed second in the long jump (6.67m). Sophomore distance runner Josh Monsen too continued his winning ways by taking home the 800m title in a time of 1:53.82. The men's team also got solid showings from sophomores Trevor Sharp and Jason Lynch as they finished second and third, respectively, in the 1-mile with times of 4:21.73 and 4:22.41 as well as freshman Brandon Smart, who took second in the 200 (22.01) and third in the 60 (7.08). Lynch also finished third at the meet in the 3000m (8:44.51).

Senior Autumn Robertson had a strong showing for the women's team by taking second in the high jump (1.60m) while the relay team of Corrie Lamoreaux, Samantha Reeves, Wendy Peterson and Sam Sweet finished in third place in the 4x400m relay (3:53.11).

McPherson leads the team nationally as he enters the week ranked 17th in the country in the heptathlon (5,432 points) and 48th in the long jump (7.40m).

Following the meet, the Wolverines will head to Moscow, Idaho, for their first-ever WAC Indoor Championships that will run next Wednesday through Friday (Feb. 26-28) at Idaho's Kibbie Dome.

Wildcat Open Schedule of Events
Wednesday, Feb. 19 - Golden Spike Arena - Weber County Fair Grounds Exhibit Hall 1000 N. 1200 W. Ogden, UT

2:00 pm - Men's Weight Throw / Women's Shot Put
3:15 pm - Men's Shot Put / Women's Weight Throw

Saturday, February 22 - Swenson Multi-Purpose Building
9:00 am - Men's Pole Vault, followed by Women
9:45 am - Women's Long Jump, followed by Men
9:45 am - Women's and Men's Triple Jump follow the Long Jump (open pit)
10:30 am - Women's High Jump, followed by Men
2:00 pm - Women's 55 Hurdle trials, followed by Men
2:15 pm - Women's 55 Meters trials, followed by Men
2:30 pm - Women's Mile Run, followed by Men
2:45 pm - Women's 55 Hurdle Finals, followed by Men
3:00 pm - Women's 55 Meters Finals, followed by Men
3:15 pm - Women's 400 Meters (Sectionals), followed by Men
3:30 pm - Women's 800 Meters, followed by Men
3:45 pm - Women's 200 Meters (Sectionals), followed by Men
4:00 pm - Men's 5,000 Meters