Track opens outdoor seasons at UNLV this weekend

Senior Chris Dorton

March 6, 2014

Schedule of Events

OREM, Utah - Just one week after competing at the 2014 WAC Indoor Championships, the Utah Valley University men's and women's track & field teams will head to Las Vegas, Nev., to open their outdoor seasons. The UNLV Track Classic will be held on Friday and Saturday at the Myron Partridge Stadium & Sheila Tarr-Smith Field.

The opening outdoor meet of the season will begin on Friday afternoon at 3:00 p.m. PT. The women's javelin, women's pole vault and women's 3000-meter run will kick off the meet at 3:00 p.m. On Saturday, the Classic will then begin at 10:00 a.m. with the women's hammer throw. The 4x100m relay will then mark the first running event of day number two at noon and the Classic is set to conclude at 2:30 p.m. with the 4x400m relay.

Just last week in Moscow, Idaho, the UVU men took third at their first-ever WAC Indoor Championship while the women placed fourth. The men came in third with 113 points, while host Idaho won the men's side with 173 points and Grand Canyon took second with 172. On the women's side, GCU won the field with 166.50 points, while Kansas City placed second with 144.50, Idaho third (127) and UVU fourth (80).

Individually, junior Nicholas Taylor led the men's squad by winning the 60m dash (6.84) and taking second in the 200 (21.57). Freshman Ryle Williams also had a big meet by winning the high jump as well as setting a new school record in the process by clearing 6'-11" (2.11m). The relay squad of senior Chris Dorton, junior Trevor Sharp, sophomore Gary Hatch and freshman Kyler Sprague also took home the distance medley relay title with a time of 10:20.29. Senior distance runner Macy Butterfield also placed third in the 5000m run (15:15.52), while fellow senior Michael Ashton took third in the pole vault (4.70m/15'-05").



On the women's side, senior Ali Shields (3,224 points), sophomores Ashli Schulz (3,094) and Gately Garnett (3,094) as well as freshman Mindy Stapel (3,020) took second through fifth, respectively, in the pentathlon. Junior distance runner Ivie Gonsalves also had a strong showing as she finished second in the 3000m run (10:02.35) while sophomore Samantha Sweet placed third in the 400m dash (56.58). The tandem of sophomores Shaelee Sweatfield, Celeste Gutzman, Schulz and freshman Caity Beddes also placed third in the distance medley relay with a time of 12:28.31.

After the Classic, the Wolverines will travel to Southern California the following weekend to take part at Cal State Fullerton's Ben Brown Invitational and Occidental College's Oxy Distance Carnival. UVU will then host its lone home meet of the regular season on March 28.