UVU Men, Women in Pursuit of 4-Peat at GWC Championships



May 8, 2012

HUMBLE, Texas -- The Utah Valley University men's and women's track teams will be gunning for four-peats Thursday when the Great West Conference Championships get underway at Turner Stadium.

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The Wolverine men trailed South Dakota by one point last year heading into the final event -- the 4 x 400 meters -- and a win over the Coyotes in the event would give the Wolverines the title, and the quartet responded in record-setting fashion.

When Skylar Burningham took the baton for the final 400 meters, he trailed South Dakota's Parker Erickson by four meters, but with roughly 200 meters remaining, Burningham made his move and never looked back in winning the event a school-record time of 3 minutes, 12.91 seconds.

The Wolverines finished with 207 points, while South Dakota was second with 206. Houston Baptist was a distant third with 100 points.

The UVU women ran away with the title with 305 points, while South Dakota was second with 221 points, and North Dakota was third with 80 points.

The meet begins at 1 p.m. (MT) with the first event in the men's decathlon, while the women get underway at 1:30 p.m. (MT) with the first event of the heptathlon.

Competition continues Friday at 11 a.m. (MT) and 9 a.m. (MT) on Saturday.

Early in the year, the GWC coaches unanimously selected Utah Valley to retain the men's and women's conference titles. UVU received all eight of the first-place votes on both the men's and women's ballots, giving each 64 points to lead the polls.