May 11, 2014
LOS ANGELES - Eight Utah Valley University distance runners competed at Occidental College's Oxy Invitational Saturday evening and sophomore Trac Norris led the way by winning the 3000-meter steeplechase. The competition marked the Wolverines' regular season finale, as the teams will now turn their attention to next week's WAC Championships.
Norris, who had a big meet at BYU last week by setting a new school record in the 1-mile run, continued his strong season by winning the steeplechase in 8:59.94. The UVU sophomore's time in the event was not only good enough to win the race but also ranks him 37th in the country. Norris' sub 9-minute time will also most likely be fast enough to get him into the NCAA's in the event.
Senior Chris Dorton too ran well in the men's 3000m steeplechase at the Oxy Invite as he finished in fourth place in the event with a time of 9:06.70. Dorton's time is good enough to rank him third all-time on the program's depth chart in the race.
On the women's side, senior Brooke Hodson-Davies led the way by taking second in the women's 3000m steeplechase with a time of 10:52.84. Junior Ivie Gonsalves and sophomore Aisha Graham too had solid outings as they both set personal records in their respective events on Saturday night. Gonsalves posted her new personal best in the 5000m run, as she took eighth in the race with a time of 16:58.83 while Graham came in 14th in the 800m run with her PR of 2:11.99.
Sophomores Jason Lynch
and Josh Monsen
also finished in 29th and 43rd in their respective races for the men's squad. The two nearly posted lifetime bests in the races as well as Lynch finished with a time 14:46.14 in the 5000 while Monsen, who was returning to action at the meet following an injury, put up 1:54.28 in the 800.
Sophomore Celeste Gutzman also competed for UVU at the meet but near the end of the women's 5000m run had to withdraw from competition due to an asthma attack.
Former Wolverine great and current volunteer assistant coach Tim Rowberry also competed unattached at the meet and Rowberry took eighth in the men's 800 with a time of 1:48.63.
In all, UVU posted four personal records at the meet.
The Wolverines will now turn their attention to the 2014 WAC Outdoor Championships, which they will host next week in Orem. The conference championship meet will run Wednesday through Saturday on campus at the Hal Wing Track & Field.