CROSS COUNTRY: Southern Utah's own Cameron Levins led the pack at the UC Riverside invitational, leading the team to victory with a first-place finish. The men's team took home the title with a score of 51, followed by UC Riverside (93) in second place. The women placed third with a score of 87, following close behind Loyola Marymount (65) and UC Santa Barbara (69) in first and second place, respectively.
"It really looks to be a good year for us," head coach Eric Houle said. "With the outrageous times we recorded today, it's obvious that both these teams are among the fastest we've ever had at SUU."
Cameron Levins led the team with a time of 22:58.7, finishing almost 57 seconds before the second-place runner. Levin's time also improves the previous Southern Utah top UCR course record of 23:48.6, set by himself in 2009, by about 50 seconds.
Clinton Rhoton finished next for the T-Birds, crossing the finish line in 10th place with a time of 24:19.5. He was followed immediately by Nate Jewkes (24:20.4) in 11th place and Austin West (24.20.5) in 12th. Rhoton, Jewkes and West have also earned places in SUU's course records, ranking third, fourth and fifth respectively. Elijah Rono rounded out the scoring members of the men's team with a 25th-place finish and time of 24:47.0, ranking eighth in the course records.
"Going in as fast as we did on both the men's and women's sides, I think we're going to be very effective at the conference, regional and even national levels," Coach Houle continued.
The women were led in the 6k by Diana Medina in third place with a time of 20:20.2. Jamie Smith followed close behind her in eighth place at 20:58.0. Madalyn Jones came next, finishing 26th with a time of 21:28.5. She was immediately followed by Armarose Bailey (21:29.2) and Ashley Gray (21:29.2) in 27th and 28th place respectively. This meet marks the first 6k the women's team has competed in at UC Riverside, which places all of the recorded times in the Southern Utah course record books.
The T-Birds will now take a two-week break from competition before traveling to Springfield Oregon for the Bill Dellinger Invitational on Oct. 1.
WOMEN'S TENNIS: Megan Price claimed the BYU Invitational singles title for the BYU women's tennis team after a grueling three-set duel against teammate Morgan Anderson Saturday at the BYU Outdoor Tennis Courts.
"They both played really well," said BYU coach Lauren Jones-Spencer. "It's hard to play your teammates, especially in the final. I think they both handled it really well and I'm really looking forward to this season."
Price, a senior, took the first set from the freshman Anderson 6-4 in the veteran-rookie showdown. Not deterred, Anderson battled her way to win a tiebreaker in the second, pushing Price to a third set. Price's experience shined as she regained confidence and sailed to a third-set victory, 6-3, earning her the singles title of Bracket A.
"I think it was a great match," Price said. "We both started a little nervous. She played amazing in the second set and it was really close but experience came through in the end. She's going to be fantastic for the team. She has a lot of energy and works super hard."
This is the fifth straight year BYU has won the BYU Invitational singles title.
In Bracket B, junior Aubrey Paul defeated Brittiny Moore of Weber State, 6-2, 6-2, propelling her into the Bracket B singles final. Paul made quick of her next opponent, Utah State's Monica Abella, dropping only four games between the two sets. The win earned Paul the Bracket B singles title.
The Cougars made a clean sweep of the Bracket A titles over the weekend, with the doubles title going to Paul and sophomore Desiree Tran Friday.
McKenzie Davis and Brianna Harris of Utah State defeated Weber State's Thais Kurer and Ashley Tanner 8-4 to claim the Bracket B doubles title.
BYU now turns its focus to the Cal Invitational, which opens Friday in Berkley, Calif.
CROSS COUNTRY: Weber State's men's and women's teams each captured first place honors at the 30th annual Montana State University Cross Country Invitational, Saturday morning in Bozeman, Mont at the Bridger Creek Golf Course.
In the men's 5-mile race, the Wildcats scored 33 points, finishing ahead of Utah state (41) and host Montana State (70). Utah Valley was fourth (96), followed by Montana with 121. Individually, John Coyle (Jr., Coeur d'Alene, Idaho) finished second in a time of 24:28.00. Brett Hales (Sr., Ogden, Utah) was third (24:30.00), followed
by Jason Nance (So., Centerville, Utah) who was fifth in 24:54.00 and Mike Hardy (So., Morgan, Utah who was sixth in 25:02.00.
"This was one of the best races for our men's team in a while,"?said WSU head coach Paul Pilkington. "John continues to improve each week and it was great to get Brett Hales back running. This was his first meet of the season. Jason and Mike really came through, they were really the key. Utah State beat us pretty good at their meet two weeks ago and they were ranked 6th in the region last week. Montana State was picked to finish second in the Big Sky preseason poll, one spot ahead of us, so this was good race for us to get and gain some momentum. I was really proud with the way they stepped up today."?
In the women's 3-mile race, the 'Cats literally ran away from the rest of the field, scoring 28 points. Utah State was a distance second with 77 points, followed by Montana (78) and Utah Valley with 83. Montana State was fifth with 93.
Individually, Amber Henry (So., Mountain View, Wyoming) won the race in a time of 16:48.00. That is the fifth fastest winning time in the 30 history on the women's side of this meet. Sarah Callister was second in 16:59.00, following in third place by Lake Hintze (So., Terreton, Idaho) in a time of 17:21.00. Jenna Deelstra (Jr., Ogden, Utah) was 10th in 17:43.00 followed by Kayla Blackford (So., Camas, Washington) in 11th at 17:45.00.
"Amber did not run at the Utah State meet two weeks go,"? said Pilkington. "She was resting an injury. But in the last two weeks she's gained strength and ran a great race today. We had five runners in the top 11 and really ran well together as a group. I am excited with their improvement from two weeks ago and really like the depth this team is developing."
Taylor Thornley (Jr., Logan, Utah) who won the Utah State meet two weeks ago participated while the men ran without Chris Burnett (Sr., Farmington, Utah) who finished in the top 10 at the USU meet.
Weber State's next cross country action comes Friday, Sept. 30 at the Notre Dame Invitational.
MEN'S SOCCER: After facing a barrage of Grand Canyon shots Saturday, the bottom line is only one shots hit the back of the net. Tyler Albretsen scored thanks to an assist from Jordan Roylance helping Dixie State to a conference opening victory, 1-0.
Dixie State improved to 2-2-1 on the year knocking off the defending league champions. GCU falls to 3-2 (0-1 PWC).
The Lopes won the battle of individual statistical categories — 22-9 on total shots, 10-1 on corner kicks and 9-2 with shots on goal, but could not net a goal.
Albretsen cashed in a rebound to the left side of the 6-yard box from Roylance's shot and went top shelf past GCU keeper Adam Garcia.
Tyler Walters stopped nine shots en route to the shutout win.
The Red Storm return to PWC play on Friday at 7 p.m. in the regular season home opener against the Academy of Art.