Campus briefs

Published: Sunday, March 4 2012 12:00 a.m. MST


TRACK & FIELD: At South Bend, Ind., one day after breaking the school record, the four members of the Utah distance medley relay fell short of qualifying for the NCAA Championships in individual events potentially marking the end to the indoor season.

"We had a terrific weekend and I am proud of the way our kids competed," Utah head coach Kyle Kepler said. "As far as results today, we didn't achieve what we wanted to, but it wasn't from a lack of effort. Our kids competed hard and gave a great effort. It is hard to come back the next day after putting everything into last night's distance medley relay. I give our team a lot of credit and am proud with the effort they showed last night and today."

Opening up the day for the Utes, was junior Lauryn McKay in the 400m. McKay set the tone early posting the second-best performance of her career with 56.55 seconds capturing 11th place. McKay's time earns her the fifth-best performance in school history.

Running in the second event for Utes was senior Lucy Yates. In the 800m, Yates clocked a time of 2:16.16 finishing 25th overall.

Junior Amanda Mergaert led the team in the mile finishing 12th place. Mergaert recorded her second best time of the year at 4:44.27. Also competing in the mile was senior Alyssa Abbott. In the final race of her collegiate career, Abbott set a career-best time of 4:49.69 securing 21st place. Abbott's performance is the second-best time in school history.

Although Mergaert did not clock an automatic qualifying time on Saturday, she currently ranks 20th in the country for her performance at the MPSF Championships. With the potential of athletes withdrawing from the event, Mergaert may still qualify in the mile for the NCAA Championships. An official announcement by the league will be made on Monday listing the qualifiers.

"Again I am extremely proud with the way we competed this weekend, especially last night in the distance medley relay," Kepler said. "All the coaches have complimented us on how well our relay ran. This is the fastest qualifying year ever in that event. Our time would have qualified in every year prior to this season. Unfortunately, we didn't make it, but I am very happy and couldn't be prouder of the effort our kids gave."

TENNIS: At Salt Lake City, the 59th-ranked Utes suffered a tough 4-3 loss at the hands of No.35 Boise State Saturday at the Eccles Tennis Center. After dropping the doubles point, sophomore Alejandro Medinilla and freshmen Slim Hamza and Rafael Davidian posted individual wins from the Nos. 6, 3, and 5 positions, respectively.

"The guys put out a great effort today," said head coach F.D. Robbins. "We played good enough in singles to win. But if we want to win these types of matches, we need to play better in doubles."

In doubles play, Medinilla and freshman Ace Matias dropped an 8-4 decision to Damian Hume and Scott Sears at the No. 2 position. Boise State then secured the doubles point when senior Benito Suriano and junior Dmytro Mamedov were then defeated, 8-6, by James Meredith and Nathan Sereke at the top spot.

Hamza and sophomore Devin Lane then suffered a hard-fought 9-8(2) loss to Andrew Bettles and Filipp Pogostkin.

With the Broncos up by one going into singles, Medinilla tied the score at one apiece when he downed Garrett Patton, 6-2, 6-4 at the No. 6 slot. Davidian then put the Utes up 2-1 with a 6-4, 6-4 victory over Sears at the No. 5 position.

Suriano then dropped a 6-3, 6-3 decision to 60th-ranked Meredith at the top spot, tying the score at 2-2.

Lane then gave a solid effort at the No. 4 position, but was unable to earn the win and ultimately fell to Sereke, 6-3, 7-6(4), making the score 3-2, in favor of Boise State.

Mamedov was then defeated by 59th-ranked Hume, 6-3, 6-2, at the No. 2 spot, deciding the match in favor of Boise State at 4-2.

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