WOMEN'S GOLF: At Sedona, Ariz., Kacy Buckner shot 78 6-over par for a share of 15th place and Southern Utah finished at 325 Saturday to sit 11th in the 20-team field heading into Sunday's final round at Northern Arizona's Red Rocks Invitational.
SUU was 20 shots off the lead of Eastern Michigan, but just three shots out of sixth place as six teams finished between 322 and 325, with a sixth another shot back at 326. Wyoming and Utah Valley both shot 322, with Western Michigan at 323 and Montana State and Northern Colorado both at 324, one shot up on SUU. Oakland University was another shot back at 326.
Monica Jung and Kaohi Loo were tied for second among T-Birds, in 46th at 82, with Jamie (Coking) Millard another shot back in 54th and Rose Pelletier 73rd at 86. SUU's Shantelle Spackman, competing as an independent, was 84th after firing a round of 87.
Seattle's Caitlin Murray was the individual leader after the first round after shooting par 72 at Oak Creek Country Club.
The tournament concludes with one round Sunday morning.
TRACK & FIELD: At Las Vegas, the Thunderbirds opened the outdoor season in Las Vegas, Nev., as a portion of the team competed in the UNLV Invitational.
Kayla Kovar and Chris Johnson led the Thunderbirds with first-place finishes in the men's and women's shot put. Kovar recorded a toss of 49-8.25 while Johnson threw to a mark of 53-1.75. Rylee Mulitalo placed next in the shot put, finishing third with a 43-5.25 toss.
Freshman Hunter Naisbitt led the pack in the discus throw, finishing first with a mark of 143-10 while Phillipe Renaud finished second in the hammer throw with 158-08. Kovar led the women in the discus with a second-place toss of 154-03 while Janelle Beukers placed third in the hammer throw with 155-0.
Competition in the javelin also began for the T-Birds at UNLV, and Cody Olsen improved his third-place SUU record with a second-place throw of 215-05. Whitney Fairbanks and Sarah Swalberg led on the women's side, finishing third and fourth with respective marks of 122-04 and 121-10.
Many of the distance team members took a break from competition this weekend to recover from the indoor conference championship that took place last weekend. Dallas Eborn led the men's team in Las Vegas with a third-place finish in the 800-meter run, recording a personal best of 1:54.63. He was followed closely by Devan Antczak in fourth-place with 1:55.58, also a personal record.
Erik Peterson led the T-Birds in the 400-meter dash with a third-place time of 50.58 while many of the sprinters also rested this weekend.
Jamie Smith and Sylvia Bedford returned from a redshirt season to lead the women in the 1,500-meter run. Smith finished second with a personal-best time of 4:40.24 while Bedford followed in third with 4:40.73, also a personal best.
SUU pole vaulter Zane Hunzeker finished second at UNLV, clearing a height of 14-11 while Chelsea Morley-Atkinson led the women with a first-place height of 10-6. Lesli Kinkade followed in second with a mark of 10-6. Kyle Kopp led the team in the long jump, finishing second with a mark of 22-7.
The team will take a two-week break from outdoor competition before traveling to San Diego, Calif., for the Aztec Invitational on Mar. 16-17.
Cameron Levins will wrap up the indoor season next weekend as he represents SUU at the NCAA National Championship on Mar. 9-10 in Boise, Idaho. Levins will compete in the mile, 3,000 meters and 5,000 meters.
SOFTBALL: At Fort Collins, Colo., for the second straight day, the Wildcats earned a split at the Colorado State Classic.
The Wildcats knocked off St. Mary's, Calif., 8-0 in a five-inning, run-rule win, before falling 8-0 to Northern Iowa in six innings in the second contest of the day.
In the day's opening win over the Gaels, which avenged an 11-2 loss during Friday's action, the Wildcats scored in all five innings as senior Sarah Clark improved to 5-4 on the season, earning a complete-game shutout with four strikeouts as she faced just three batters over the minimum.
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