Campus briefs: Recent Utah college results in baseball, softball, track and golf

Published: Saturday, April 28 2012 11:51 p.m. MDT

SALT LAKE CITY — Behind a solid performance on the mound and timely hitting at the plate, the Utah baseball team shut out Washington, 6-0, on Saturday afternoon.

The Utes used three pitchers, with Joe Pond getting the win after going 51/3 innings, striking out two and giving up seven hits. He picked up his third win of the year. Kesley Kondo threw three shutout innings with four strikeouts, while Tyler Wagner entered the game with the bases loaded and one out in the ninth and got a strikeout and ground out to end the game.

Ethan Leiter led Utah at the plate with a 2-for-3 performance. Parker Morin had two RBI on the day. Six different players had hits.

Although the Utes were outhit, 10-7, Washington stranded 10 runners on base during the game compared to three for Utah.

"Joe really battled through and gave us five really good innings," Utah head coach Bill Kinneberg said. "Kesley was really good in some big spots for us. The key for us today was that we executed at the plate with runners on base, despite being outhit."

Utah started the scoring early, as James Brooks led off the bottom of the first inning with a double and moved to third on a sacrifice bunt from Tyler Relf before scoring on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Morin.

The Utes added to their lead in the bottom of the third. Tyson Gonzalez reached base on an error and Cory Hunt successfully executed the hit-and-run with a double to the left field corner to send Gonzalez across the plate.

Utah added solo runs in the fifth and sixth innings. Leiter scored in the fifth after a leadoff triple, and Shaun Cooper hit his eighth home run of the year in the sixth inning.

The Utes plated two insurance runs in the eighth inning. Relf and Morin hit back-to-back leadoff triples, and Morin scored on a sacrifice fly two batters later.

Washington left two runners on base in the first, second and sixth innings, while leaving the bases loaded in the ninth inning.

Utah will go for the series win against Washington on Sunday, April 29, at noon, at Spring Mobile Ballpark.

BYU BASEBALL: At San Francisco, a pitchers' duel turned in favor of host San Francisco Saturday afternoon as the Dons defeated BYU 2-0.

Those runs came in the sixth inning for USF (21-26, 8-7) as it won the series against BYU (18-17, 7-5).

Pitchers Desmond Poulson and Alex Balog had a standoff, until Balog's teammates milked a pair of singles for a 2-0 lead in the sixth.

The Cougars, still battling for second place in the West Coast Conference, were unable to cash in on at least three offensive opportunities.

BYU loaded the bases in the fourth inning in an unusual fashion. Freshman shortstop Tanner Chauncey got the first Cougar hit of the game, a single to second base. Chauncey advanced to third when Wes Guenther stopped midway to first base on a sacrifice bunt, but was not tagged out.

After an umpire conference, it was ruled that Guenther had been called out, but Chauncey was allowed to stay at third because of an errant toss to first. Then Jaycob Brugman drew a walk and attempted to steal second, but Kelton Caldwell was called out because of batter interference. Brugman later stole second before Alex Wolfe drew a walk.

"Some crazy things happened and that changed the complexion of the game," BYU coach Vance Law said. "We could have had first and third with no one out, then we got called out with interference at home plate. That inning really hurt us and took away a lot of momentum. It seemed like every call went against us today, we're not catching any breaks, but we need to generate our own."

BYU had the game-tying run on base in the seventh when Caldwell and Wolfe led off with consecutive singles. In the eighth, the Cougars had the game-tying run at the plate after a Dons' double play earlier in the frame.

UVU BASEBALL: At Orem, Utah Valley University pushed its win streak to 23 games in completing a four-game sweep of NJIT with an 11-7 victory. The Wolverines (30-11, 16-0 GWC) clinched their third straight 30-win season.

Jake Rickenbach extended his hit streak to 24 games to match Chris Benson's school record and Billy Burgess went 4-for-6 with three doubles on a 16-hit day for UVU.

"It kind of seemed like we went through the motions a little today and that was disappointing," said UVU head coach Eric Madsen. "We did get off to a good start though and one thing we did well this weekend was when they scored, we answered."

The Highlanders (17-19, 9-7) scored five runs over their final two at-bats to close the gap but Justin Campbell came in with the bases loaded in the ninth and finished off the game to record his first save. Campbell, who has missed most of the season due to injury, made two appearances during the series and retired all six batters he faced.

In the second, Kai Hatch led off with a double and came in to score on a base hit by Alex Exon. Exon later scored in the inning when Rickenbach doubled with two outs.

Goose Kallunki, who began the day first in the country in runs batted, upped his total to 60 with a single in the third to drive home Burgess, who doubled to lead off the frame.

NJIT committed five errors on the day, four of which came in a decisive fourth inning that netted the Wolverines five runs. UVU walked three times in the inning and had three others reach on an error. Austin Heaps, Hatch and Exon each had RBIs in the fourth.

Burgess doubled for the second time in the fifth and scored on a base hit by Heaps. His third double came in the eighth and brought home Sean Moysh, who also had an RBI when he reached on a fielder's choice that plated Willie Pratt.

Heaps and Exon both finished with two RBIs with six of the nine Wolverine starters having multi-hit days. For NJIT, Mike Rampone had two hits including a home run.

Up next, Utah Valley will host BYU on Tuesday night with first pitch set for 6 p.m. before getting back into GWC play with a four-game set at Houston Baptist starting Friday, May 4.

DIXIE STATE BASEBALL: At St. George, Bryce Anderson tossed a two-hit complete game in a 10-0 shutout of Grand Canyon, striking out three, and carrying a no-hit big into the seventh inning. The 119-pitch outing dropped his ERA nearly a full point to 3.35 (from 4.17 before the game).

The Red Storm (29-17, 25-15) locked up second place in the PacWest with the win.

Anderson got all the offensive support he needed from DSC bats in the second inning. The Red Storm scored seven runs on four hits. Yuto Kata singled up the middle to begin the rally. Jordan Hanley notched an RBI being hit by a pitch with the bases loaded. Garrett Nash lined a two-run double, Cedric Johnson dealt a bases loaded walk and two more runs scored on a sharp single by Mitch Manning.

Anderson cruised thorough themiddle of the game. He retired 15 batters in a row from the end of the second inning until P.J. Garcia singled in the seventh.

Nash went 3 for 6 on the afternoon, adding an RBI in the Storm's two-run fifth frame. Manning also had three hits while Johnson brought home two.

Dixie State pounded out a series-high 13 hits against a quintet of GCU pitchers. Starting pitcher Coltin White took the loss allowing seven runs over 11/3 innings.

The Red Storm opens its finalregular-season series Friday at 7 p.m. against Cal State Los Angeles in non-conference action.

SLCC BASEBALL: At Price, the 5th-ranked Bruins (38-6, 29-4) completed a four-game sweep over Eastern Utah, winning 11-2 and 11-1.

Rhett Parkinson got the Game 1 win, going three innings with five strikeouts. Tyson Popoff was 2 for 3 with a double and a home run. Kennedy Kinkade went 2 for 3 with a double and Bryan Heward was 3 for 3.

Four pitchers combined for the Game 2 win with Mike Springer getting the win. Dominique Taylor was 3 for 5 with a double and Nathan Fishel drove home a run with a triple.

The Bruins return home on May 4 to host Western Nevada in a four-game series that will determine the SWAC Champion.

UTAH SOFTBALL: At Salt Lake City, senior first baseman Tia Palauni went 2-for-3 with three runs driven in to help the Utes earn their first-ever Pac-12 Conference victory by an 8-6 count over No. 23 Oregon State.

Utah (26-22, 1-16 Pac-12) hitters went for four extra-base hits on the day against Oregon State, while the Utes held the Beavers to just a pair of doubles.

Palauni registered a single in the second and a three-run homer in the fourth. Palauni has six round-trippers this season and 23 over her career. Palauni stands third on the team with 14 extra-base hits this year and has 46 during her career. With three runs driven in today, Palauni pushed her season total to 21 and she now has 83 career RBIs.

Freshman outfielder Kate Dickman was 2-for-3 as well with a pair of RBIs. In her first at-bat of the day, Dickman tagged her first career home run in the first inning, a two-run shot over the center-field fence. The Mission Viejo, Calif., native has driven in 19 runs this season.

Senior third baseman Whitney Holm posted a team-high three hits in four plate appearances to go with a run driven in. Holm cracked an RBI double to center in the first, led off the third with a base hit, before hitting her first triple of the season (and first since 2010) down the right-field line in the fourth. With a double and triple on the day, Holm has a team-high 19 extra-base hits in 2012 and 73 for her career.

In the circle, freshman Mariah Ramirez (3-4) pitched five innings of quality relief for the Utes to pick up the win. She allowed two earned runs on seven hits, while striking out one and walking one. Senior Generra Nielson got the start for the Utes.

The 'rubber game' of the Utes' series with the Beavers starts Sunday at noon.

BYU SOFTBALL: At Provo, the seniors stepped it up on Senior Day to bring in nine of the thirteen runs scored en route to a sweep of San Jose State, 3-2 and 10-2.

Seniors honored included Jessica Dugas, Krista Hicks, Tiffany Messerschmidt, Stacie Toney and Delaney Willard.

"It was very important that we held our home field and played a team that I'm really impressed with," said BYU coach Gordon Eakin. "Our seniors have all been to every regional while they've been here. With the way we played this weekend in being 35-13, I think we're headed to their fourth regional."

BYU (35-13, 12-4 WAC) combined for 18 hits with tough defense, holding the Spartans to four runs and seven hits while turning three double plays on the day. With the sweep, the Cougars are in the hunt for their fourth-straight conference championship and first in the Western Athletic Conference with one weekend of WAC play left in the regular season.

Top contributors for the first game included Toney, who gained two RBIs, Messerschmidt, who had two runs and Tori Almond, who threw eight strikeouts.

San Jose State got a quick two runs in the first inning thanks to an early home run to start off the game. The Cougars retaliated with Dugas, Messerschmidt and JC Clayton earning base hits.

With the bases loaded, Toney doubled to send home Dugas and Messerschmidt and BYU went into the second inning tied, 2-2.

Toney gained a double to left field in the bottom of the fourth, but the Cougars were unable to take advantage of the hit and the teams continued on to the fifth inning still tied.

In the top of the fifth, the Cougar defense stayed strong, including its second double play of the game. Messerschmidt got off a hit and took advantage of a San Jose State error in the bottom of the fifth to make second base. Willard then hit a double, gaining an RBI and the lead for the Cougars at 3-2 where BYU held on for the win.

In Game 2, with two on and one out in the first inning, Willard hit a first-pitch line drive over the center-field fence to bring in three runs for the Cougars.

Almond (14-3) took the mound for her second start of the day and gave up only two hits with three strikeouts.

SJSU chipped away at the score in the top of the first with a solo home run by Breanna Lopez.

BYU kept the scoring going in the bottom of the second with three more runs to bring the score to 6-1. Clayton, Hicks and Willard each had singles in the inning.

BYU added another run in the bottom of the fifth when Clayton hit a bullet back up the middle to bring in Bailie Hicken before the Cougars ended the game in the sixth inning by loading the bases.

BYU added one run on a pinch-hit single by Megan Arnold before Alexandra Hudson hit a deep fly ball to left field to bring in Ashlee Brawley on the sacrifice fly for the final run of the game.

Clayton went a perfect 3 for 3 with one RBI and two runs scored while Willard went 2 for 4 with a home run and four RBIs in the game.

The Cougars will play next at home on Tuesday in a nonconference contest against UVU at 6 p.m. MT live on BYUtv.

UTAH STATE SOFTBALL: At Las Cruces, N.M., the Aggies (17-33, 4-14 WAC) split a doubleheader against New Mexico State (22-27, 3-14), winning 5-0 and losing 7-1.

Junior starting pitcher Shelbi Tyteca propelled USU to its first win over NMSU since April 21, 2009, allowing only four hits.

WEBER STATE SOFTBALL: At Portland, Ore., senior right-hander Sarah Clark held Portland State to just five hits in two complete games, but the Wildcats couldn't get the timely hits they needed to overtake the Vikings, falling by identical 2-0 scores in a doubleheader.

Clark struck out eight, allowing four runs — three earned — in 12 innings on the mound.

Offensively, the Wildcats managed seven hits, including two by senior Erika James-Dixon, against Vikings' ace Anna Bertrand, and left 12 runners on base during the two games.

With the two wins, Portland State clinched the Pacific Coast Softball Conference's Mountain Division and earned a berth in the PCSC championship series that will take place on May 11-12 at the site of the Coastal Division champion.

The Wildcats' best chance in the first game came during the fifth inning when the Wildcats loaded the bases with two outs, but Bertrand struck out freshman catcher Janel Cunningham on a full-count.

Aggressive base-running by Dixon early in the second game put her on third with just one out, but the Vikings got a strikeout and a pop up to end the inning.

The Wildcats had the tying run at the plate in both the sixth and seven innings, but couldn't get the final hits needed to complete a comeback.

Weber State (21-30, 10-8 PCSC) and Portland State (23-32, 13-5) will meet twice more today at 11 a.m. to wrap up the series.

UVU SOFTBALL: At Pocatello, a two-out RBI hit from Kylee Brinkerhoff in the seventh inning of the second game of a doubleheader gave Utah Valley University a late 5-4 advantage over Pacific Coast Softball Conference foe Idaho State University, but it wasn't enough as ISU's Amanda Fitzsimmons hit a two-out walk-off home run in the bottom of the frame to give the Bengals (12-34, 6-12 PCSC) the twinbill sweep, 6-1 and 6-5.

"Idaho State did what they needed to do and we didn't," UVU head coach Todd Fairbourne said. "The girls fought and gave themselves a chance to win that second game but we just couldn't make it happen. One mistake was the ultimate difference and Fitzsimmons made us pay for it."

"We're making too many significant mistakes along the way. We couldn't get bunts down and some of our kids our having a hard time making decent throws. It hurt to lose this way but overall I actually felt good about how things went."

UVU (27-22-1, 8-10 PCSC) fell behind 2-0 early on in the second game of the afternoon after the Bengals scored a run in the first and another in the second.

The Wolverines then responded in third as they loaded the bases with no outs and Amanda Robinson drove home the first run via an RBI groundout and Krystin Jachim delivered the big hit with a three-run homer to left center to give UVU a 4-2 lead. The round tripper was Jachim's ninth of the season.

The Bengals made it a 4-3 ballgame in the bottom of the third and then tied the game at 4-all in the fourth after a leadoff solo homer from Shaundee Garrett.

The score remained the same until the seventh inning. Maddy Schulz led off the seventh for the Wolverines with a double and Brinkerhoff plated her with her clutch two-out RBI single to left to give UVU the late 5-4 lead.

The Wolverines couldn't hold the lead in the last of the inning however as Fitzsimmons managed delivered the two-out homer to seal the win for the Bengals.

Cassie Herrera started in the circle and allowed two earned runs (four total) in four innings while Megan Peay (5-2) pitched the final 22/3 innings and was tagged with the loss after she gave up the homer to Fitzsimmons. Fitzsimmons (11-11) also picked up her second win in the circle for ISU on the day as she pitched the final 4.1 innings and gave up just two hits and one earned run.

Brinkerhoff and Schulz each finished with two hits in the game to lead UVU, while the Bengals were led by Fitzsimmons' 2-for-4 performance.

In the opener, UVU's Tiffany Mills and ISU's Fitzsimmons both pitched very well in the first couple of innings as the game remained scoreless until the fourth. That inning the Bengals capitalized on two UVU defensive miscues by scoring four unearned runs to jump out to a 4-0 advantage.

Utah Valley bounced back with a run of its own in the fifth as Brinkerhoff doubled to start the inning and came around to score on a sacrifice fly by Amanda Perez two batters later to make it a 4-1 contest.

ISU countered with two more insurance runs in the last of the fifth thanks to a two-RBI single from Gabby Lopez to give the Bengals a 6-1 lead. That's where the game remained until the end as Idaho State also pulled out the first game of the series, 6-1.

Mills (14-14) pitched into the fifth inning and allowed just two earned runs (six total) but suffered the loss as ISU's Fitzsimmons pitched a complete game six-hitter and allowed no earned runs (one total) to pickup the win.

Marie Williams led UVU offensively in the first game by going 2-for-2, while Becky Simonsen and Vicky Galasso led the Bengals by each recording two hits apiece.

UVU and ISU will both conclude PCSC play Sunday with another doubleheader in Pocatello beginning at noon.

SLCC SOFTBALL: At Taylorsville, the No. 1 Bruins (48-7, 39-5) split the final day with Snow College, winning 4-2 and losing 8-7.

Lauren Miller was 2 for 3 with an RBI in the Game 1 win and Meagan Nielson was 2 for 3. MaCauley Flint got the win allowing one earned run.

Costly errors led the 8-7 defeat of Salt Lake in the final game of the series. In the bottom of the seventh, Meagan Nielson blasted a two-run home run to put Salt Lake down one. However, the Badgers would force a pop up to end the game. Trina Gomez was 2 for 4 and Tanisha Anderson went 2 for 3.

The Bruins complete the regular season with a trip to Colorado Northwestern next weekend then return home for the Region 18 Tournament on May 10-12.

DIXIE STATE SOFTBALL: At Phoenix, the Red Storm split a doubleheader with Grand Canyon. The Red Storm the lost the opener 1-0 and won the nightcap 8-0 in five innings.

Senior Lauren Folta allowed just the one unearned run and four hits in the opener, despite losing she lowered her season ERA to 2.04.

The Red Storm (36-11, 26-6 PWC) had seven hits off Antelope (34-19, 21-9 PWC) starter Sepulveda, but couldnt manage a run and were shut out for the first time this season.

BYU GOLF: At Provo, after shooting the lowest round at the 2012 PING Cougar Classic, the BYU men's golf team won its first tournament title in over two years.

Taking a lead into the final round the BYU A team shot a 12-under 276 to win its first tournament since March 9, 2010. The Cougars dispatched two-time defending champion Colorado State and No. 4 UNLV as all five golfers for BYU's A team shot par or better on the final day.

"We've been in contention several times, but we've always come up short," BYU coach Bruce Brockbank said. "I knew we were going to have to play well today and the kids stepped up and we got a win."

Ben Hogan Watch list nominee Zac Blair led the A team, finishing third overall with a 7-under 209. After shooting 1-under on the front nine, Blair birdied holes 13, 14 and 15 to finish with a final-round 68.

While Blair led the BYU A team, it was redshirt freshman Mike Jurca of the B team that led the way for the Cougars. Jurca, playing in only his first tournament of the season, shot rounds of 70, 69 and 69 to finish second, three strokes behind tournament champion, Zahkai Brown of Colorado State.

"I can't say enough about Mike Jurca," BYU assistant coach Todd Miler said. "I've never seen a guy show up in his first college tournament and take second. For him to handle the pressure was really impressive."

While it may have been Jurca's first collegiate tournament, he was confident that he would play well.

"I've been playing really well for the last month," Jurca said. "I won the Fox Hollow Amateur and was runner up at the Brigham City Amateur to Zac (Blair). That helped me to feel that I'm finally back."

The Cougars A team finished with a 14-under 850 for the tournament. CSU followed closely behind at 855 and the BYU B team finished third after carding 859. No. 4 UNLV finished fourth, one stroke behind the B team at 860. Southern Utah, led by a fifth-place finish by Jeff Evans finished fifth. Boise State and Air Force tied for sixth, while Wyoming finished eighth and Utah State ninth. The Aggies were led by a 19th-place finish by Tanner Higham.

Other Cougar participants included in sixth place Justin Keiley (3-under 213), seventh place Devon Purser (2-under 214), seventh place Patrick Fishburn (2-under 214), 12th place Cole Ogden (1-over 217), 16th place McCoy Willey (2-over 218), 25th place Jordan Hammer (6-over 222), 28th place Daniel Reid (7-over 223) and 42nd place Adam Tebbs (11-over 227).

The Cougar Classic concludes BYU's regular season. The Cougars will wait until May 7 for their postseason to be determined, when the NCAA regionals are announced.

"I hope that this win will get us in the NCAA Regionals," Brockbank said. "This is a team that could go and advance to the finals. We'd have to play great, but there is a chance."

Cougar A Team

Place Name Score

3 Zac Blair -7

6 Justin Keiley -3

T7 Devon Purser -2

T12 Cole Ogden +1

T25 Jordan Hammer +6

Cougar B Team

Place Name Score

2 Mike Jurca -8

T7 Patrick Fishburn -2

16 McCoy Willey +2

T28 Daniel Reid +7

T42 Adam Tebbs +11

Place School Score

1 BYU A -14

2 Colorado State -9

3 BYU B -5

4 No. 4 UNLV -4

5 Southern Utah +11

T6 Air Force +15

T6 Boise State +15

8 Wyoming +23

9 Utah State +34

UTAH STATE GOLF: At Provo, Utah State's Tanner Higham finished tied for 19th-place with a 4-over par 220 (73-74-73) at the PING Cougar Classic held here at the Riverside Country Club Friday and Saturday.

Utah State finished in ninth-place in the nine-team field with a 34-over 898 (302-301-295). BYU won the tournament with a 14-under 850 (290-284-276), while Zahkai Brown from Colorado State took medalist honors with an 11-under 205 (68-72-65).

Freshman Tanner Jenson finished tied for 28th for USU with a 7-over 223 (73-76-74), while freshman Andrew Paulson tied for 35th with a 9-over 225 (79-72-74). Junior Brendan Dennis finished tied for 48th with an 18-over 234 (77-80-77), and senior Chanse Godderidge finished in 51st-place with a 23-over 239 (86-79-74).

Utah State also had two individuals competing as freshman Brennan Coburn finished tied for 33rd with an 8-over 224 (75-75-74) and senior Cobie Lunsford ended the tournament tied for 42nd with an 11-over 227 (74-79-74).

Utah State will return to action on Monday when it travels to Henderson, Nev., to compete in the 2012 Western Athletic Conference Championships.

TEAM RESULTS

1. BYU - 290-284-276 --- 850 (-14)

2. Colorado State - 285-293-277 --- 855 (-9)

3. BYU (B) - 285-290-284 --- 859 (-5)

4. UNLV - 292-288-280 --- 860 (-4)

5. Southern Utah - 286-302-287 --- 875 (+11)

T6. Air Force - 291-294-294 --- 879 (+15)

T6. Boise State - 296-295-288 --- 879 (+15)

8. Wyoming - 306-293-288 --- 887 (+23)

9. UTAH STATE - 302-301-295 --- 898 (+34)

INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

1. Zahkai Brown, Colorado State - 68-72-65 --- 205 (-11)

2. Mike Jurca, BYU - 70-69-69 --- 208 (-8)

3. Zachary Blair, BYU - 70-71-68 --- 209 (-7)

4. Kevin Penner, UNLV - 72-69-69 --- 210 (-6)

5. Jeff Evans, Southern Utah - 67-73-71 --- 211 (-5)

UTAH STATE INDIVIDUAL RESULTS

T19. Tanner Higham - 73-74-73 --- 220 (+4)

T28. Tanner Jenson - 73-76-74 --- 223 (+7)

T33. Brennan Coburn - 75-75-74 --- 224 (+8)

T35. Andrew Paulson - 79-72-74 --- 225 (+9)

T42. Cobie Lunsford - 74-79-74 --- 227 (+11)

T48. Brendan Dennis - 77-80-77 --- 234 (+18)

51. Chanse Godderidge - 86-79-74 - 239 (+23)

SUU GOLF: At Provo, Jeff Evans shot 1-under par 71 to post a fifth-place finish at the PING Golf Cougar Classic and lead Southern Utah to a fifth-place team finish.

After a round of 287, the Thunderbirds finished at 11-over par 875, 25 shots off the pace of host BYU, which edged Colorado State (855). BYU's B team finished third at 859 while UNLV was fourth at 860.

Evans began the day in a tie for second but BYU's Zachary Blair shot 68 and UNLV's Kevin Penner shot 69 to move past him while CSU's Zahkai Brown — who was tied with Evans heading into the day — shot a final-round 65 to move to the top of the leaderboard and claim the individual title.

SUU's Nic Booth and Sammy Cole finished tied for 28th at 7-over par 223, while Jake Holt was 42nd at 225 and Brad Millard finished 47th at 230. SUU's Jordan Orth, competing as an individual, came in 50th at 236.

SUU finished four strokes ahead of Air Force and Boise State, which checked in at 879, while Wyoming was eighth at 887 and Utah State finished ninth at 898.

UTAH TENNIS: At Ojai, Calif., the 40th-ranked University of Utah women's tennis team's first appearance at the Pac-12 Championships ended as the freshmen duo of Danielle Flores and Natasha Smith dropped a close 9-7 decision to the top-seeded team of Hailey Johnson and Sarah Landsman of Arizona in the doubles invitational quarterfinals.

"I was pleased with how we competed," said head coach Mat Iandolo. "I am quite sure it will help us as we move into the postseason. You know you are in a great league when a second round match in the tournament is a rematch of last year's NCAA singles final."

BYU TRACK: At Provo, Miles Batty made a valiant attempt at completing the sub-four mile, finishing in 4:04.53.

Jared Ward came in second in the seeded mile, with a time of 4:09.35.

Along with Batty, the BYU men's track and field team found much success at the Robison Invitational, the Cougar's last home meet of the 2012 season.

Fanfan Charles led the sprints with a second place finish in the 100m, finishing in 10.40. Jason Hinds also performed well, finishing fourth in the same event in 10.65.

Jason Hinds also ran well in 200m, finishing second with a time of 21.42.

In the middle distances, Ryan Waite and Steven Hart finished third and fourth in the 400m, finishing with times of 48.42 and 48.56, respectively.

Justin Hedin secured the victory in the seeded 800m race with a time of 1:50.42, with Shaquille Walker coming in a close second in 1:51.15.

Steve Morrin finished first in the open mile in 4:21.71. Steve Flint and Josh Adams finished one-two in the 3,000-meter steeplechase, finishing in 9:11.12 and 9:11.21, respectively.

BYU pulled first place finishes in both the 4x100-meter and 4x400-meter relays. The team of Charles, Hinds, James Ghormley and Cade Lindahl won the 4x100-meter in 40.60 while Rhyan Atrice, Chris Carter, Lindahl and Walker won the 4x400-meter in 3:12.38.

The Cougars had strong performances in the field events, with five first-place finishes and three events in which BYU finished one-two-three.

Colby Barber won the shot put, throwing 55-001/4, and Kyle Mills tied his personal record with his victory in the triple jump, jumping 50-043/4. Konrad Rywelski finished third in the triple jump with a distance of 45-8.3/4.

In the high jump, Russell Nielson secured first with a height of 7-001/4 and Adam Hine finished second by clearing the same height with more attempts, with Dakoda John

coming in third, jumping 6-10. With these jumps, the Cougars have had three athletes clear seven feet this season.

Brayden Bringhurst narrowly missed first place in the pole vault, clearing 16-013/4 in more attempts than the unattached Whitney Neves, and Tyler Brown came in second with a height of 15-073/4.

Although windy conditions hindered the javelin, Blaine Baker still secured the victory with a throw of 196-043/4 and Chris Reno and Keith Keller took second and third, throwing 190-111/4 and 180-07, respectively.

BYU's decathletes also performed well, with Chase Dalton coming in first with 7,183 points, Joshua Weirich finishing second with 7,095 points and Isaac Robison securing third with 6,673 points.

The women's team recorded seven first place finishes and several season bests at the annual Robison Invitational.

Freshman Lexi Eaton continued her strong outdoor season with a victory in the high jump with a leap of 5-10. Senior Diana Blauer cleared the same height in more attempts to finish second, while Taylor Stapley and Ada Robinson finished third and fourth, respectively.

Also picking up a win in the field was Allyson Anderson, who won the javelin with a throw of 161-111/4. Teammate Amber Huntington finished second with a season best toss of 146-101/4.

Multi-event athlete Elizabeth Wilson snagged a victory in the triple jump with a season best 39-51/4. Melissa Keltner managed a second place finish in the event with a leap of 38-021/4.

Fatima Makakala led the way in the sprints with a win in the 100-meter hurdles in 14.09. Taylor Stapley crossed the line just behind Makakala in second in 14.22. In the 400-meter hurdles, Angela Shields finished second in 1:00.63 and Diane Stewart ended up in third in 1:01.19.

Jenessa Carlson won the 800 meters in 2:10.89 and was the lone Cougar to win a middle distance event. In the longer distances, Lisa Drury took first in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10:50.00 and Katherine Swanson won the 5,000 meters in 18:01.18.

Sophomore Aubrey Hale narrowly missed out on a win in the 100 meters but set a season best in the event with a time of 11.87.

BYU athletes took three of the top four places in the pole vault. Senior Christen Guenther took first with a vault of 13-021/4 while Rachel Fisher finished third by clearing the same height in more attempts. Freshman Nicole Naatjes took fourth with a mark of 12-101/4.

In the throws, freshman Brianna French led the way with a fourth place finish in the discus and a sixth place finish in the shot put. Martha Shephard finished fifth in the hammer throw with a toss of 168-06.

UTAH TRACK: At Des Moines, Iowa, after four days of competing, the Utah women's track and field team wrapped up action at the Drake Relays and BYU Robison Invitational. The final day was capped by Destanae Howerton-Davis' first-place performance in the shot put.

"Overall we had a solid and productive weekend," Utah head coach Kyle Kepler said. "I think that we are at where we want to be right now. We just need to get through finals and stay healthy."

At the Drake Relays, the Utes had a solid second day led by Amanda Mergaert in the 1,500 meters. Mergaert got off to a really good start, but showed signs of fatigue from back-to-back days of competing in the final 500 meters of the race. She recorded a solid time of 4:25.99 for ninth place.

"Amanda looked really good and smooth at the start of the race, but ran out of gas from two days of racing," Kepler said. "We will continue working on strength and getting ready for back-to-back days as we prepare for the conference and championship meets. We will keep growing and keep improving."

Senior Brianna LeRoy competed in the long jump for the Utes. She had two good first jumps, but unfortunately fouled on both of them. With one jump remaining, LeRoy stayed conservative and recorded a mark of 17-06 for 20th.

At the BYU Robison Invitational, Destanae Howerton-Davis captured the event title in the shot put. Howerton-Davis threw a mark of 48-071/2 feet, which is the second-best mark in school history and 0.75 of an inch shy of breaking the school record.

Also finishing in the top-five of the shot put were three other Utah athletes. Candus Aiello posted a third-place mark of 45-041/2. Alanna Nulph (44-081/4 feet) and Nikkie Rudder (44-031/2 feet) earned fourth and fifth overall.

"We had a small group here, but I thought they did very well this weekend," Utah assistant coach Tapio Kuusela said after the Robison Invitational. "The results were pleasing here. We still need time to square out our technique, but we will have things ready before the Pac-12 Conference Championships."

The 400-meter hurdles featured two Utah athletes in the final round. Senior Elise McVicar set a new personal record with a fourth-place time of 1:01.71. Fellow teammate Kayla McMurray crossed the line in fifth place with a time of 1:02.75.

"Next week we will fine tune some things at the Weber Open as we get ready for our first Pac-12 Conference Championships," said Kepler.

USU TRACK: At Berkeley, Calif., the Aggies captured three events as part of 23 top-five finishes at the Brutus Hamilton Open and Invitational, as well as the BYU Robison Invitational in Provo.

Sonia Grabowska's vault of 13-061/4 won the pole vault at the Robison Invitational, while Dallas Singley won the men's event with a mark of 15-01. Junior Silas Pimentel won the 200 meters at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational with a time of 21.46. Pimentel also placed fourth in the 100 meters (10.62).

Taking second place for the Aggies in Berkeley, Calif., were senior Lindsey Spencer in the discus 170-00, freshman Nic Bowens in the 100 meters (10.58m), along with the women's 4x400-meter relay team (3:46.24) and the men's 4x100-meter relay team (40.68). Bowens also placed third in the 200 meters (21.68).

Other top-five finishers for the USU women included freshman McKenzie Johnson, who placed third in the long jump with a leap of 19-06. Finishing fourth in their respective events were senior Katelyn Heiner in the 400-meter dash with a time of 54.96, sophomore Kylie Hirschi in the 400-meter hurdles with a time of 1:01.22, along with freshmen Mariah Thompson and Jodi Williams, who tied for fourth-place in the high jump, clearing 5-06. The women's 4x100-meter relay team also finished fourth (47.96).

Senior Camille Fehlberg tabbed fifth place in the 400-meter hurdles (1:02.68), while junior Bailee Whitworth also finished fifth in the 200 meters (24.26). Senior Rachelle St. Jeor also notched a fifth-place finish in the pole vault at BYU with a personal-best height of 12-101/4.

Other top-five finishers for the Utah State men included junior Will Henry, who placed third in the 100 meters with a time of 10.60, while sophomore AJ Boully finished third and fourth in the 100-meter hurdles and 400-meter hurdles with times of 14.76 and 53.73, respectively. Sophomore Bryce Hall collected third-place honors in the discus with a toss of 164-05, as senior Joe Canavan tabbed fifth-place in the shot put with a throw of 51-071/4. The men's 4x400-meter relay team also finished in third-place with a time of 3:21.48.

The 2012 Western Athletic Conference Outdoor Track & Field Championships will be held at the Dan O'Brien Track & Field Complex in Moscow, Idaho on Tuesday through Friday, May 8-11.

SUU TRACK: At Cedar City, the T-Birds broke into the record books and recorded several personal-best finishes as they took on UVU.

Thrower Kayla Kovar led the Thunderbirds with three first-place finishes in the hammer, discus and shot put, with a personal record in the discus and hammer. Kovars discus mark of 165-07 set a new all-time best record for Southern Utah, while her hammer mark of 191-01 places second in the schools record books. Kovars shot put toss of 50-3.50 also earned a first-place finish.

Sadi Hoyt also competed in the hammer throw, recording a personal best of 168-10 and also ranking among the top 10 school records. Whitney Fairbanks, Cheyenne Thatcher and Sarah Swalberg represented the T-Birds in the javelin, recording personal best marks of 139-08, 129-09, and 125-02.

The men were led in throws by Phillipe Renaud, who won the hammer throw with a personal best of 164-10 and improved his previous school record. Cody Olsen dominated the javelin with a first-place mark of 199-05, followed by Chris Johnson in second with a 176-01 toss.

The Thunderbirds also took the titles in several of the jumps, including a first-place finish in the womens pole vault by Chelsea Morley-Atkinson with a height of 10-11.75. Wade Nielson led the mens high jump with a mark of 6-06.75, while Kyle Kopp won the long jump with a mark of 23-08. Kopps mark also improves his previous school record.

Kopp and Nielson also competed in the sprints, leading Southern Utah in the 200-meter dash with first- and second-place times of 22.22 and 22.39, respectively. Preston Myers earned a victory in the 100-meter dash with a first-place time of 10.61, also breaking into the record books with a personal best. The men also raced to a first-place finish over UVU in the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 41.86.

Jasmine Paicely-Mullins led the sprints on the womens side with a first-place time of 11.93 in the 100-meter dash, followed closely by Lindsay Terry in second with a 12.12 finish. Paicely-Mullins time ranks second in the school record books, while Terrys time ranks eighth.

The distance team was led by Kaylee Coates in the 800-meter run, with a first-place time of 2:16.22, while Sylvia Bedford and Madalyn Jones led in the womens 3,000-meter run. Bedford and Jones finished first and second with respective times of 10:14.60 and 10:17.25.

Clinton Rhoton won the 3,000-meters on the mens side, crossing the finish line in 8:44.06, while Devan Antczak led SUU in the milewith a second-place time of 4:22.47.

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