While 70th seems like a long way out, the BYU senior is only three strokes behind 18th place. After bogies on four of her first nine holes, Yuan shot just one bogey on her back nine.
The 54-hole tournament will resume on Friday for round two action and will conclude on Saturday.
USU TRACK: At Moscow, Idaho, Utah State's track and field team won five event championships at the 2012 Outdoor Track & Field Championships.
Winning their respective events were seniors Sonia Grabowska, Kim Quinn and Daniel Howell, along with sophomores Bryce Hall and Kyle McKenna. It is the first individual Western Athletic Conference outdoor title for all five athletes.
Grabowska won the pole vault while clearing 12-11.75, making it the third WAC pole vaulting title overall as she also won top honors in the event during the WAC Indoor Championships in 2011 and 2012. Quinn clocked in at 35:50.09 to win the 10,000 meters for her third overall WAC individual title as she won the 3,000- and 5,000-meter races at the 2010 WAC Indoor Championships.
Hall threw a personal-best 171-09 to win the discus event and claim his second WAC event championship as he also won the weight throw title at the 2012 WAC Indoor Championships. Howell won the 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:04.52 to become a four-time WAC champion as he also won the indoor 3,000-meter title in 2011 and 2012, as well as the 2012 indoor 5,000-meter title. McKenna crossed the finish line at 30:51.82 to win the 10,000 meters to claim his first WAC championship title after being the runner-up in the 10,000 meters at the 2011 WAC Outdoor Championships.
Overall on the day, USU had student-athletes place in the top-three of 10 events to garner first-team all-WAC honors, while seven Aggies placed fourth, fifth or sixth in their event to be named second-team all-WAC.
Idaho's men and women lead all teams at the championships with point totals of 93 and 51.5, respectively, heading into the final day. Fresno State's women are in second-place with 45 points followed by USU (43), Hawai'i (40.5), New Mexico State (40), Nevada (31) and Louisiana Tech (22). On the men's side, Utah State is in second-place with 73 points, while Fresno State is third with 48 points and Louisiana Tech sits in fourth place with three points.
SUU TRACK: At Fargo, N.D., the Thunderbirds garnered three individual titles on Day 1 of the Summit League Outdoor Track & Field Championships with the men in third place and women in second place overall.
Diana Medina-Mitchell defended her 2011 title in the 10K with a first-place finishing time of 36:41.98, crossing the line close to 16 seconds faster than the nearest competitor. Teammate Sylvia Bedford also collected points for the T-Birds during the race, finishing in fourth place with a finishing time of 37:38.36.
Cameron Levins also took home the 10K title on the men's side, finishing the race in 31:38.18 more than eight seconds faster than the 2011 champion, UMKC's Cosmas Ayabei (31:46.91).
In the field events, Southern Utah's women gathered 10 points via a first-place finish by Kayla Kovar in the hammer throw as the sophomore threw 186-08.
In the men's field events, Cody Olsen missed on a chance to defend his 2011 javelin title as he tallied a mark of 193-06 on his first attempt, but faulted on his final five attempts. The mark was still good enough for a podium finish as the senior finished in third place behind North Dakota State's Nikola Mijailovic (200-09) and Western Illinois' Jordan Liles (194-05).
The finishes have the women in second place with 30 points, trailing South Dakota with 38 points. The men are currently in third with 16 points, trailing North Dakota State (38) and Western Illinois (26).
Wade Nielson finished the opening day of the decathlon with 3,751 points over the first five events. Nielson recorded first-place finishes in the long jump (22-06.5) and high jump (6-08) en route to his first-place total. Teammate Stephen Wilson is also poised for a strong finish with 3,205 points, for third place, after top five finishes in all but one event.
WESTMINSTER LACROSSE: At Colorado Springs, Colo., the Griffin women defeated Oakland (Mich.) 24-18 in the quarterfinals of the WCLA National Championships.
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