MARIETTA, Ga. — The No. 8 Cougars traveled to No. 2 Life University for the D1-A rugby semifinal and beat the Mid-South champions 26-20 to advance to their 7th straight national championship game next Saturday at Rio Tinto Stadium.
In a very physical and tactical match, BYU took an early lead and held on late to beat a strong Life team on their field.
After being down 26-5, the Running Eagles clawed their way back into the game on back of two tries by All American No. 8 Cameron Dolan and flanker Andrew McNeil.
With an additional penalty goal by fullback Joe Cowley, Life was on the verge of coming back in the final quarter of the game.
But BYU, who played the majority of the game in their own half, would regain possession and hold on to the ball to run out the clock and win the game following the clearing kick from center Paul Lasike.
The Cougars started the game fast from an early try from prop Ray Forrester in the 4th minute. A tough angled conversion by scrumhalf Shaun Davies had BYU leading 7-0 in Marietta.
Life would come back quickly with a chip kick that bounced back into the arms of Cowley who then passed to a supporting scrum half Cornelius Dirksen who scored Life's opening try in the 10th minute. BYU would still lead 7-5 after the Life try was unconverted.
But as Life controlled more field position and possession the BYU defense was committed and repelled the Life attack on more than one occasion.
Eventually the BYU defensive patience led to three tries from the Cougars that would prove the difference in the game.
The first came from fly half Dylan Lubbe who intercepted a Life pass to sprint the remaining 60 meters for the try. And the remaining two were from center Paul Lasike manufacturing a duo of tries late in the first half.
BYU will face a familiar foe in Arkansas State, which reached its first-ever national title bout.
At Old Westbury, N.Y., Preston Olson dealt a two-hit shutout and set a new school record with 16 strikeouts to lead Utah Valley University to a 10-0 win and a doubleheader sweep at NYIT, extending the nation's longest winning streak to 31 games.
Olson's dominating performance in the second game of the twin bill came after the Wolverines (38-11, 23-0 GWC) nearly saw the streak end in Game 1. In the seven-inning opener, UVU scored twice in the top of the seventh to pick up a come-from-behind win, 4-3.
Goose Kallunki, who was out of the lineup battling back spasms, delivered a pinch-hit, game-tying single in the seventh and came in to score the winning run on a double by Jake Rickenbach. The Bears had the tying run at third with two outs in the bottom of the seventh but Taylor Mangum struck out Sebastian Grazziani to end it.
NYIT did all of its scoring on a three-run home run from Michael Fermin in the first inning and nearly rode that to the upset win.
Willie Pratt's two-out double in the second brought home two runs before the Wolverines found themselves down a run entering the final frame. Taylor Berg got the inning started with an infield single and moved to second on a throwing error. Cole Butcher then pinch ran for Berg and scored on Kallunki's single.
Berg and Rickenbach both had two hits for UVU while Mangum picked up the win and moved to 4-0 after throwing two scoreless frames.
In game two, three different players homered for Utah Valley behind the gem from Olson. Alex Exon hit a two-run shot in the second inning before Sean Moysh's solo homer and a two-run blast from Austin Heaps anchored a five-run third.
Olson was perfect into the fifth inning before a one-out double by Grazziani became the first hit and base runner of the game for the Bears.
UVU tacked on two more runs in the sixth to lead 9-0 before Heaps doubled home Moysh in the eighth to push the lead to 10-0.
Olson worked through a leadoff walk and an infield single in the eighth, striking out the side to end the game in eight via the 10-run rule. The shutout is the team's second of the series and seventh of the season. It's also the second time an individual UVU starter has shut out an opposing team this season.
The series concludes Sunday with a 10 a.m. MT first pitch.
At Salt Lake City, a two-out, two-RBI single from Jo Jo Sharrar lifted the Utah baseball team to a 4-3 extra-inning win over Oregon State.
Oregon State broke a 2-2 tie in the top of the 11th inning with a two-out RBI single from Max Gordon, scoring pinch-runner Ryan Dettman. Although OSU would load the bases, reliever Nick Green got Michael Conforto to strike out and end the inning.
In the bottom of the 11th, Tyler Relf and Parker Morin hit back-to-back singles to start off the inning. Both moved over on a sacrifice bunt from Shaun Cooper. Trey Nielsen was intentionally walked to load the bases before Sharrar hit a single through the right side that just got past diving second baseman John Tommasini and scored Relf and Morin, giving the Utes the win.
Morin had two hits to lead Utah at the plate. Green earned his first career win on the mound after entering in the 11th inning. Joe Pond earned the start, allowing two runs and five hits over six innings with three strikeouts. Tyler Wagner threw four innings and allowed one run on five hits. Kesley Kondo also pitched part of the seventh inning.
Oregon State (31-17, 12-11 Pac-12) struck first with a run in the second inning. Ryan Dunn walked to lead off the inning, moving to third after Kalvin Keyes doubled to right center before scoring on a sacrifice fly off the bat of Danny Hayes.
The Utes (13-34, 7-19 Pac-12) got on the board in the bottom of the fifth. Nielsen scored on a Cory Hunt single after walking to lead off the inning. Utah would leave the bases loaded.
The Beavers took the lead in the seventh, with Hayes scoring on a sacrifice fly after leading off the inning with a double. Utah scored the equalizer in the eighth on an RBI double by Morin to score Relf.
OSU had two hits in the 10th inning but Utah got out of the inning with the help of a heads-up play and catching Conforto between bases.
Oregon State starter Jace Fry pitched nine innings, allowing two runs on four hits with six strikeouts. Tony Bryant got the loss after entering in the 10th inning. OSU out-hit Utah 10-7.
Utah and Oregon State play game three of the series on Sunday at noon MT.
At Malibu, Calif., Pepperdine came from behind again to defeat the Cougars (19-24, 7-11 WCC), completing a sweep with an 8-7 victory.
Pepperdine (28-19, 12-6) used a four-run sixth inning to chase Cougar starter Adam Miller from the game and take an 8-6 lead.
At Cedar City, the T-Birds came up just short in an 11-9 defeat to visiting South Dakota State.
The Thunderbirds (17-31, 11-8) fell behind early after the visiting Jackrabbits jumped out to a 4-0 lead on a three-run home run from shortstop Eric Cain in the top of the third. SUU second baseman David Ricker led off the bottom half of the inning with a triple before coming in to score on a wild pitch to make the count 4-1.
South Dakota State (16-31-1, 5-12) got another run on an RBI double from Beau Hanowski in the following inning to push its lead back to four, but the Thunderbirds answered with a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth to trim the deficit to 5-3. Marcus Romero grounded into a fielder's choice to bring in a run and Chase Rezac added an RBI double down the left-field line to bring Southern Utah within two.
The Jacks put together another big inning in the top of the seventh as first baseman Aaron Machbitz hit the second three-run home run of the day for his team as part of a five-run inning that saw South Dakota State take a 10-3 lead.
The T-Birds battled back in the bottom half of the frame as the first two batters safely reached base. Rezac then drove a pitch over the left field wall for a three-run blast that pulled SUU within four. Then after the Thunderbirds had loaded the bases, Ricker put a ball down the right-field line for a two RBI single. Bo Cuthbertson drove in another run with a groundout RBI to pull the team within a single run, but SDSU reliever DJ Moore would end the inning with a strikeout to help the Jackrabbits hold onto a 10-9 lead.
South Dakota State added an insurance run in the top of the ninth and Moore held the Thunderbirds scoreless over the final two frames to help his team come away with an 11-9 victory.
Rezac's fifth home run of the year helped the SUU slugger finish the day 3-for-5 at the plate with four RBIs and a run scored. Machbitz went 4-for-5 for the Jackrabbits with three RBIs and also scored a run.
Senior pitcher Joe Karlik (2-3) took the loss for the Thunderbirds after allowing nine runs in 62/3 innings. South Dakota State starter Adam Bray (3-3) picked up the win while giving up six scores in six innings.
Region 18 Baseball
At Taylorsville, the top seeded Bruins (43-8) won the title with a 6-5 comeback win over Western Nevada. Down three heading into the ninth inning, the Bruins rallied to score four runs and win in walk-off fashion. The Bruins will host a District Playoff next weekend at Cate Field.
Ruddy Acosta pitched seven innings, allowing five hits while Aaron Robbs picked up the win. Dominique Taylor was 3 for 5 with three RBIs and was named tournament MVP. Kennedy Kinkade was the hero of the game, hitting a two-run double in the ninth. Kinkade finished the game 2 for 5 with two RBIs.
At Las Cruces, N.M., the Cougars won the WAC title with an 8-3 win over Fresno State. Shelbi Everett, Katie Manuma and Tiffany Messerschmidt had two RBIs apiece to lead BYU.
At Salt Lake City, in her last game at Ute Field, senior third baseman Whitney Holm connected on a pair of homers, but the Utes came up short against No. 15 Stanford, 12-9.
There were four lead changes during the game as Utah (28-28, 2-22 Pac-12) pounded eight hits on the day, led by a 3-for-4 effort, four-RBI effort by Holm, who cracked her ninth and 10th homers of the year. Holm had 38 homers over her career, which stands third in school history and is fourth in school history with 133 RBIs.
In her final outing at Ute Field, senior Generra Nielson struck out six in 62/3 innings of work. She did not allow a hit through 31/3 innings to the Cardinal. Unfortunately, Nielson was credited with the loss and ended 2012 with a 21-18 record and was 42-30 for her career. She extended her school single-season strikeout record to 294 this season. Nielson finished fourth in school history with 492 strikeouts in two seasons with the Utes.
Region 18 Softball
At Taylorsville, the Bruins (55-7) claimed the title with a 10-4 win over Southern Idaho.
Salt Lake fell down early in the game with Southern Idaho striking in the first inning off a pair of SLCC errors. However the Bruins would settle down and take the lead in the fourth with a six run inning. Ariel Zimmerman got the win, going five innings striking out four; MaCauley Flint got the save, going two innings with three K's. Meagan Neilson blasted a three-run home run in the sixth inning to put Salt Lake up six with three outs remaining. Maddy Woodard finished the game 3 for 4 with three RBIs.
UVU Softball Awards
The Pacific Coast Softball Conference handed out its annual postseason awards and two Wolverines made the first team, two more made the second and four more were honorable mention selections.
Landing on the All-PCSC Mountain Division First Team from UVU were junior pitcher Tiffany Mills and freshman catcher/designated player Jamie North. Freshman pitcher Cassie Herrera and junior outfielder Marie Williams were also named to the second team. The conference honor for all four is their first as all our newcomers in Orem this season.
Honorable mention selections for the Wolverines also included junior shortstop Krystin Jachim, senior first baseman Amanda Perez, senior catcher Deianna Russell and freshman second baseman Jessica Uresti.
The All-Mountain Division team and individual award winners were voted on by the six head coaches in the PCSC Mountain Division and were selected solely on their play in PCSC games only. The PCSC began divisional play in 2010 and names an all-division team for both the Coastal and Mountain Divisions.
Mills (Riverside, Calif.) has had a tremendous season in Orem as the pitcher has set numerous school records in her first year as a Wolverine. She broke the single-season mark for wins in a season as she currently has 16 (16-16), earned run average (2.57), shutouts (4), complete games (23) and saves (8). Mills also has pitched over 200 innings this year (209.2), struck out 140 batters, started 33 games, and opponents are hitting just .240 off her.
North (Placentia, Calif.) has had an outstanding freshman season for UVU as she earned first team accolades after leading the Wolverines in hitting in PCSC-only play with a .356 average. For the entire season she is batting a team-high .313 with three homers, nine doubles, a triple and 16 RBIs.
Herrera (Santa Clarita, Calif.) earned second team honors after she has been solid in the circle for the Wolverines during her freshman campaign. For the season Herrera is 8-6 with a 3.86 ERA. The right-hander has started 19 games, pitched four complete contests and two shutouts. In conference-only play she was even better as she was 3-2 with a 2.62 ERA in eight starts.
Williams (Delta, British Columbia) was second on the team in hitting in conference-only play in 2012 with a .346 batting average. The slap-hitter also scored nine runs and drove home three more. Overall the centerfielder is hitting .268 with 25 runs scored, 10 RBIs, seven stolen bases and four assists.
Portland State junior right-hander Anna Bertrand was a unanimous choice for the Mountain Division Pitcher of the Year, while Idaho State junior pitcher
Infielder Amanda Fitzsimmons and Weber State senior third baseman Lyndsey Minnich were named Mountain Division co-Players of the Year.
Portland State freshman shortstop Alicia Fine was named Freshman of the Year and Viking head coach Tobin Echo-Hawk garnered her third straight Mountain Division Coach of the Year Award after she led PSU to the division title. It was also Echo-Hawk's fourth consecutive Coach of the Year award as she was named the PCSC Coach of the Year in 2009 before divisional play began in 2010.
UVU, who failed to qualify for the PCSC championship series that will take place in Moraga, Calif. this weekend, will instead play at the Great West Conference Championships in Farmers Branch, Texas beginning Sunday. The top-seeded Wolverines will begin the tournament by taking on fourth-seeded North Dakota Sunday at 9 a.m. MT.
2012 PCSC ALL-MOUNTAIN DIVISION TEAM
Pos. Player Yr. School
C Bubba Morrow FR Seattle
1B Karmen Holladay** SR Portland State
2B Melissa Marcovecchio FR Northern Colorado
3B Lyndsey Minnich -! SR Weber State
SS Alicia Fine FR Portland State
OF Lindsey Smith JR Northern Colorado
OF Sarah Petosa SO Seattle
OF Jenna Krogh** SR Portland State
UTL Jamie North FR Utah Valley
P-UTL Amanda Fitzsimmons JR Idaho State
P Anna Bertrand*** -! JR Portland State
P Tiffany Mills JR Utah Valley
Pos. Player Yr. School
C Vicky Galasso FR Idaho State
1B Lisa Maulden FR Seattle
2B Becky Simonsen JR Idaho State
3B Brianna Guerrero SO Seattle
SS Brooke Silva SO Weber State
OF Erika James-Dixon SR Weber State
OF Marie Williams JR Utah Valley
OF Erin Geddis SR Northern Colorado
UTL Cydnee Clark FR Weber State
P-UTL Sarah Clark SR Weber State
P Mandie Sugita SO Seattle
P Cassie Herrera FR Utah Valley
Honorable Mention: Crysta Conn (SO, 3B), Portland State; Janel Cunningham (FR, C), Weber State; Mikayla Duffy (FR, P
UTL), Northern Colorado; Ashley Huddleston (SO, 1B), Weber State; Krystin Jachim (JR, SS), Utah Valley; Gabby Lopez (FR, UTL), Idaho State; Carly McEachran (JR, 2B), Portland State; Symbree Minniear (SR, 2B), Weber State; Alex Neely (SR, UTL), Northern Colorado; Amanda Perez (SR, 1B), Utah Valley; Deianna Russell (SR, C), Utah Valley; Jessica Uresti (FR, 2B), Utah Valley
CO-PLAYERS OF THE YEAR: Amanda Fitzsimmons (JR, P
UTL), Idaho State; Lyndsey Minnich (SR, 3B), Weber State
PITCHER OF THE YEAR: Anna Bertrand -! (JR), Portland State
FRESHMAN OF THE YEAR: Alicia Fine (SS), Portland State
COACH OF THE YEAR: Tobin Echo-Hawk, Portland State
* - Number of first-team selections
! – Unanimous selection.
# - Tie
After helping guide Weber State to one of the most successful seasons in its history, senior third baseman Lyndsey Minnich has been named as the Pacific Coast Softball Conference's Mountain Division Player of the Year.
Minnich, a 5-foot-8 senior from Kennewick, Wash., set six single-season records and three career records for the Purple and White this season, etching her name in the Wildcats' record books for years to come.
Minnich shares the award, which is voted upon by the six coaches in the Mountain Division, with Idaho State pitcher/utility Amanda Fitzimmons.
Minnich earned unanimous first team honors on the All-Pacific Coast Mountain Division Team, while senior right-hander/utility Sarah Clark, senior outfielder Erika James-Dixon, sophomore shortstop Brooke Silva and freshman utility player Cydnee Clarke were named to the second team. Senior second baseman Symbree Minniear, sophomore first baseman Ashley Huddleston and freshman catcher Janel Cunningham were named honorable mention, giving the Wildcats eight All-Division honorees.
In conference play Minnich hit .453 with five home runs and 13 RBId as Weber State went into the final weekend of the season in the hunt for the Mountain Division title. She had a .613 on-base percentage and a .830 slugging percentage during conference play. Minnich was also walked 11 times and hit-by-pitch 11 times during PCSC action as teams struggled to contain her explosive offensive ability. Overall in 53 games, she batted .396 with 15 home runs and 49 RBI, ranking second in the PCSC in home runs and third in batting average and RBI. She had an on-base percentage of .521 and a slugging percentage of .772 as she touched 115 total bases.
Minnich set single-season records in batting average, hits, home runs, total bases, runs scored and RBIs, and career records in home runs, total bases and RBIs.
Clark, 5-foot-6 senior from Springville, Utah, hit .389 with 56 hits and 31 RBIs, and was 16-14 with a 3.53 ERA and a single-season school record 153 strikeouts.
James-Dixon, a 5-foot-7 senior from Montpelier, Idaho, hit .311 with 55 hits and 25 stolen bases. She is the PCSC's all-time career leader in stolen bases with 60 in just two seasons.
Silva, a 5-foot-5 sophomore from Sparks, Nev., hit .317 with 51 hits and 31 RBIs.
Clarke, a 5-foot-9 freshman from North Ogden, Utah, hit .297 with 35 hits and 20 RBIs.
Minniear, a 5-foot-7 senior from Murray, Utah, hit .319 with 46 hits and 23 RBIs, while Cunningham, a 5-foot-6 freshman from Mira Loma, Calif., hit .303 with 44 hits and 32 RBI, and Huddleston, a 5-foot-6 sophomore from North Las Vegas, Nev., had 12 hits and eight RBIs, despite missing part of the season due to injury.
Portland State junior Anna Bertrand was the Mountain Division Pitcher of the Year. Vikings shortstop Alicia Fine was named Freshman of the Year, and PSU coach Tobin Echo-Hawk was named Coach of the Year.
At Eugene, Ore., Amanda Mergaert finished third in the group and seventh overall in the 1,500 meters with a time of 4:22.97. Her performance qualifies for the final round.
In the 800 meters, Rosalie Griffin qualified for the final round with a sixth-place performance. Griffin earned second in her heat, setting a personal-best time of 2:08.98. Freshmen Andrea Chavez (2:11.58) and Ali Eisenbeiss (2:11.93) finished 15th and 16th places respectively for the Utes.
The 100m hurdles featured junior Angela Kaplar getting off to a good start. Kaplar fired out of the blocks and looked very solid over the first four hurdles, however she clipped the fifth hurdle costing valuable time. She would end up finishing with a time of 14.06 seconds for 13th, falling shy of qualifying for the final round.
Stephanie Jolley has continued to impress this season as she has improved in every race throughout the second half of the outdoor season. Saturday was no exception; Jolley clocked a new career-best 400-meter hurdles time of 58.73 seconds finishing third in her heat. Jolleys performance earned seventh overall and qualified her for the finals.
Junior Anneli Stahl got the Utes off to a solid start in the womens hammer throw. After recording a foul on her first throw, Stahl posted her best mark of 173-06 on the second attempt capturing 11th place overall. Teammate Nikkie Rudder threw a top mark of 165-0 on her first attempt finishing 14th in the event.
In the shot put, two Utah athletes qualified for the final round. Nikkie Rudder finished first for the Utes and seventh overall with a throw of 46-02.50 feet earning two team points. Candus Aiello posted an eighth-place performance with a mark of 45-08.50 feet capturing one team point. Rudder and Aiello become the first Utah athletes to score team points in throwing events.
The 400-meter dash showcased Lauryn McKay earning fourth in her heat and 20th overall with a time of 56.17 seconds.
Freshman Kaitlin Urmston led the team in the javelin throw. Urmston posted her top mark on the first attempt with a throw of 135-02. Her mark earned 11th overall. Struggling last week in the javelin throw during the heptathlon, Senior Brianna LeRoy improved by seven feet on Saturday recording a throw of 115-8 feet for 19th place.
LeRoy also led the team in the womens long jump. Qualifying for the final round, LeRoy finished the day in eighth with a jump of 19-07 on her third attempt. With her performance, LeRoy earned one team point, bringing her total to three team points thus far at the Pac-12 Conference Championships.
At FARGO, N.D., Southern Utah University men's track & field missed out on a triple crown season, finishing third at the Summit League Outdoor Track & Field Championships. The Thunderbirds had already captured cross country and indoor track & field titles this season, but finished behind North Dakota State (216) and South Dakota (113.5) in their final Summit League championship.
Southern Utah athletes captured five individual titles, including a pair from Cameron Levins and Preston Myers, with Levins earning men's track MVP honors.
Levins stood atop the podium in the men's 1,500- and 5,000-meter races with first-place times of 3:53.13 and 14:43.01, respectively. The senior narrowly missed out on his fourth individual title of the championships in the men's 800 meters, finishing third with a time of 1:51.39. Levins was joined in the top five of the men's 5K by teammates Clinton Rhoton (14:51.77) and Ryan Barrus (14:54.42) who finished third and fourth, respectively.
Myers captured his titles in the men's 100- and 200-meter races, besting his nearest competitor by two-tenths of a second and recording season-best times in each race with first-place finishes of 10.56 and 21.30, respectively.
Southern Utah's final title of the day came in the men's triple jump as Alex Anderson leaped 48-05.25 for the gold medal.
The women's team earned a bronze medal finish. The Thunderbirds finished behind North Dakota State (193) and South Dakota (164), but concluded the final day of competition with two more individual titles to bring that total to five for the three day weekend.
Kayla Kovar picked up her third individual title of the championship, taking the women's discus with a toss of 164-10. Kovar swept each of the throwing events during the championships with the exception of the javelin, earning the sophomore women's field MVP honors.
Diana Medina-Mitchell also picked up her second individual title of the weekend with a first-place finish in the women's 5,000 meters, crossing the finish line in 16:52.05. She was joined in the top five by a pair of teammates as Jamie Smith finished just behind her in second place with a time of 17:01.28 and Sylvia Bedford finished fifth with a time of 17:18.49.
The Thunderbird women also recorded four scoring finishes in the 1,500 meters with Danielle West leading the way with a third-place finish of 4:29.83. Smith was right at her heels in fourth place with a time of 4:30.03 and Kaylee Coates (4:32.27) and Medina-Mitchell (4:32.58) wrapped up the scoring finishes in seventh and eighth place, respectively. Coates later returned in the women's 800 meters and finished fifth with a time of 2:21.66.
Jasmine Mullins had a second-place finish in the women's 100-meter hurdles, crossing the finish line in 14.01.
At Bozeman, Mont., the Wildcats ended up in third place with 100 points at the Big Sky championships. Northern Arizona ran away with the meet, rolling up 221 points. Host Montana State was second with 164.
On Saturday, the 'Cats had three individual career bests, two of them which made the WSU all-time top 10 list, and a solid showing in both relays.
Tyler McBee led the way, winning the 400-meter intermediate hurdles in a season-best time of 51.90, and had a second-place finish in the 110-meter hurdles in a career-best time of 14.7, which ties him for the fifth best time in WSU men's outdoor track and field history. He also ran on both relay teams which finished second, earning him all-Conference honors in four different events.
Chris Struckman earned all-Conference honors with a third-place finish in the 100-meter dash. Struckman's time of 10.61 ties him with Jody Marshall for the sixth fastest time in WSU men's history. He also earned all-Conference honors on the 4x100-meter relay team, which finished second in 40.93.
Mike Hardy earned all-Conference honors in the 1,500-meter run with a third-place finish time of 3:54.23.
Zach Parry finished his career with a third-place finish in the hammer throw, earning all-Conference honors, with a toss of 187-07.00.
The 4x400-meter relay team of Christian Barbiero, Dustin Durfee, McBee and Matt White, ran the fifth-best time in WSU men's outdoor track and field history with in a time of 3:10.36. Barbiero, Durfee and White each earned all-Conference honors. Barbiero, White, McBee and Struckman posted a season-best time of 40.93, finishing second and earning all-Conference honors.
In the women's 4x100-meter relay, senior Kristin Billings suffered a hamstring injury after taking the first baton handoff. The team did not finish. Billings, one of the top 100- and 200-meter runners in the Big Sky, was set to run in the finals of both events. She was also a part of the 4x400-meter relay team as well.
The Wildcats finished fourth with 97 points. Sacramento State won its fifth straight outdoor title with 173 points. Montana State was second with 121.50, and Northern Arizona third with 107.
Amber Henry was named the women's outstanding meet performer. She set meet records and stadium records, winning the 1,500-meter run (4:22.26).
Sarah Callister put her name in the Big Sky Conference record books, becoming the first women's athlete in Big Sky Conference history to win both the 10,000-meter run and 5,000-meter run three straight years. She won the 5,000-meter run in 17:01.35.
The only other Wildcat to earn all-Conference honors on the women's side was junior Laken Hintze. She finished third in the 1,500 meters in a time of 4:27.99.
At Humble, Texas, the Wolverines' men's and women's outdoor track & field teams brought home their fourth consecutive Great West Conference titles.
The women's team ran away with the meet as it finished almost 150 points ahead of second-place North Dakota with 292.5 points. UND placed second with 146, followed by Houston Baptist (131), Texas-Pan American (114), Seattle (49), Cal State Bakersfield (27), NJIT (21.5) and Chicago State (16).
The men's team won its title by finishing 40 points ahead of second-place Houston Baptist with 185.5 points. HBU posted 145 points for second place and was followed by UND (126), Seattle (87), CSUB (85), UTPA (83), NJIT (56) and CSU (41.5).
McKell Camp-Nielson brought home Female Performance of the Meet accolades after she won the javelin by setting a new school record and moving up to 14th in the nation (collegiately) and 24th in the U.S. overall with a throw of 166-11. Coach Scott Houle was also named both the men's and women's GWC Coach of the Year once again, as well. Top Zandrea Nelson won both the 200-meter dash (24.21) and the 400 (54.97), Shelise Walker won the 800 meters (2:11.56) and placed third in the 1,500 meters (4:32.48), and Aleina Eisenhauer-Winger as she won the 5,000 (17:26.13) and placed second in both the 800 meters (2:12..83) and 1,500 meters (4:29.33).
Ivie Gonsalves brought home another title for UVU in the women's 3,000-meter steeplechase with a time of 11:07.94, while teammate Jessica Wilding placed third (11:29.88). The Wolverine women also placed second in both the 4x100- and the 4x400-meter relays with times of 46.86 and 3:47.27 respectively.
Autumn Robertson led Utah Valley in both the high jump and long jump as she tied for first in the high jump (5-03) and took third in the long jump (17-09.50). Maryn Pincock also won both the discus (159-02) and the shot put (45.10) as she was UVU's top thrower at the meet.Comment on this story
On the men's side, Nicholas Taylor led UVU in the sprints as he placed second in both the 100 meters (10.47) and 200 meters (21.22), while Cliff Nielson led the Wolverines in the distance events by winning the 5,000 meters (15:18.86) and placing second in the 1,500 meters (3:53.22). Tim Rowberry also finished in third place in both the 800 meters (1:53.70) and the 1,500 meters (3:54.46).
In the hurdles, Drew Clarke took second in the 400 meters (54.77) and fourth in the 110 meters (15.12), while Chris Dorton led UVU in the 3,000-meter steeplechase by placing third (9:50:67).
Ty Rosser placed second for the Wolverines in the high jump (6-04.75) and Rusty Jones came in third by jumping just two inches less than Rosser (6-02.75).
Mark Jones led the UVU men in the throwing events as he placed third in the javelin (183-04) and fourth in the shot put (50-07.25).