College roundup: BYU's Waite sets school record in 800-meter run

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Published: Saturday, Feb. 9 2013 11:35 p.m. MST

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PROVO — BYU senior Ryan Waite set a new school record in the 800-meter run with a time of 1:48.49 at the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash. Waite won his heat and took sixth overall in the championship division of the 800 meters.

"Waite set a new school record, which was the highlight of the day for us," distance coach Ed Eyestone said. "David Graham and Jason Witt also ran well for us today in our last real regular season meet."

Graham won the 800-meter college division with a time of 1:50.11, his season-best. In the men's mile, Witt took 10th place, finishing in 4:05.59, the third-best mark by a Cougar this year. Cade Lindahl took fourth overall in the 400-meter dash with a time of 48.38.

BYU's Victor Weirich set a season-high mark in the pole vault Saturday at the Air Force Team Challenge in Colorado Springs, Colo. Weirich cleared 18 feet, 2 inches, which ties him for the third-best mark in the nation this year.

"Victor was unbelievable today," BYU head coach Mark Robison said. "He's finally healthy and ready to roll. He has one of the best heights in the nation now, so that's great."

BYU SOFTBALL: At St. George, BYU softball's seventh-inning rally wasn't enough as it fell to No. 6 University of Tennessee 6-3 at the Canyons Complex.

Seven BYU (1-3) players had hits in the game and JC Clayton and Lacey Millett had RBIs for the Cougars. BYU allowed Tennessee (5-0) to score six runs in the first five innings and then held the Volunteers scoreless before rallying in the seventh to score three runs.

Madisen Robb started the bottom of the seventh inning with a single to right field and Alexandra Hudson Shamo followed with a walk to force Tennessee to take a pitching change and bring in Ivy Renfroe in relief of her younger sister, Ellen. Ashlee Brawley Robinson stepped up to the plate and drew the walk to load the bases for BYU and then Robb scored BYU's first run on a wild pitch. Ellen then re-entered the game to pitch and recorded Tennessee's first out on a liner back to the mound. BYU scored two more runs on RBIs from Clayton and Millett, but wasn't able to bring in anymore in the 6-3 loss.

UTAH TRACK AND FIELD: At Seattle, finishing up action on the final day of the Husky Classic, the University of Utah women's track and field team displayed some great effort and set several new personal records. Capturing the spotlight for the Utes was senior Amanda Mergaert's record-setting performance in the mile.

Mergaert competed in the invitational mile for the Utes. In section two, the fifth through seventh spots came down to the wire. In the end, Mergaert finished seventh in 4:35.35. She was seventh in her heat and eighth overall.

UTAH SOFTBALL: At St. George, junior center fielder Chalese Fankhauser went 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI, but the University of Utah softball team dropped a 6-3 decision to Seattle in its third game of the Red Desert Classic on Saturday at the Canyons Complex.

Utah (2-1) was led by Fankhauser, who hit her second double of the season and the eighth of her career to go with her third career triple, her first this season.

BYU RUGBY: At Las Vegas, the Cougars notched 8 tries in their 44-5 victory over Texas A&M at the Las Vegas Invitational.

BYU newcomer prop Kody Thompson started the scoring in the third minute after a quick series of phases from a BYU counter attack.

"Texas A&M is a solid team," said BYU captain Ryan Roundy, "We wanted to try and put them under some pressure, but it sort of came back to bite us a bit early on."

The Cougars would get back to their try-scoring ways with wing Will Taylor, freshman scrum half Luke Mocke and All American center Seki Kofe carrying the BYU score sheet.

With two conversions from freshman fly half Jonny Linehan, BYU led at the break 24-0.

BYU MEN'S TENNIS: At Provo, in a match that came down to the wire, the BYU men's tennis team upset the No. 37-ranked Santa Clara Broncos 4-3 on Saturday in front of a large crowd at the BYU Indoor Tennis Courts.

The win against Santa Clara (4-3, 0-1 West Coast Conference) marks the first BYU (7-2, 1-0 WCC) victory over a conference opponent this season and the third over a ranked team.

"It was a good match for us, Santa Clara is a good team," BYU head coach Brad Pearce said. "It was a good win not only because we beat a conference opponent, but a highly ranked conference opponent that has great wins over good programs already this year."

With the score tied at 3-3, BYU freshman Andrey Goryachkov earned a standing ovation as he defeated Eugene Muchynski 6-4, 7-5 in a closely contested match to give BYU the 4-3 edge.

Junior Patrick Kawka, who was recently named the WCC Player of the Month for January, upset No. 65 John Lamble 7-6(0), 6-3 on Court 1.

Sophomore Keaton Cullimore finished first as he quickly topped Tom Pham 6-3, 6-1 on Court 4. Francis Sargeant, who was the third to finish, also won in straight sets 6-4, 6-1, to give BYU a 3-1 advantage.

UTAH VALLEY SOFTBALL: At St. George, Tiffany Mills pitched a complete-game five-hitter for Utah Valley on Saturday and Dynasty Lauvai added a two-run homer as the Wolverines (3-1) defeated Oklahoma State, 3-1, at the Red Desert Classic.

The win marked UVU's first-ever triumph over Oklahoma State (2-2) of the Big 12 Conference in two tries. Prior to the game against the Cowgirls, the Wolverines fell to Idaho State, 11-3, in six innings.

UTAH STATE SOFTBALL: At St. George, the Aggies continued their play in the Red Desert Classic on Saturday, as they faced Loyola Marymount and Southern Utah. LMU standout starting pitcher Dana Waldusky put together a one-hit outing to corral the USU offense as the Lions went on to defeat the Aggies, 3-0. Utah State could not rebound against in-state rival Southern Utah, as the Thunderbirds defeated USU, 4-1.

The Aggies put together six hits in their outing against the Thunderbirds.

UTAH SKIING: At Midway, senior Miles Havlick earned his fourth consecutive victory, Einar Ulsund placed third and the University of Utah ski team improved to second place after the 15/20-kilometer freestyle races of the Utah Invitational on Saturday at Soldier Hollow.

The Utes finished in the runner-up position in the overall team standings with a total of 845 points. Utah finished behind only invitational champion Colorado. Utah led all teams in the men's 20K freestyle with 131 points, while the Utes were third in the women's 15K freestyle with 90 points. Ulsund joined Havlick on the podium in third place for the second consecutive competition for his seventh top-three effort of the year. The Trondheim, Norway native has finished fourth or better in all eight of Utah's races this season.

Freshman Niklas Persson came in in sixth place to tie for his best finish of the year. The Falun, Sweden native also took sixth in the 15 kilomter Classical race at the Denver Invitational on Jan. 20.

Utah's freshman duo completed the team's effort on the day, as Noe Bellet followed in 21st place and Tucker McCrerey was close behind in 23rd.

UTAH STATE TRACK AND FIELD: At Nampa, Idaho, Utah State's men's and women's track and field teams won three events as part of 16 top-six finishes at the Boise State Team Challenge in Nampa, Idaho on Saturday. Also, a handful of long-distance runners also competed for USU at the Husky Classic in Seattle, Wash.

Winning their event for the Aggie women at the Jacksons Indoor Track in Nampa was sophomore Brittany Bushman with a personal-best time of 5:10.38 in the mile race, along with fellow sophomore Jodi Williams, who tied her career-best height of 5 feet, 83/4 inches to win her third-straight high jump event title.

Junior Jacob Bautista Jr. represented the Utah State men at the top of the podium in the 60-meter dash with a personal-best time of 7.10 to win his first event since transferring to USU from Sacramento City College. Bautista Jr. also tabbed a third-place finish in the 200 meters with a career-best time of 22.50.

Freshman Tylee Newman led Utah State at the Husky Classic in Seattle by winning her heat in the women's mile race and placing second overall with the third-fastest time in school history (4:47.97). The time is also the second-best time in the event in the Western Athletic Conference this season.

Placing third for the Utah State men was sophomore Chris Martinez in the 3,000-meter race (8:41.87).

WEBER STATE SOFTBALL: At St. George, the Wildcats took a step forward offensively on Saturday afternoon, but made a few costly mistakes that denied them a chance for their first win of the year. Weber State fell 13-7 to Nevada in a back-and-forth game before dropping a tough 10-2 setback to Arkansas in the second game of the day.

UTAH STATE WOMEN'S SOCCER: Head soccer coach Heather Cairns announced Saturday that eight players have signed with Utah State for the 2013 season.

The Aggies have signed five players from the Beehive State, including midfielder forward Jessica Brooksby (Sky View High), defender Karlee Campbell (Mountain Crest High), midfielders Lauren Harmon (Skyline High), goalkeeper McKayla Johnstone (Jordan High) and midfielder Jayne Robison (Layton High).

Utah State also added Mikayla Howes (Sherwood High, Ore.), Ann Marie Lee (/Pacifica High, Calif.) and Shyani Terukina (Mililani High, Hawaii).

SOUTHERN UTAH WOMEN'S SOCCER: The Thunderbirds announced their 2013 recruiting class on Thursday. The incoming class at SUU includes NLI signees Lindsey Butts of Sandy; Alyssa Gomez of Las Vegas; Shelby Green of Layton; Logan Harker of Syracause; Elyssa Hashimoto of Draper; Katie Jones of Taylorsville; Kaitlin Parkin of Salt Lake City; Annabelle Schwab of Layton; Jahna Tacson of Waipahu, Hawaii, and Chandler Yost of Pocatello, Idaho. The Thunderbirds will also add Kelsee Bone of Clearfield; Breanna Brown of Redding, Calif., and Aurora Moberly of Highland, who have all been accepted to the university and will join the team for the upcoming season.

SOUTHERN UTAH SOFTBALL: At St. George, the Thunderbirds (1-4) closed out their season-opening showing at the Red Desert Classic with a 4-1 victory over Utah State (0-4) after dropping the first game of the day to Seattle (2-1) by a score of 6-4.

Danielle Axe (1-1) went the distance for the T-Birds without allowing an earned run to pick up her first win of the year while also delivering SUU its first triumph of the young season.

SALT LAKE COMMUNITY COLLEGE SOFTBALL: At St. George, the No. 1-ranked Bruins (14-3, 8-0 SWAC) completed a four-game sweep of Scenic West Athletic Conference (SWAC) opponent North Idaho College (NIC) (3-8, 0-4 SWAC) by picking up a pair of wins over the Cardinals on Saturday. The Bruins defeated NIC 7-0 in Game 1 and eased to a 13-2 victory in Game 2.

SLCC sophomore pitcher MaCauley Flint picked up her fifth win of the year, allowing just two Cardinal hits in Game 1. Sophomore infielder Maddy Woodard went 2-for-4 at the plate with two RBIs in the winning effort.

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