LOS ANGELES — The University of Utah golf team wrapped up the Pac-12 Conference Championship at the Los Angeles Country Club Wednesday. The Utes posted a final team score of 1513 (358-371-393-391) to finish 12th.
Sophomore Brandon Kida finished tied for 45th with a four-round total of 300 (72-74-76-78). Junior Daniel Engle registered a 302 (67-74-80-81) and junior Benjamin Bankhead logged a 304 (76-72-77-79).
UTAH STATE GOLF: At Henderson, Nev., Utah State's Tanner Higham carded a 6-over 78 during his final round Wednesday to finish tied for 11th-place with a 9-over 225 (73-74-78) at the 2013 Club Glove Western Athletic Conference men's golf championship held here at the Rio Secco Golf Club.
New Mexico State won the team championship with a 23-over 887 (286-298-303), while Utah State was sixth with its 51-over 915 (292-312-311).
UTAH VALLEY GOLF: At San Antonio, for the second year in a row, Utah Valley University golfer Mason Casper has been named the America Sky Conference Golfer of the Year.
The 2013 award came shortly after Casper tie for fifth at the ACS Championships Wednesday at The Dominion Country Club.
Casper shot rounds of 74-71-71 to finish the tournament at even-par.
Houston Baptist finished at +7 to win the tournament, while Southern Utah was +10 and UVU was +11.
UVU SOFTBALL: At Pocatello, senior Tiffany Mills kept one of the NCAA's most potent offenses off the board and junior Debra Lovell went 3-for-4 with an RBI as Utah Valley University topped Idaho State 3-0 Wednesday at Miller Ranch Stadium.
BYU TRACK: At Ogden, Dakoda John led the No. 23 Cougars at the Weber State Twilight Invitational by winning the mens high jump event with a mark of 6-10.75. In the pole vault, Tyler Brown took first place and submitted a personal-record mark of 16-06.00. Jameson Shirley finished second, clearing 16-00.00, and Kyle Brown took fourth place with a mark of 15-00.25.
The long jumpers faced a challenge, jumping into the wind, but sophomore Jonathan Ferguson still jumped a distance of 22-03.00, which was good for second place. Scott Matheson took fifth place overall with a mark of 21-01.50.
Dennis Christensen finished in second place in the shot put competition. His best throw of 54-00.50 came on his fourth attempt.
BYU had the top two finishers in the discus throw, with Winston Wilkinson and Jacob Foutz claiming first and second place, respectively. Winston had a mark of 163-00.00 while Foutz threw 160-04.00. Senior Clinton Prestwich took seventh place with a throw of 146-03.00. Foutz also threw the hammer on Wednesday, taking fourth place with a personal record throw of 165-03.00.
On the track, Benjamin Meyer took sixth place in the 100-meter dash, finishing in 11.54. Bejon Bryant took eighth with a time of 11.66 and Jason Hinds came in ninth place with a time of 12.06. Bryant also came in third in the 110-meter hurdles with a time of 15.17.
In the 400-meter dash, Jacob Arslanian had the top time for the Cougars, taking fourth place overall with a time of 50.22. Sophomore Tyrell Yardley came in fifth place, just behind Arslanian, with a time of 50.47.
Justin Hedin and Brad Nye took third and fourth place overall, respectively, in the 800-meter run. Hedin was able to finish third even after a rough start. Hedin finished in 1:53.07 and Nye finished in 1:53.44.
In the 1,500-meter run, Ryan Jones finished in second place with a time of 3:51.72. Jared Rohatinsky and Jason Witt took third and fourth place, respectively, with times of 3:52.50 and 3:53.21.
The Cougars struggled in the 4x100-meter relay and the 3,000-meter steeplechase. BYU took third place in the 4x100, finishing in 42.13. In the steeplechase, Jacob Cosby finished second out of two runners with a time of 10:01.17.
For the women, seven additional athletes qualified for the Eastern College Athletic Conference Championships at the Weber State Twilight Invitational on Wednesday.
The first qualifying marks came from Kelli Ehardt and Amy Moffat in the pole vault. Ehardt and Moffat finished first and second overall with mark of 3.72 meters (12-02.50). Both marks are season outdoor bests for each vaulter.
In the 1,500 meters, Laura Young qualified with another personal best. She finished second overall with a time of 4:34.58.
Melissa Merrill had a career best mark in the high jump. On her second to last jump she cleared 1.70m to finish fifth overall. On her last jump she attempted 1.75m and nearly cleared the bar but bumped the bar on the way down, knocking it off the rack.
Deezbaa Whaley, who had previous qualified for the conference championships in the hammer throw, qualified for the discus despite a strong tailwind affecting her throws. Whaley finished second overall with a throw of 46.91m (153-11.00). Abby Aguiar Fuller placed third overall with a mark of 43.66m (143-03.00).
Meaghan Heffelfinger also qualified for the conference meet in the hammer throw. In order to qualify, she needed a mark of 51.00m or greater. On her first throw she threw 45.54m and steadily progressed toward the standard throughout the meet. On her last throw, she passed the standard by .05m, placing fourth overall with a mark of 51.05m (167-06.00).
In the shot put, Sharrisa Thayer set a personal best on her last throw and qualified for the conference meet. She finished third overall with a throw of 13.97m (45-10.00). She also now sits 10th on the BYU all-time outdoor record board in the shot put.
Nicole Rudd Bringhurst finished first in the 400 meters with a time of 56.49, Candace Eddy Carlisle placed first in the 800 meters in 2:11.71, and Elizabeth Wilson finished first in the triple jump with a mark 11.67m (38-03.50).
WEBER STATE TRACK: At Ogden, the Weber State men's and women's track and field teams prepped for the looming Big Sky Conference Meet by hosting the Weber State Twilight Invitational on Wednesday night. Both teams fared well in the meet, picking up a total of eight new qualifiers between the two teams.
The men's team added four qualifiers, three of which qualified for the first time.
John Coyle was the lone qualifier who had already qualified in another event. Coyle qualified for the Big Sky meet in his second event with a 3:51.49 time in the 1,500-meter run. Right behind him was teammate Brett Lechtenberg who also qualified in the event. Lechtenberg turned in a time of 3:57.22 to earn a trip to Portland.
Tyler Robinson qualified for the conference meet with a 9:31.75 time in the 3,000-meter steeplechase. Robinson ran 17 seconds faster than he did at BYU last week to earn his spot in the Big Sky meet.
Justin Watts was the final men's qualifier. Watts won the javelin throw with a mark of 190-07, beating his personal record by 12 feet and qualifying in the event.
Ethan Anderson qualified in the hammer throw a week ago at BYU, but improved upon that mark with a 174-10 throw on Wednesday night.
Teammate Derek Harrebomee set a new personal record by nine feet in the hammer throw with a breakout mark of 197-08. That mark qualifies him to compete in the first round of the NCAA championship. It also puts him in fourth place on the all-time Weber State list.
For the women, Kami Shupe qualified in the long jump with a mark of 18-04.50. Shupe beat out teammates Katy Hufford and Regina Okoye to win the event. Those three Wildcats finished 1-2-3 in the event.
Desirae Cruse and Ashley Bartlett both qualified in the high jump, each reaching the 5-05.00 mark.
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Alice Keller qualified in the 1,500-meter run with a time of 4:42.30.
UVU TRACK: At Naperville, Ill., Utah Valley's Megan Burr has been named the women's Great West Conference Track & Field Athlete of the Week. The final weekly awards of the 2013 season were announced Wednesday by the conference office.
Burr posted top-three finishes in the 100 hurdles, 100 meters and 200 meters at the BYU Robison Invitational. The senior from Las Vegas, Nev., won the 100 hurdles with a time of 14.36 seconds, and placed third in the 100 meters (12.08) and the 200 meters 24.49.