College roundup: Ute golfers finish in 12th place

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Published: Wednesday, May 1 2013 9:30 p.m. MDT

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.

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