HUMBLE, Texas — The Utah Valley University's men's and women's outdoor track and field teams each brought home their fourth consecutive Great West Conference titles Saturday at the 2012 GWC Championships in Humble, Texas. With the two championships, the Wolverine track and cross country teams brought home all six conference titles during the 2011-12 season.
"These two conference titles today gives us all six for the year (counting cross country and both indoor and outdoor track and field). That's a double, triple-crown, said UVU head coach Scott Houle. "I'm so proud of the kids because that is something that is very hard to do. What a job by our kids in achieving that."
The women's team ran away with the meet as they 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 and was followed by UND (126), Seattle (87), CSUB (85), UTPA (83), NJIT (56) and CSU (41.5).
"Event to event, I think we had the best team showing that we've ever had since we've been a part of the Great West," Houle added. "Despite hot and humid weather, our sprinters, jumpers, throwers and distance runners all had great performances this weekend."
McKell Camp-Nielson brought home the 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 (college and professional) with a throw of 166 feet 11 inches. Coach Houle was also named both the men's and women's GWC Coach of the Year once again as well. Other individual conference awards will be handed out after the NCAA Championships.
Top female performers on Saturday included Zandrea Nelson as she won both the 200-meter dash (24.21) and the 400 (54.97), Shelise Walker as she took the 800 (2:11.56) and placed third in the 1500 (4:32.48), and Aleina Eisenhauer Winger as she won the 5000 (17:26.13) and placed second in both the 800 (2:12.83) and 1500 (4:29.33). Ivie Gonsalves brought home another title for UVU in the women's 3000-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.
On the men's side, Nicholas Taylor led UVU in the sprints placing second in both the 100 (10.47) and 200 (21.22), while Cliff Nielson led the Wolverines in the distance events by winning the 5000 (15:18.86) and placing second in the 1500 (3:53.22). Tim Rowberry also finished in third place in both the 800 (1:53.70) and the 1500 (3:54.46).
Mark Jones led the UVU men in the throwing events placing third in the javelin (183-04) and fourth in the shot put (50-07.25).
The Wolverines now await the upcoming announcement of who made the NCAA Championships. The announcement is expected to come at the end of the week.
James Warnick is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information about Wolverine athletics, visit www.WolverineGreen.com
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