NAMPA, Idaho - The Utah Valley University men's and women's indoor track teams opened the season one month earlier than they normal on Friday and Saturday, but the early start didn't seem to affect the teams.
"We've never raced this early," UVU track and field coach Scott Houle said. "Right now, we are running faster than we were in January (of last season) and it's a good sign to how our kids are running, throwing and jumping this early in the year."
Leading the pack for the Wolverines were Allah Laryea-Akrong, Nicholas Taylor and freshman Darian Sharp.
Laryea-Akrong won the 60m open at 6.80 seconds and the 60-meter dash at 6.78, and placed second in the 200m at 21.77. Taylor placed third in the 60m open (6.96), fifth in the 60m dash (6.95) and third in the 200m (21.82).
Sharp won the women's 5000m (17:49.51), while Angie Blackham (18:03.52); Jessica Wilding (18:42.21) and Bridget Hazel (18:54.86) placed third, fourth and fifth, respectively.
Mikesell Clegg placed third in the women's mile (5:26.20) and seventh in the 3000m (10:59.72), while Harley Murray placed fourth in the 3000m (10:53.10).
Lexi Esplin placed second in the pentathlon (3,328) and Jessica Lingwall placed third (3,145), while competing unattached Michael McPherson won the heptathlon (5,180) and Stephen Wickhamshire was third (4.406).
Competing unattached, Cliff Nielson won the mile (4:12.28) and the 5000m (14:50.35). Also in the 5000m, Macy Butterfield placed second (15:19.68).
Also running unattached, Chris Brower won the 3000m (8:53.27) and Seth Gutzwiller was fourth (8:57.65). In the same event, Brenden Emery was second (8:55.44) and Kevin Chamberlain was third (8:55.94).
In the women's 3000m, Ally Deeter, competing unattached, was third I10:51.24).
Cole Eisenhauer was third in the 60m open hurdles (8.78) and fourth in the 60m hurdles (8.66).
In other notable performances: Taylor Gomez (6th, 800m, 2:22.87); Shaelee Sweatfield (7th, 800m, 2:23.19); Mackenzie Snyder (6th, 3000m, 10:58.11); Mackenzie Roberts (9th, 3000m, 11:08.22); Krissy Knowles (8th, 60m hurdles, 9.34); Gately Garrett (10th, 60m hurdles, 9.55); Ali Shields (8th, triple jump, 36 feet, 2 1/4 inches); Chelsey Steglemeier (10th, weight throw, 42-04.25); Mykah Heaton (7th, pentathlon, 2,434); Jaxon Hansen (4th, 800m, 1:56.68); Chris Claflin (6th, 3000m, 9:12.27); Ty Rosser (T4th, high jump, 6-0 3/4); Marcus Pratt (T4, pole vault invitational, 13-11 1/4; 2nd, pole vault open, 14-01 1/4).
The Wolverines are back in action Jan. 10-12 at BYU.
Jay Hinton is a sports information assistant at Utah Valley University.
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