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UVU track: Wolverines record six first-place finishes at Aztec Invite

By Jay Hinton

For the Deseret News

Published: Saturday, March 16 2013 10:30 p.m. MDT

SAN DIEGO - The Utah Valley University men's and women's track teams posted six first-place finishes, including two by thrower Maryn Pincock, at the 34th Annual Aztec Invitational Friday and Saturday.

Pincock won the shot put with a throw of 43 feet, 4.75 inches and the discus with a toss of 151-03.

It was Pincock's second first-place finish of the season in the shot after winning the UNLV Track Classic two weeks ago with a throw of 14.61 meters.

"She is becoming very consistent whereever we take her and she's always going to be in the mix," UVU track and field coach Scott Houle said. "It's fun to watch her. People know who UVU is because they know who she is."

In addition to Pincock's first-place finishes, Angie Blackham (5,000-meter open, 17 minutes, 41.85 seconds); McKell Camp-Nielson (javelin open, 143-09); Michael McPherson (decathlon, 6,474) and Brenden Emery (5,000 meter open, 15:08.56) also placed first.

Camp-Nielson also won the javelin at the UNLV Track Classic earlier this year with a throw of 46.98 meters.

"She's getting close to moving up in the rankings to qualify for the NCAAs in the javelin again," Houle said.

To go along with six top finishes, the Wolverines added 10 second-place finishes: Mikesell Clegg (1500 meter open, 4:55.06); Brooke Hodson-Davies (3000 steeplechase, 11:08.96); Krystal Harper (5000 meters open, 17:55.40); the men's and women's (47.40, Rebecca Brown-Renshaw, Megan Burr, Wendy Peterson, Natalie Young-Baker) 4 x 100 relay teams; Kelli Roach (javelin, 136-07); Camp-Nielson (javelin invitational, 158-02); Nicholas Taylor (200 meters open, 21.86); Blake Adams (400 meters, 48.68) and Kevin Chamberlain (5000 meters open, 15:30.96).

"The kids come out and get the opportunity to compete against teams like Texas, Texas Tech and UCLA, and now it's not an exciting thing. They expect to go out and race well and have confidence against them," Houle said. "This weekend was great and the competition was great. The kids are starting to perform really well."

Taylor also finished third in the 100 meter open (10.71).

In all, the Wolverines recorded 29 top 5 finishes.

UVU is back in action March 29 when it hosts the UVU Collegiate at the Hal Wing Track and Field.

Jay Hinton is a sports information assistant at Utah Valley University.

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