UVU track: Wolverines open indoor season with strong showing at Boise State
Utah Valley University's men's and women's track and field teams had a solid opening-season indoor meet Friday at Boise State's Jacksons Open and Multis as the Wolverines won seven events and posted 27 top-three finishes. UVU also set three new school records at the one-day meet that was held at the Jacksons Indoor Track in Nampa, Idaho.
Senior Ali Shields and junior Nicholas Taylor led the way as they won two events apiece at the meet. Shields not only won 60-meter hurdles (9.17 seconds) and the triple jump (11.39m), but her leap of 37-04.50 in the triple was good enough to shatter the UVU record in the event. The sprinter Taylor also had an impressive meet as he won the 60 and 200m dashes with respective times of 6.89 and 21.47.
"It was a very good early season meet for us. I was proud of the kids and how they competed today," UVU head coach Scott Houle said. "I was especially pleased with Ali Shields, Lauren Hicks and Cole Eisenhour's performances and how they were all able to set new school records."
Sophomore Cole Eisenhour was another Wolverine to break a school record on the day as he won the 60m hurdles in a blazing time of 8.22 seconds. The other record came from true freshman Lauren Hicks, who set the triple jump school record in her first collegiate meet with 11.20m before Shields set it again with her impressive leap of 11.39m. Hicks' jump of 36-09.00 was good enough for second place in the triple jump.
Senior Autumn Robertson also had a big day for the women's team as she won the high jump by clearing 5-03.00, while the tandem of Eisenhour, Taylor, sophomore Jacob Peterson and freshman Brandon Smart took home the 4x400m relay on the men's side with a time of 3.22.90.
True freshman Sydney Bricker opened her collegiate career by taking second in the 60 and 200m dashes with respective times of 7.89 and 25.83. Sophomore Sam Sweet and freshman Corrie Lamoreaux finished two, three in the 400m dash with respective times of 58.90 and 59.66, while sophomore Gately Garnett (2:29.38) and freshman Jessica Brantley (2:31.29) went two, three in the 800m run. Garnett also posted a third-place finish in the 60m hurdles (9.30).
Freshman Emma Graves' leap of 05-01.00 in the high jump was good enough for third place, while junior Lindsey Bryant and sophomore Joni Warnick finished three, four in the pole vault with identical marks of 10-06.00. Sophomore Ashli Schulz also had a big opening-season meet by taking second in the women's pentathlon with 3,196 points. Of the five total events, Schulz placed third in three of them and second in one of them.
Other notable performances on the men's side included sophomore Scott Moake and freshman Ryle Williams, who took second and third, respectively, in the high jump with identical jumps of 6-08.75; sophomore Levi Ball placed third in the pole vault (14-05.25), fellow sophomore Presten Beatty took third in the long jump (21-01.25), freshman Kyler Sprague placed third in the 60m hurdles (8.81), Peterson finished in third in the 800m (1:56.79) and Smart tied for second in the 200m (22.38). Sophomore Chandler Rieske also had a solid meet, as he took third in the men's pentathlon with 3,126 points.
The Wolverines will now be off until next year when they'll take part at the BYU Invitational on Jan. 9-11.
James Warnick is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information about Wolverine athletics, visit www.WolverineGreen.com.