UVU track: Wolverines shine at BYU Invite

By James Warnick

For the Deseret News

Published: Sunday, Jan. 12 2014 12:05 a.m. MST

Utah Valley University's track and field teams excelled at the BYU Invitational this weekend as they shattered six school records.

"We had a great meet this weekend," UVU track and field coach Scott Houle said. "Having an indoor meet here in Provo gives us an opportunity to have all our track and field athletes compete. That is great for us as it helps us build our teams that travel."

Junior Michael McPherson, who broke the school's long jump record Friday with a leap of 24-03.25 (7.40m), continued his stellar meet as he set a new program record in the men's heptathlon Saturday with 5,432 points. McPherson's school record in the heptathlon was good enough for second place at the meet as he finished just 57 points back of first-place Chase Dalton from BYU. The Wolverine junior won four of the seven total events in the heptathlon to set a new top mark for UVU in the event.

Sophomore Cole Eisenhour was another Wolverine to set a new school record as he broke the 60-meter hurdles for the second consecutive meet on the season with a time of 8.15 seconds. Eisenhour's 8.15 in the race was seven one-hundredths of a second faster than his previous record and also fast enough to win the event.

Freshman Lauren Hicks shattered the school record in the women's triple jump on the day, as she took second in the event with a leap of 37-07.50 (11.47m). Her stellar performance in the triple jump passed senior Ali Shields' previous school mark by three inches.

The other two records the Wolverines set at the Smith Fieldhouse on Saturday came in the men's and women's 500m. Freshman Kyler Sprague set the new best time in the race on the men's side with 1:09.12, while Sam Sweet did the honors for the women with 1:16.47. Sweet's record-breaking time was good enough for a third-place finish while Sprague's earned him fourth.

Besides Eisenhour's victory in the 60m hurdles, freshman Brandon Smart also took home the title in the men's 300m (35.11), as did sophomore Aisha Graham in the women's 800m (2:23.57) and senior Brooke Hodson-Davies in the women's 3000m (10:14.15). Hodson-Davies cruised to victory in the 3000m, as she finished 48 seconds ahead of her next closest competitor.

Utah Valley also had solid performances Saturday from freshman Preston Richardson (2nd, 60m, 6.97), freshman Samantha Reeves (3rd, 60m, 7.87), Eisenhour (3rd, 300m, 36.17), sophomore Josh Monsen (2nd, 800m, 1:56.42), sophomore Shaelee Sweatfield (2nd, 800m, 2:24.49), junior Ivie Gonsalves (3rd, 3000m, 10:16.46) and Shields (3rd, triple jump, 35-09.50).

The Wolverines continue their indoor seasons at the Snake River Open in Pocatello, Idaho, next Saturday.

"We're looking forward to our next meet at Idaho State," Houle said. "It should be another great meet for us with teams from all around Utah and Idaho on hand."

James Warnick is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information about Wolverine athletics, visit www.WolverineGreen.com.