UVU track: Wolverines tune up for WAC Championships at Weber State this week

By James Warnick

For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 18 2014 5:29 p.m. MST

Just days removed from an outstanding performance at Boise State over the weekend, the Utah Valley University track and field teams head to Weber State for their final regular season meets of the indoor campaign this week. The Wildcat Open will take place Wednesday and Saturday in Ogden.

The few throwing events will open the meet on Wednesday at the Golden Spike Arena. The men's weight throw and women's shot put will take place at 2 p.m., while the men's shot put and women's weight throw will follow at 3:15. On Saturday, the meet will then move to the Swenson Multi-Purpose Building at WSU and action will begin at 9 a.m. with the men's pole vault. The running events will then start at 2 p.m. with the women's 55-meter hurdles and close at 4 with running of the men's 5000-meters.

Utah Valley is coming off a solid meet at the Boise State Team Challenge over the weekend where the Wolverines' managed to break four school records Saturday. Junior Ivie Gonsalves and senior Brooke Hodson-Davies led the women by setting new school marks in the 3000-meter run, while sophomore Cole Eisenhour and freshman Ryle Williams led the men as Eisenhour eclipsed his previous record in the 60m hurdles and Williams set a new school mark in the high jump.

Three of the four UVU track and field athletes won their respective events, as Gonsalves took the 3000 in a time of 9:49.82, Eisenhour won the 60m hurdles with 8.13 and Williams finished first in the high jump by clearing 2.10m. Eisenhour and Williams' marks are both also good enough to lead the WAC in their respective events, while Gonzalves and Hodson-Davies' times in the 3000 ranks them third and fifth, respectively, in the conference.

Junior Michael McPherson also had a solid meet at Boise State last weekend as he won the 200m dash (21.89), as well as placed second in the long jump (6.67m). Sophomore distance runner Josh Monsen too continued his winning ways by taking home the 800m title in a time of 1:53.82. The men's team also got solid showings from sophomores Trevor Sharp and Jason Lynch as they finished second and third, respectively, in the 1-mile with times of 4:21.73 and 4:22.41. Freshman Brandon Smart took second in the 200 (22.01) and third in the 60 (7.08). Lynch also finished third at the meet in the 3000m (8:44.51).

Senior Autumn Robertson had a strong showing for the women's team by taking second in the high jump (1.60m), while the relay team of Corrie Lamoreaux, Samantha Reeves, Wendy Peterson and Sam Sweet finished in third place in the 4x400m relay (3:53.11).

McPherson leads the team nationally as he enters the week ranked 17th in the country in the heptathlon (5,432 points) and 48th in the long jump (7.40m).

Following the meet, the Wolverines will head to Moscow, Idaho, for their first-ever WAC Indoor Championships that will run Feb. 26-28 at Idaho's Kibbie Dome.

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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