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UVU track: McPherson to compete at U.S. Indoor Championships this weekend

By James Warnick

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, Feb. 20 2014 7:23 p.m. MST

Junior heptathlete Michael McPherson runs at a previous event. He will represent Utah Valley at the 2014 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Albuquerque, N.M.

Shane Truskolaski, UVU Athletics

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Junior heptathlete Michael McPherson will represent Utah Valley University at the 2014 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships in Albuquerque, N.M., this weekend. McPherson will be one of eight competitors to take part in the heptathlon that will run Friday and Saturday at the Albuquerque Convention Center.

The men's heptathlon will begin Friday at noon MT with the running of the 60-meter dash. The seven-event affair will then close Saturday with the 1000-meter run at 1:45 p.m.

Live results for the entire meet can be followed at USATF's website, while live video will be available Saturday by visiting USATF's TV site.

McPherson will be Utah Valley's first-ever student-athlete to compete at the USA Indoor Track and Field Championships. The native of Parker, Colo., leads the WAC in the heptathlon this season as well as ranks 17th nationally after he put up 5,432 points at the BYU Invitational in early January.

The 2014 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships are the world's oldest indoor track and field championship, and this weekend will be the fourth time that it will be held in Albuquerque.

The 2014 USATF Indoor Championships will serve as the selection meet for the 2014 IAAF World Indoor Championships that will be held in Sopot, Poland, on March 7-9.

Although McPherson will be the lone Wolverine competing at the USATF Indoor Championships this weekend, he won't be the only UVU athlete in action as the men's and women's track and field teams will be taking part at Weber State's Wildcat Open on Wednesday and Saturday. The Wildcat Open will mark the final tune-up for the Wolverines prior to next week's WAC Indoor Championships that will run Feb. 26-28 at the Kibbie Dome in Moscow, Idaho.

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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