UVU track: McPherson named WAC Field Athlete of the Week for the second time

By James Warnick

For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, Feb. 25 2014 3:26 p.m. MST

Utah Valley University track and field athlete Michael McPherson has been named the Western Athletic Conference Men's Field Athlete of the Week for the second time on the season. The conference award was announced Tuesday by the league office.

McPherson, a junior from Parker, Colo. (Chaparral Parker HS), became the first-ever Wolverine to compete at the USA Track and Field Indoor Championships this past weekend as he took part in the heptathlon in Albuquerque, N.M. McPherson didn't disappoint, as he set two school records and four personal bests in the seven events, en route to his fifth-place finish in the heptathlon. McPherson set UVU records in the heptathlon, with 5,535 points, and the 1000-meter run, with a time of 2:43.15. His four personal-bests came in shot put (10.61m), 60m hurdles (8.25), pole vault (4.30m) and the 1000m run. He also won the 60m dash during the heptathlon with a time of 6.91 seconds.

McPherson leads the WAC in the heptathlon, and after his big outing in Albuquerque, now ranks 11th in the nation. He is also striving to become Utah Valley's first-ever competitor to participate at the NCAA Track and Field Indoor Championships in March.

Idaho's Andrew Bloom took home WAC Track Athlete of the Week honors after the senior from Walla Walla, Wash. (Walla Walla HS), competed Saturday at the WSU Open II for the Vandals and won the 400-meters with a time of 48.62. Bloom will be ranked second in the conference in the 400-meters going into the WAC Indoor Track and Field Championships this week.

Other track nominees: Daniel Prioleau of Kansas City and Matin Casse of Texas-Pan American.

Other field nominees: Kory Jackson of Chicago State, Arphaxad Carrol of Idaho and Blake Hocking of Kansas City.

McPherson and the UVU men's and women's track and field teams will be in action at the WAC Track and Field Indoor Championships this week at the University of Idaho. The three-day championship meet will run Wednesday through Friday at the Kibbie Dome.

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