UVU track: Utah Valley wins 16 events, Williams breaks school record in high jump

By James Warnick

For the Deseret News

Published: Sunday, March 9 2014 10:40 a.m. MDT

UVU freshman Ryle Williams runs and prepares to clear the high jump bar.

Shane Truskolaski, UVU Athletics

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Freshman jumper Ryle Williams set a school record in the high jump, and the Utah Valley University track and field teams combined to win 16 events at the UNLV Track Classic on Friday and Saturday in Las Vegas. The meet marked UVU's first outdoor track meet of the 2014 season.

Williams not only broke the school record in the high jump with a leap of 2.15m, but he also won the event by clearing the impressive feat. The mark is also a NCAA qualifying height as well.

Fellow jumpers Scott Moake and Ty Rosser took second and third in the men's high jump by clearing marks of 2.15m and 1.95m, respectively.

On the women's side, Bailey Carling and Benny Foster tied the school record in the pole vault by each clearing 3.35m.

Other wins by the Wolverines at the two-day outdoor meet included Samantha Reeves (100m, 12.26), Mike Fogt (100m, 10.98), Mike Keith (400m, 49.41), Chris Dorton (800m, 1:53.55), Kyler Sprague (110m hurdles, 19.14), Jacob Peterson (400m hurdles, 57.62), Levi Ball (pole vault, 4.57m), Lauren Hicks (triple jump, 11.79m), Bryce Richards (triple jump, 12.92m), Jason Lynch (3000m, 8:49.24), Ivie Gonsalves (5000m, 17:42.33) and Seth Gutzwiller (5000m, 15:42.18).

In the team score race, the UVU men won the meet with 60 points while in-state foe Southern Utah took second with 36. The Wolverine women ended the meet in second place as the host Rebels won the women's side with 97.50 points compared to 73.50 from Utah Valley.

The Wolverine men's and women's teams continue their outdoor campaigns in Southern California next weekend. UVU will take part in Cal State Fullerton's Ben Brown Invitational as well as Occidental College's Oxy Distance Carnival.

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