UVU track: Wolverines to compete at Utah on Friday, Weber State on Saturday

By James Warnick

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, April 10 2014 6:35 p.m. MDT

The Utah Valley University men's and women's track and field teams will remain in the Beehive State this weekend as they'll compete at the University of Utah on Friday and Weber State University on Saturday.

Friday's Utah Spring Classic begins at 2:30 p.m. at the McCarthey Family Track and Field in Salt Lake City, while Saturday's Weber State Invitational gets underway at 10 a.m. at Stewart Stadium in Ogden.

The Wolverines enter the meets off a stellar outing at the UVU Collegiate Invitational on March 28 at the Hal Wing Track and Field in Orem. At that meet, Utah Valley broke two more school records, as junior Michael McPherson set a UVU record in the 400-meter with a time of 47.59 and freshman Lauren Hicks once again broke the school's triple jump record with a mark of 11.88m. The two along with junior distance runner Ivie Gonsalves were all named WAC Track Athletes of the Week following the meet as Gonsalves won the 5000m run with a time of 17:29.78

In all, Utah Valley won five events and recorded 24 top-three finishes at the UVU Collegiate. Besides McPherson and Gonsalves' titles in the 400 and 5000, respectively, senior Chris Dorton won the 3000m steeplechase (9:26.51), freshman Samantha Reeves took home the 100m dash (12.42) and McPherson also won the long jump (7.05m).

McPherson's blazing time in the 400m two weeks ago is also good enough to lead the WAC. Sophomore Aisha Graham paces the league in the 800 (2:12.54), sophomore Jason Lynch (14:40.99) and Gonsalves (17:04.24) are tops in the 5000, Dorton (9:13.68) and senior Brooke Hodson-Davies (10:27.98) pace the league in the 3000m steeplechase, and freshman Ryle Williams (2.15m) and senior Autumn Robertson (1.66m) lead in the high jump.

Admission is free of charge at both meets.

Following this weekend's meets, the Wolverines head to Southern California next week to take part the Mt. SAC Relays, the Bryan Clay Invitational and Beach Invitational.

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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