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UVU track: Wolverines make short trek to Provo for BYU Robison Invite

By James Warnick

For the Deseret News

Published: Tuesday, April 22 2014 4:24 p.m. MDT

After a busy weekend in Southern California last week, the Utah Valley University track and field teams remain close to home this week as they head to Provo for the BYU Robison Invitational.

The Invitational runs Wednesday through Saturday at BYU's Clarence F. Robison Track and Field Complex.

Wednesday and Thursday will consist of the multi events only, as the women's heptathlon and men's decathlon will take place those days, while the majority of the meet will happen Friday and Saturday. The meet will officially get underway Wednesday at noon with the heptathlon.

Besides the Wolverines and host Cougars, Utah, Weber State, Idaho State and Westminster are also scheduled to compete at the Invitational.

UVU enters this week's meet off a solid outing in SoCal last weekend. Junior Michael McPherson led the way for the men's squad by setting a school record in the decathlon at the Mt. SAC Relays/California Invitational Multi Events with a score of 7,172 points. McPherson set four personal records and won three of the 10 events en route to his second-place finish in the decathlon.

Behind McPherson's stellar showing, sophomore Trac Norris and junior Ivie Gonsalves also had big weekends in California as they performed well in the distance events at the Mt. SAC Relays. Norris recorded a second-place finish in the men's 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 9:02.67, while Gonsalves put up a time of 17:01.59 in the women's 5000m run. McPherson, Norris and Gonsalves all now lead the WAC in their respective events they competed in last weekend.

Besides the Mt. SAC Relays, Utah Valley also took part at Azusa Pacific's Bryan Clay Invitational, Long Beach State's Beach Invitational and Utah State Mark Faldmo Invitational over the weekend.

A year ago, former Wolverine hurdler Megan Burr led UVU at the 2013 BYU Robison Invitational by winning the 100m hurdles (14.36) and placing third in the 100 (12.08) and 200m dashes (24.49). Junior sprinter Nicholas Taylor also had a big meet as he won the 200 (21.31) and took second in the 100 (10.57), while senior distance runner Brooke Hodson-Davies took home the 3000m steeplechase title with a time of 10:40.50.

Following this week's meet, the Wolverines will take part at their final tune-up before the WAC Championships on May 7 at Weber State. UVU will then host the 2014 WAC Outdoor Championships at the Hal Wing Track and Field on May 14-17.

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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