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UVU track: Wolverines shine at BYU despite wet weather

By James Warnick

For the Deseret News

Published: Saturday, April 26 2014 10:09 p.m. MDT

Senior Ali Shields (center) leaps over the hurdle. She led Utah Valley at BYU this weekend as she took third in the 100m hurdles and triple jump as well as fourth in the long jump.

Shane Truskolaski, UVU Athletics

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The Utah Valley University track and field teams performed well at the BYU Robison Invitational this weekend despite wet weather at the Clarence F. Robison Track and Field Complex in Provo on Saturday.

Junior Michael McPherson led the men's team by taking second in the 200-meter dash and the men's long jump, while senior Ali Shields led the women's team by taking third in the triple jump as well as the 100-meter hurdles and fourth the long jump.

McPherson looked to have set a school record in the 200m on Friday by running the race in 20.78 seconds in the prelims but due to too much wind at the time, the record and time won't count. The Wolverine junior did, however, post a second-place outing in the long jump during the meet as well with a leap of 7.07m.

Shields earned her third-place finish in the women's triple jump with a mark of 11.45m as well as her third-place one in the 100m hurdles with a time of 15.02 seconds in the event Saturday. The senior also took fourth in the long jump on the weekend by recording a personal record leap of 5.73m.

Junior jumper Scott Moake also performed well for the men's team at the meet by taking third in the high jump (2.01m), while freshman Lauren Hicks took second in the women's triple jump with a mark of 11.59m.

In other action, freshman Sam Sweet led the women's runners by winning the 400m in a time of 57.35 seconds on Saturday, while her teammates Corrie Lamoreaux and Taylor Gomez took second and third in the same race with respective times of 58.70 and 59.43. Sophomore Mike Keith had a strong showing in the men's 400m as he placed third with a time of 49.76 seconds.

Freshmen sprinters Sydney Bricker and Samantha Reeves also ran well in the 100m dash as they took fourth (12.55) and fifth (12.69), respectively. Sophomore Gately Garnett too ran well for the Wolverine women in the 100m hurdles by placing fifth in the event (15.44). Freshman McKay Burnett led the Wolverines in the throwing events, as he took third in the men's hammer throw with a toss of 50.14m. He also placed eighth in the shot put (13.96m).

In the women's heptathlon on Thursday, sophomore Ashli Schulz and junior Jessica Lingwall set personal records with respective scores of 4,667 and 4,390 points. Schulz's score was good enough for fourth place in the event while Lingwall earned an eighth-place finish.

Due to wet weather, a number of final races and field events were washed out Saturday.

The Wolverines will be back in action next Thursday at BYU, as they'll take part at the BYU Cougar Invitational that day. UVU will also compete at the Weber State Twilight Meet on May 7, before hosting the 2014 WAC Outdoor Championships on May 14-17, at the Hal Wing Track and Field in Orem.

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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