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UVU track: Wolverines head back to Provo for Thursday’s BYU Cougar Invite

By James Warnick

For the Deseret News

Published: Wednesday, April 30 2014 5:10 p.m. MDT

Utah Valley freshman Mindy Stapel gets ready to release the javelin.

Shane Truskolaski, UVU Athletics

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The Utah Valley University track and field teams head to Provo for the second time in as many weeks for Thursday's BYU Cougar Invitational. The one-day meet begins at noon at BYU's Clarence F. Robison Track and Field Complex.

The men's hammer throw will mark the first event of the meet at noon, while the running events will get going at 1:30 p.m., with the women's 3000-meter steeplechase. The Invitational is expected to conclude around 4:30 p.m., following the running of the men's 4x400m relay. For a full schedule of events visit RunnerCard.

The BYU Cougar Invite will feature student-athletes from UVU, BYU, Utah and Weber State.

The Wolverines enter Thursday's competition after a solid showing at the BYU Robison Invitational last weekend despite the meet being cut short on Saturday due to wet weather in Provo.

Senior Ali Shields had a big weekend for the women's team last week as she placed third in the triple jump (11.45m) and the 100m hurdles (15.02), as well as fourth in the long jump with a personal record of 5.73m. Her leap in the long jump is also good enough for tops in the WAC this season. Shields was rewarded for her successful performance last weekend by the WAC on Tuesday, as she was named the league's female field Athlete of the Week.

Behind Shields' big outing, sophomore Sam Sweet also had a strong meet for the Wolverine women last week as she won the women's 400m dash with a time of 57.35 seconds. Junior Michael McPherson, sophomore Mike Keith and senior Marcus Pratt led the way for the men's team by taking second in the long jump (7.07m), third in the 400m (49.76) and seventh in the pole vault (4.75m), respectively.

Thursday's meet will mark the second to last tune-up of the season for the Wolverines prior to hosting the 2014 WAC Outdoor Championships, on May 14-17, at the Hal Wing Track and Field. Prior to hosting the WAC Championships, UVU will close its regular season finale at Weber State on May 7.

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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