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UVU track: Norris leads UVU at BYU Cougar Invite

By James Warnick

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, May 1 2014 8:13 p.m. MDT

Sophomore distance runner Trac Norris led the Utah Valley University track and field teams Thursday by breaking the school record in the 1-mile run at the BYU Cougar Invitational.

Norris not only set a new school record in the race with an altitude adjusted time of 4:04.40, but he also qualified for the NCAA's in the 1500-meter run with the blazing adjusted time of 3:46.29. The Wolverine sophomore's time in the 1-mile run was also good enough for second place in the event.

Behind Norris' standout performance, UVU also won six individual events at the meet. Junior Michael McPherson led the way by taking home the 200m dash as well as the long jump, while sophomore Aisha Graham won the women's 800m, sophomore Chris Brower took the 3000m steeplechase, and fellow sophomores Mike Keith and Sam Sweet earned first-place finishes in the men's and women's 400m dashes. McPherson won the 200m with a time of 21.22 seconds and the long jump with a mark of 7.20m, while Graham earned her 800m victory with a time of 2:14.25, Brower took his 3000m steeplechase in 9:54.53, and Keith and Sweet won their 400m races with respective times of 49.02 and 57.42.

McPherson's 21.22 seconds in the 200m dash should also be fast enough to get him into the NCAA's in the event as well.

"We had some solid performances, which included a number of personal bests in nearly every event," UVU head coach Scott Houle said. "Today's meet was a good tune-up for us and I'm pleased with how well our kids competed."

The Wolverines also had a number of solid marks from the following as all of them finished in the top three of their respective event: Kyler Sprague (second, 110m hurdles in 14.89 and third, 400m hurdles in 52.36), Jacob Peterson (third, 110m hurdles in 15.01), Sydney Bricker (second, 400m in 58.59 and third, 200m in 25.22), Corrie Lamoreaux (third, 400m in 59.18), Taylor Gomez (third, 800m in 2:19.38), Nelson Orton (second, 3000m steeplechase in 11.00.29), Lauren Hicks (second, long jump at 5.46m and third, triple jump at 11.74m), Ali Shields (third, long jump at 5.41m), Bryce Richards (second, triple jump at 13.33m), Caitlyn Woodward (third, javelin at 42.14m) and McKay Burnett (third, hammer at 51.74m).

UVU will now have just one regular-season meet remaining, next Wednesday's Weber State Twilight Invitational, prior to hosting the 2014 WAC Outdoor Championships at the Hal Wing Track and Field in Orem 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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