UVU track: Utah Valley men take second, women third at WAC Outdoor Championships

By James Warnick

For the Deseret News

Published: Saturday, May 17 2014 10:25 p.m. MDT

Sophomore Aisha Graham and junior Ivie Gonsalves also had big performances in the women's 800m and 5000m runs by each placing second in the events. Graham earned her second-place finish in the 800 with a time of 2:13.37, while Gonsalves finished in second in the 5000 with a time of 17:53.00. That marked Gonsalves' second silver medal of the Championships, as she also took second in the 10,000m run on Thursday.

The senior Shields also concluded her busy meet for the women with a fifth-place finish in the triple jump with a mark of 11.70m, while freshman Bennie Foster posted a sixth-place finish in the pole vault by clearing 3.40m. The women's relay teams also placed third in the 4x400 and fifth in the 4x100 on Saturday.

With the regular season now over, UVU will sit back and await next week's NCAA selection show to see how many of its athletes have qualified for the NCAA West Preliminaries that will be held May 29-31 in Fayetteville, Arkansas. McPherson will also be hoping that his 7,401 total points in the decathlon are good enough to get him straight into the NCAA Championships that will run June 11-14 in Eugene, Oregon.

A year ago, the Wolverines sent five student-athletes to the NCAA Preliminary Rounds.

Final men's team scores

1. Idaho, 204

2. Utah Valley, 158

3. Grand Canyon, 156

4. Kansas City, 109

5. Texas-Pan American, 81

6. Seattle U, 56

7. Bakersfield, 40

8. Chicago State, 6

Final women's team scores

1. Idaho, 182.50

2. Grand Canyon, 164

3. Utah Valley, 128

4. New Mexico State, 120.50

5. Texas-Pan American, 81

6. Kansas City, 77

7. Seattle U, 41

8. Bakersfield, 13

9. Chicago State, 12

Men's individual awards (voted upon by the coaches)

Outstanding Track Performer: Lance Parker, Grand Canyon

Outstanding Field Performer: Michael McPherson, Utah Valley

Freshman of the Year: Arphaxad Carroll, Idaho

High Point Award Winner: Michael McPherson, Utah Valley, 30 pts.

Coach of the Year: Wayne Phipps, Idaho

Women's individual awards (voted upon by the coaches)

Outstanding Track Performer: Hannah Kiser, Idaho

Outstanding Field Performer: Vanessa Levy, Grand Canyon

Freshman of the Year: Katelyn Peterson, Idaho

High Point Award Winner: Hannah Kiser, Idaho, 30 pts.

Coach of the Year: Wayne Phipps, Idaho

James Warnick is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information about Wolverine athletics, visit www.WolverineGreen.com.