Utah Valley University's men's and women's track and field teams fared well at Idaho State this weekend for the second consecutive meet. In all, UVU managed to win five events at the two-day meet.
Drake Walker's victories in the 60 and 200-meter opens along with Trac Norris and Josh Monsen wins in the 1-mile and 3000-meter runs, respectively, led the way for the men, while senior Latoya Shaw’s victory in the 60m dash paced the women. Walker won the 60 with a time of 7.01 seconds and the 200 in 22.41. Norris took home the 1-mile run in a time of 4:17.46, while Monson won the 3000m in 8:42.45 and Shaw the 60m open with 8.06 seconds. Cole Eisenhour also had another solid meet as he placed second in the 60m hurdles with a time of 8.16, which was just one one-hundredth of a second shy of his school record of 8.15 that he set at BYU last month.
Lauren Hicks had another strong showing in the triple jump as she broke the school record for the fourth time on the season with a leap of 11.68m. Her jump was good enough for third in the event, while her teammate Ali Shields finished just behind her in fourth place with a leap of 11.40m.
UVU's women's team also recorded notable finishes on Saturday from Autumn Robertson (2nd, high jump, 1.60m); Bailey Carling (2nd, 60m open, 8.08); Ivie Gonzalves (3rd, 3000m, 10:05.80); the relay team of Corrie Lamoreaux, Samantha Reeves, Wendy Peterson and Sam Sweet (3rd, 4x400m relay, 3:55.94); and Shields (4th, 60m hurdles, 9.12). The men's squad had strong showings from Jason Lynch (2nd, 3000m, 8:43.53), Presten Beatty (2nd, triple jump, 12.67m), Gary Hatch (2nd, 1-mile open, 4:31.02), Mike Fogt (2nd, 60m open, 7.18), Carson Van Wagoner (3rd, 60m open, 7.19), Brandon Smart (3rd, 200m, 22.22) and Chris Dorton (4th, 1-mile, 4:18.68),
On Friday, Mindy Stapel and Ashli Schulz led the Wolverine women by taking third and fourth, respectively, in the pentathlon. Stapel finished with 3,092 points while Schulz recorded 3,072. On the men's side, Lynch led the way by taking second in the 5000m run with a time of 15:07.57. Fellow distance runner Macy Butterfield finished two spots behind him in the same race as he placed fourth (15:29.12). Beatty (5.97m) and Bryce Richards (5.86m) also had good showings on Friday, as they took third and fourth, respectively, in the long jump. Michael Ashton had a solid outing for UVU in the pole vault as he placed fourth (4.75m).
The Wolverines will now be off until Feb. 15, when they'll travel to Nampa, Idaho, to take part at the Boise State Team Challenge. UVU will then participate at Weber State's Wildcat Open the following week before heading to Moscow, Idaho, for its inaugural WAC Indoor Championships on Feb. 26-28.
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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