GYMNASTICS: The University of Utah gymnastics team held on to its No. 2 national ranking for a fourth straight week in the latest poll, issued late Tuesday. Utah ranks behind Georgia, the No. 1 ranked team all season. Rounding out the top five are Alabama, Florida and UCLA. Washington, which Utah meets Friday in Seattle, is ranked 17th.


MEN'S GOLF: The 17th-ranked BYU's men's golf team finished the first round of the John H. Burns Intercollegiate in ninth place after shooting a 288 at Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course Wednesday in Kaneohe, Hawaii.

Leading the Cougars was sophomore Andy Miller, who finished the day in a five-way sixth place tie after shooting a 3-under-par 69. Miller is just three strokes off the leader, Doug La Belle of New Mexico, who shot a first round 66.

BYU's Michael Henderson shot a even-par 72, finishing the day in a 25th place tie. Just a stroke behind Henderson was Jose Garrido who shot a 73, while Matt Thurmond finished with a 74.

The Cougars are only six strokes behind the leader Oklahoma State, which shot an impressive 6-under par 282.

BASEBALL: Weather dampened BYU's hopes in this week's action at Phoenix, where the Cougars are taking part in the Rawlings Spring Training Tournament.

Wednesday's non-tournament game at Arizona State was canceled due to rain and an unplayable field at ASU before the Sun Devils left for Cal-Berkeley.

The Cougars take a 6-2 record into Thursday afternoon's game with Texas Tech, which has a 7-2 record. On Friday afternoon the Cougars play Santa Clara, which has a 6-2 record, having won its last six games in a row. These games are scheduled for Phoenix Municipal Park.

TRACK: The U.S. Track Coaches Association's weekly Power Ranking lists the BYU women's indoor track team as No. 1 in the nation.

The team ranking system is based on a scoring system where two athletes from each team in each event are entered onto a score sheet and scoring is on a decathlon type table. Points are totaled and teams are ranked .

BYU has 258.85 points using that system, and Nebraska is second at 247.48. The BYU men's team is ranked 11th in the nation with 223.16 points. Florida is ranked first at 255.42.

USU/Weber State

WOMEN'S TENNIS: Utah State's women's tennis team fell short of a home victory on Wednesday, as the Aggies fell to in-state rival Weber State 7-2. The loss drops USU to 0-4 on the season.

At the No. 1 spot, senior Julie Hansen fell to Veronica Reynosa in straight sets 6-1, 6-1. Fellow senior Sydney Manning started out strong against Mette Damsgaard of Weber but also dropped a two-set decision 6-3, 6-1.

Juniors Mindy Nelson, at No. 3, and Tiffany Bullock, at No. 6, both fell in 6-2, 6-3 decisions to the Wildcats. Natalie Poulsen also dropped a straight-set match to Nicole Woywod 6-3, 6-0 at the No. 4 spot.

Weber State's Summer Marshall suffered a knee injury during the No. 5 singles match and was forced to retire. Marshall's withdrawal gave the Aggies a point at No. 4 singles, as well as No. 1 doubles.

At No. 2, the duo of Bullock and Manning fell in an 8-1 decision, while the first-team tandem of Hatton and Heather Grass dropped a 8-3 match.