BYU/Utah State

MEN'S TENNIS: After sweeping both doubles and singles matches in men's indoor tennis action, BYU's team easily defeated Utah State 7-0 Thursday in Provo. The sweep of the Aggies began with the Cougars picking up all three doubles matches for a 1-0 advantage going into the singles competition.

BYU's lead extended to 5-0 with straight-set wins from Damien Ward, Stuart Beauchamp, Nick Losee and Matt Stohl. The Cougars also took victories at the No. 5 and 6 spots, with three-set wins by Jeff Easton and Benji Rideout.

Brigham Young

WOMEN'S TENNIS: With straight-set wins in five of the six singles matches, BYU's 10th-ranked women's tennis team defeated North Carolina 6-3 Friday.

The win improves the Cougars' record to 12-1.

Junior Eline Chiew kept her perfect singles record with a 6-2, 6-3 victory over Sarah Hawkins. Chiew, ranked 13th in the country, improved to 13-0 in singles dual-match competition.

Holly Parkinson, Adrien Jenkins, Jodi Richardson and Brooke Leavens also won their singles matches in straight sets.

TRACK & FIELD: The BYU women's track team was named the national indoor dual meet champion at the NCAA Indoor Championship Thursday night awards dinner, and BYU coach Craig Poole was named the national coach of the-year as well as Region 7 coach of the year.

The indoor award is given by the United States Track Coaches Association and is based on a dual meet scoring system. BYU finished with a score of 270.77 for the season with Nebraska second at 254.15.

In the NCAA Friday competition, BYU's Amy Palmer won All-America honors for finishing third in the 20-pound weight throw, setting a school record with her mark of 68-10. She will compete in the shot put today.

Tara Haynes advanced to the finals of the mile while finishing sixth in her heat (4:45.53).

The Cougars' distance medley team finished in sixth place.

In men's competition, BYU sprint star Felix Andam advanced to the finals for the 55-meter dash after winning his heat. Andam has the nation's best time at 6.06 and ran a 6.23 in Friday's trials.

BYU coach Willard Hirschi was named the region seven men's coach of the year.


BASEBALL: Royce Huffman and Matt Howe each hit solo home runs to break a fifth-inning tie and power Texas Christian to a 5-3 win over Utah on Friday in Fort Worth, Texas.

Huffman, who had two hits Friday, homered first for TCU (14-8, 2-1 Western Athletic Conference) to snap a 2-2 tie.

Heath Collins (5-0) went the distance for TCU, notching a career-high 14 strikeouts while scattering six hits and three runs.

Chad Truby, Jared Larsen, John Summers, Mike Wood, Eric Wallace and Sam Swensen each had singles for Utah (8-15, 0-4). But it wasn't enough to make a winner of Lance Eriksen (0-4). He gave up seven hits and four runs in seven innings, walked three and struck out four for the Utes.

Utah State

TRACK & FIELD: Senior Shane Bingham was the only member of Utah State's track and field team to make it to the final round of competition at the NCAA Indoor Championships in Indianapolis.

He qualified for the finals in the mile run with a time of 4:04.36, placing sixth in his heat.

Junior colleges

SLCC BASKETBALL: Salt Lake Community College sophomore Laurie Crocker has been announced as a finalist for the Kodak Women's All-America Team. The former Mountain View High School standout is among 33 finalists for the 10-member squad. The 6-foot forward completed her juco career as the SWAC's fifth best shot-blocker.