SOFTBALL: Utah split a Western Athletic Conference doubleheader at Colorado State on Friday to open up a four-game series at Ram Field in Fort Collins, Colo.
The third-place Utes (23-14) took the first game from the ninth-place Rams (17-17) in eight innings, 4-2.
Utah and Colorado State play another doubleheader today at 1 p.m.
TRACK & FIELD: BYU hosted eight colleges and universities Friday in Provo in the first home track meet of the season and a number of top performances were made.
Amy Christensen Palmer, who had set an NCAA and American record last week in the hammer, went head-to-head with the old record holder, Dawn Ellerbe. Palmer won with a throw of 216-4, ahead of Ellerbe's 208-61/4.
Cougar sprinter Leonard Myles-Mills led the men by qualifying for both of today's sprint finals. He had a time of 20.96 in the 200 meters. Myles-Mills ran the 100 meters in 10.34, the best time of the day. BYU's Kenneth Andam won the long jump with a leap of 24-7.
Other top BYU performances: All-American Tiffany Lott led the field in the women's 100-meter hurdles with a time of 13.36. Becky Jackson won the pole vault at 12-63/4. Michelle Lowery was the 1,500-meter winner at 4:41.59. Lindsay Jones topped the field in the 800 meters at 2:06.63.
WOMEN'S TENNIS: Sunshine and warm weather made for a perfect tennis match, at least for BYU, as they easily defeated UNLV 7-1 in Provo, Friday. With the win, BYU, ranked 7th nationally, improves to 17-2 on the season.
GOLF: Weber State assistant golf coach Greg Stimpson announced the signing of Derek Fox to a letter of intent to play golf at Weber State next year. Fox, out of North Summit High School, is from Henefer.
SOFTBALL: Southern Utah's softball team ran into some tough pitching Friday as the Thunderbirds were limited to just five hits in dropping both ends of a doubleheader at Western Illinois in Macomb, Ill. The 'Birds got just one hit in losing the opener, 8-0, then lost 1-0 after getting just four hits in the nightcap. SUU dropped to 5-17 overall and 2-4 in Mid-Continent Conference play.
BASKETBALL: Utah Valley State College basketball coach Jeff Reinert announced the signing of several players for next year's team.
Nate Knight, the brother of Travis Knight of the Boston Celtics and Shane Knight of BYU, is transferring from Oregon State. He is a 6-10 center. Justin Sant, a 6-2 guard out of Layton, is transferring from Idaho State.
Reinert also has resigned Josh Davis (Spanish Fork) and John Wheeler (Taylorsville) who played on last year's 22-9 club. He has commitments from returned missionaries Danny Brotherson (Bunkerville, Nevada) and Brent Hawkins (Alta), who played on Reinert's SWAC title team of three years ago.
BASEBALL: Mitch Jones homered twice and drove in five runs to lead Utah Valley State College to a 9-4 win over the College of Eastern Utah in the second of two games Friday. CEU won the opener 8-3 behind the strong pitching of Duane Penner. Jones teamed with Shane Bellistonto accounts for all of UVSC's runs in game two.