Brigham Young

WOMEN'S CROSS COUNTRY: Laura Heiner, one of the top harriers in the nation, is the only recruit signed by defending NCAA Women's Cross Country Champion BYU.

Heiner, a 5-10 freshman from Centerville High in Clifton, Va., was the second American finisher at the U.S. World Junior Championships in Morocco last March. She placed fifth in the National Footlocker Championships her last two years of high school.

Heiner has the fastest prep indoor mile time in the nation at 4:52 and is the two-time Virginia High School Cross Country champion. She won the indoor two-mile as a freshman, sophomore and senior in Virginia.

Heiner joins her sisters Jessica and Cammie, a senior and junior, respectively, on BYU's cross country team. At the World Junior Championships, Laura placed ahead of BYU redshirt Tara Rohatinsky, who was the third American finisher.

Junior colleges

RICKS SOFTBALL: Defense, pitching, and timely hitting has carried the Ricks College softball team into the championship game at the NJCAA women's fastpitch softball tournament in Hutchinson, Kansas.

With temperatures in the mid-nineties, the Lady Vikings began the day with a 2-1 win over Gulf Coast CC of Panama City, Florida. Pitcher Maryon DeWitt went the distance, striking out nine and scattering six hits.

Ricks advanced to the championship game by beating Illinois Central 2-1, the third consecutive game the Lady Vikings have won by the exact margin. DeWitt again pitched the win, this time forcing 14 outs via the ground ball.

UVSC GOLF: Utah Valley State College finished seventh in the nation at the NJCAA Golf Championships at Highland Oaks Golf Course Friday in Dothan, Ala.

The Wolverines shot a 308 in Friday's final round, slipping three places from the lofty number four spot they attained Thursday. Freshman Chris Larsen, out of Orem High School, shot the best round of the day for UVSC with a 74. He finished as the Wolverines' top scorer overall with a 299, good enough for 15th place.

His score earned him third-team All-America honors. Others for UVSC were Darrin Overson at 303, Lance Richards at 310, Ryan Ellis at 311, and Rob Fox at 319.

Scottsdale Community College won the national title with a score of 1155.