CEDAR CITY No. 17 Southern Utah was a not-so-great host, winning its own four-team gymnastics meet Friday.
Southern Utah came out ahead with 194.650, followed by No. 18 Boise State at 194.425, and CS Fullerton posted 193.575 over BYU's 193.350.
"This meet was awesome tonight," co-beam champion Katie Hicks of SUU said. "The crowd was great and supportive and it made the meet a blast. I was really proud of the entire team tonight."
Despite the crowd of more than 3,500, Southern Utah's night got off to a shaky start as the team scored a meet-low 48.375 on the vault.
Boise State's Hannah Redmon won the event with a 9.875.
SUU jumped right back into contention in the second rotation when the Thunderbirds' nationally ranked (No. 5) bars team scored a 48.875. SUU's scores began with three 9.725's (Tehani Douglas, Ari Lamb and Erin Morgan) and topped off with Wheeler's 9.775.
The Thunderbirds remained strong in the third rotation, but showed some signs of imperfection on the beam as Bailey Baker counted a fall on the apparatus (9.125).
SUU trailed CS-Fullerton by the slimmest of margins (.025) going into the final rotation with the Thunderbirds on floor and the Titans on beam. The final rotation proved to be the difference maker in the meet with Fullerton counting two falls on beam as SUU wrapped up the meet with a solid team score of 48.550 on the floor.
Wheeler, once again, led the Thunderbirds on floor with a team-high 9.800, tying for second-place overall in the event.
"Overall I was pleased with the team's performance," said BYU head coach Brad Cattermole. "They fought through the whole thing and they didn't give up."
Senior Dayna Smart-Allen earned her first individual title of the season as she posted a 9.825 on the balance beam, tying with two other gymnasts in the event. BYU earned a solid 48.000.
"It was nice having (Dayna Smart-Allen) back in the line up," Cattermole said. "Getting both her and (Alethea) Boon back into more events is important. They are hard to replace."
The Cougars' strongest event of the night was the vault at 48.700. Competing in her first meet of the season, Smart-Allen posted 9.850 and tied for second on the apparatus. Junior Hayley Jensen followed Smart-Allen with 9.775.