Utah Valley University junior Michael McPherson was named a Second Team All-American by the U.S. Track and Field and Cross-Country Coaches Association on Monday, following the recent completion of the 2014 outdoor track and field season.

The Wolverine multi-event specialist secured his All-American status by placing 16th in the decathlon with 7,272 points at last week's NCAA Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon. The 7,272 total points he scored were the second most in UVU history.

En route to his 16th-place finish in the decathlon at the Championships last week, the Parker, Colorado, native won the 400-meter dash (48.28), placed second in the 100m (10.73) and took fourth in the 1500m (4:37.68). He also finished 10th in the long jump (7.24m), 11th in the 110m hurdles (15.11), 15th in the high jump (1.90m), 18th in the pole vault (4.30m), 20th in the javelin (49.87m), and 22nd in the discus (33.79m) and shot put (10.39m).

Comment on this story

McPherson not only became UVU's first-ever athlete to compete at the NCAA Track and Field Championships last week but also the program's inaugural All-American at the Division I level. He also finished four spots ahead of his ranking, as he entered the Championships ranked 20th nationally in the decathlon.

The USTFCCCA handed out First-Team All-America honors to those who finished among the top eight in an individual or relay event as part of a team, Second-Team All-America honors went to those who finished between ninth and 16th, and Honorable Mention honors were given to the remaining finishers.

James Warnick is an assistant sports information director at Utah Valley University. For more information about Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.