OGDEN — Utah Valley freshman distance runner Anthony Ocegueda broke the program's 3,000-meter record and freshman jumper Alex Lawrence posted a school record in the pole vault Saturday to headline victories in seven events during Utah Valley track and field's season-opener at the Weber State Winter Open.
In his first career indoor 3,000-meter race, Ocegueda won his first career 3,000-meter race with a program-best time of 8:19.31 to best former Wolverine Jason Lynch's previous record (8:19.56) in 2016. Meanwhile, Lawrence recorded a pole vault of 5.00 meters in his indoor debut to notch his first career victory, topping the old school record (4.80m) set by former UVU jumper Matt Williams in the 2012 indoor season.
Adding to Lawrence's success in the men's field events, UVU sophomore Albert MacArthur kicked off his second season with wins in the triple jump and long jump. MacArthur's first-place finishes came on a new long-jump personal record of 7.06 meters and a triple jump of 14.12 meters.
The Wolverines earned another victory in the hurdles as sophomore Andre Jones won the 55-meter hurdles, also on a personal-best time of 7.64 seconds, to move into second all-time in that event. Jones' new personal record improved upon his previous top time of 7.81 in his collegiate debut in last year's season-opener at Weber State.
Joining his Wolverine teammates as the final men's victor at the meet, junior Jordan Carder took first in the 55-meter dash with a new personal record of 6.90 seconds. Crossing the finish line just two spots behind Carder, junior Tyler Liddiard recorded the eighth fastest 55-meter time in school history to place third.
Another season-opening win for Utah Valley came in the women's 4x400 relay with the ninth fastest time in that event by a UVU women's relay squad. Junior Ashley Zulauf teamed with seniors Alena Gillespie, Mykah Heaton Ouderkirk and Lexi Shaw to deliver the seventh Wolverine first-place finish on a time of 3:54.01.
UVU freshman Olivia Neal made her debut with the program's all-time second highest women's pole vault of 3.50 meters on day two of the meet. Neal earned a second-place finish in her first career pole vault competition.
In the women's long jump, sophomore Angela Cardon placed second with a 5.43-meter leap and her Wolverine senior teammate Ouderkirk finished behind in third with a jump of 5.41 meters. Freshman jumper Sarah Ohlweiler matched the 10th farthest long jump in Utah Valley history on a mark of 3.50 meters to finish in fourth.
Also placing inside the top five in the women's jumping events, freshman Kallie Given tallied a high jump of 1.62 meters to place fourth in that event. Given's high-jump mark landed her on the school's all-time top-10 record list in ninth.
Junior Savannah Neuberger placed second in the women's 800-meter race, finishing just 1.90 seconds behind first-place finisher Michaella Hintze from host WSU. Neuberger's time of 2:16.42 pushed her into seventh on UVU's all-time top 10 chart in the 800.
In the women's 3,000-meter race, senior Savannah Berry paced the Wolverines in second place with the third fastest 3K time in program history of 9:54.32. Also racing in the women's 3K, McKayla Walker moved up seventh on the school's all-time top-10 record list (10:06.8) and freshman Hannah Branch debuted with the eighth fastest time in program history (10:08.6) for that event.
Rounding out the list of outstanding performances for UVU over the weekend, freshman thrower Patrick Thompson added a fifth-place finish in the shot put at his first career meet. Thompson tallied the second farthest throw in the shot put ever posted by a Wolverine with a distance of 16.21 meters.
The Wolverines will round out their stretch of December meets with a trip down the road to Provo to compete against BYU in the BYU Intra-squad meet on Dec. 7-8.