PROVO — Utah Valley sophomore Kevin Lynch set a new program record in 3,000-meter, while juniors Jordan Carder and Ashley Zulauf added the school's top mark in the 300-meter to headline UVU track and field's performances at the BYU December Invite held at the Smith Field House on Thursday and Friday.
Lynch, who gave the squad a new men's 3K record in its second-straight meet, finished with a time of 8:18.19 to best UVU freshman Anthony Ocegueda's record-setting time (8:19.31) in the season opener at Weber State. Meanwhile, Zulauf won the women's 300 with a record of 39.55 and Carder took second in the men's 300 with a time of 34.23.
Finishing close behind Lynch, senior Tyson Lambert also moved ahead of Ocegueda for the Wolverines on the all-time list in the 3,000-meter race with a time of 8:18.63. Lambert's PR put him at second in program history for that event from his previous spot of fourth.
In the women's 60-meter dash, Zulauf landed herself near the top of the program's all-time list with the second-best time in UVU history of 7.60 seconds. Her finish gave her second at the meet, as she crossed the finish line just .10 seconds behind first-place finisher Keesha Miller from BYU.
In the men's 800-meter race, sophomore Adrian Jones claimed UVU's only men's victory at the meet with a time of 8:18.63. Jones placed himself among the all-time top 10 in program history for that event with his new personal record.
Sophomore hurdler Andre Jones recorded another photo finish for the Wolverines in the men's 60-meter hurdles, running a personal record 8.32 seconds to place second and finish within .10 seconds of the victor from BYU, Tomi Adegoke. Jones' new career-best time improved upon his own spot of seventh on UVU's all-time best chart.
UVU sophomore Tierra Orr notched a second-place finish in the women's pentathlon with a new personal-best score of 3,178 to move up to seventh in the program's indoor record book. Orr tied for first in the pentathlon high jump with a leap of 1.69 meters.
In the men's triple jump, sophomore Albert MacArthur led the Wolverines with his new personal record of 14.34 meters to place second. With his new career mark, MacArthur topped his previous best of 14.20 meters in his freshman campaign last year.
Adding another top-three UVU finish, senior Lexi Shaw placed third in the 300 with her time of 39.73. Shaw joined Zulauf atop the school record chart in the BYU-meet event, moving into second all-time ahead of previous record holder former Wolverine Olivia Kyere-Boateng.
Freshman Josh Thomas paced the Wolverines in the heptathlon with a second-place finish on an overall score of 4,740 to move into third all-time on the program record chart. The score for Thomas came after he won the heptathlon's 1,000-meter race (2:50.69) and placed second in the high jump (2.01m) portion of the heptathlon.
Adding to the string of strong freshman performances, Ocegueda ran a 4:11.15 to place second in his first career mile race and move into the top 10 on the school record list in that event. Freshman Hannah Branch mirrored Ocegueda with a UVU all-time top-10 performance in the women's 3,000-meter race, finishing with a mark of 10:08.12 in third place.
Utah Valley will now enjoy a five-week hiatus before ringing in the 2018 calendar year with a return to BYU for the annual BYU Cougar Indoor Invitational on Jan. 12-13.