UVU roundup: Track teams win fifth straight GWC titles

2013-05-06T00:01:00Z 2013-05-06T14:49:12Z UVU roundup: Track teams win fifth straight GWC titlesDaily Herald Daily Herald
May 06, 2013 12:01 am  • 

HUMBLE, Texas -- For five years, the UVU men's and women's track teams competed in Great West Conference and the league has known no other champion than the Wolverines.

The Wolverines -- in their final GWC Championships before moving the the Western Athletic -- the men's and women's teams ran away with the titles.

The UVU women scored 323 points, followed by Houston Baptist 188, Texas-Pan American 157.5, Cal-Bakersfield 50, Chicago State 47 and NJIT 37.5.

The Wolverine men scored 262 points, followed by Houston Baptist 184, UTPA 123, NJIT 79, Cal-Bakersfoeld 72 and Chicago State 50.

"It's awesome we never felt defeat in the conference," said UVU coach Scott Houle, who was named the men's and women's coach of the year for the fifth straight year. "All the kids that have come and gone through here that have never lost at our conference championships."

In other awards, UVU's Michael McPherson was the male outstanding athlete and best performance of the meet; Brooke Hodson-Davies was named the female outstanding athlete and Ali Shields received the award for the female best performance.

"I think the competition (in the conference) has kept the kids driven to keep working hard during the summers," Houle said. "We have always had good competition pushing us and making us want to get better."

McPherson won the long jump (24-7), high jump (6-1.25) and was part of the winning 4x100m relay (41.72), while finishing second with the 4x400m relay team (3:17.51), third in the 110m hurdles (15.09), fourth in the javelin (151-10) and 200m (22.19) and seventh in the 100m (10.98).

Hodson-Davis won the shot put (47.7-25), 3,000m steeplechase (10:30.51), was fifth in the 1,500m (4:49.70), Shields was second in the heptathlon (4,188) and in the high jump (5-1.75), fourth in triple jump (36.2.75) and pole vault (7-3) and fifth in the 100m hurdles (1:07.54).

Other winners for the Wolverine women in the three-day meet include Natalie Young-Baker (400m, 55.85; also third, 200m, 24.43), Krystal Harper (10,000m, 37:39), the 4x400m relay eam (Courtney Paddock, Taylor Gomez, Young-Baker, Mykah Heaton, 3:49.02), Joni Warnick (pole vault, 10-9; also third, javelin, 122-2), Maryn Pincock (shot put, 45-7.25; discus, 162-10; also fifth hammer, 145-2), McKell Camp-Nielson (javelin, 139-10) and Lexie Esplin (heptathlon, 4,567).

UVU went 1-4 in the 10,000m, with Jessica Wilding(38:01.32), Bridget Hazel (38:06.24) and Angela Blackham (38:30.13) finishing behind Harper. The Wolverines also went 2-5 in the 5,000m, with Hazel second (17.44.05), followed by Blackham (18:01.33), Harper (18:08.21) and Darian Sharp (18:15.01). In the 3,000m steeplechase, teammates Ally Deeter (11;01.40), Harley Murrah (11:06.44) and Wilding (11:30.44) followed Hodson-Davis across the finish line. In the pole vault, Lindsey Bryan (9-11.25), Gately Garnett (9-11.25) and Shields finished in order behind Warnick. And in the heptathlon, Shields and Gately Garnett (4,125) went 2-3 behind Esplin, who was also fifth in high jump (4-11.5) and fourth in long jump (18-5.25).

Other top-5 finishers for the women are Megan Burr (second, 110m hurdles, 4.27; fifth, 200m, 24.93), Heaton (second, 400m hurdles, 1:03.85, fourth, high jump, 5-0.5, fifth, long jump, 18-5.0), Sally Hansen (fifth, 400m hurdles, 1:07.54), the 4x100m relay team (Rebecca Renshaw-Brown, Young-Baker, Paddock, Burr, 47.88), Autumn Robertson (third, high jump, 5-1.75), Rachel Garrett (fifth, shot put, 38-1.25), Kelli Roach (second, javelin, 133-9),

Allah Laryea-Akrong and Nicholas Taylor reversed finishes in the 100m and 200m with Laryea-Akrong winning the 100m (10.38) and finishing second in the 200m (21.63), while Taylor won the 200m (21.62) and was second in the 100m (10.54). Josh McCabe won the 10,000m (33.13.29), with teammate Macy Butterfield third (33:17.38) and Brenden Emery fifth (33.50.38), while the Wolverines went 2-4 in the 5,000m (McCabe, 15:09.78; Butterfield, 15:26.53; Brandon Edmondson, 15:35.77). In the pole vault, Marcus Praatt won (14-3.25), followed by teammates Levi Ball (14-3.25), Riley O'Neal (14-3.25) and Stephen Wickhamsire (13-3.5) . Other UVU winners were Cole Eisenhour (110m hurdles, 14.74), the 4x100m relay team (McPherson, Taylor, Peterson, Laryea-Akrong, 41.72) and 14-3.25), Mark Jones (javelin, 182-0),

Other top-5 finishers for the UVU men include Logan Rusch (fourth, 100m, 10.94), Jordan Peterson (fifth, 100m, 10.95), Brandon Yardley (fifth, 800m 1:56.0), Edmondson (third, 1,500m, 4:07.86), Chris Dorton (second, 3,000m steeplechase, 9:30.34; fourth, 1,500m, 4:08.47), Josh Monsen (fifth, 1,500m, 4;09.94), Nelson Orton (fifth, 3,000m steeplechase, 10:04.78), the 4x400m relay team (McPherson, Jacob Brydson, Taylor, Yardley, second, 3:17.51), Ty Rosser (third, high jump, 5-10,75),

• BASEBALL: At Greeley, Colo., UVU broke a 5-5 tie with eight runs in the eighth inning to defeat Northern Colorado, 13-5, and earn a split of the four-game Great West Conference series. The Wolverines (20-24, 11-5) sent 12 men to the plate in the eighth, with the first six reaching base and scoring.

"It was great how we were able to get on a roll and everyone started feeding off of each other," said UVU coach Eric Madsen. "I was happy with how we responded at the plate early too and how we answered their runs."

Riley White, who also had a two-run homer in the game, scored the go-ahead run in the eighth, moving from first to third on a hit by Stone Ramsey, then scoring when the throw from right field sailed out of play. The next three batters all walked, with Jordy Hart getting an RBI with his bases-loaded free pass. Willie Pratt followed with a bases-clearing double to give UVU a 10-5 lead. Pratt scored on a base hit by Kai Hatch, who then scored when Mark Krueger knocked him in. Krueger scored the final run on a sacrifice fly by Ramsey.

The Bears (21-22, 12-7) used four pitchers in the eighth, with Lucas Corrick (0-1) taking the loss after getting charged with three of the runs in the inning.

Kyle Valgardson (1-0) earned the win after pitching three scoreless innings. He escaped a jam in the seventh with a runner at third. Northern Colorado attempted a suicide squeeze in a bid to take the lead but it failed and Valgardson got of the inning unscathed. Braden Poole also helped in a relief role, coming on in the sixth with a runner on second and nobody out and getting two called strike threes and a fly out.

"Valgardson and Poole both were huge for us. They both came on in big situations and gave us a chance to have that big inning," Madsen said.

The Wolverines will play their final home series starting Thursday at 6 p.m. against NYIT.

• SOFTBALL: At Los Angeles, UVU concluded the 2013 regular season dropping both games of a Pacific Coast Softball Conference doubleheader, 5-3 and 2-1, to Loyola Marymount.

The long ball was the difference for the Lions (33-23, 16-8), who went deep in both games to separate themselves from the Wolverines (35-20, 14-10).

"Yesterday everything was about pitching, today it was the opposite," said UVU coach Rachel Hartgrove. "The first game they out-hit us for the win and in the second, one little mistake ended up costing us. But I'm proud of the way the girls fought to the end. They had the heart, but we just didn't have the finish."

Each team homered twice in the first game. Krystin Jachim had a two-run blast in the first for UVU, but the Lions, after an RBI double, got a two-run homer from Skylar Segura to take a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the frame.

UVU's Kylee Brinkerhoff tied the game with a solo homer in he fourth inning, but the Lions took the lead for good with a two-run blow from Sterling Shuster in the sixth.

Tiffany Mills pitched a complete-game two-hitter for UVU in the second game, but an error followed by a two-run homer in the third. That was enough for the Lions to get the win. UVU scored in the fourth when Brinkerhoff, who ended the season with a 14-game hitting streak, singled and scored on Debra Lovell's hit.

Utah Valley concludes the season with a third place finish in the PCSC.

"I am proud of each and every one of these girls for the way they stuck through the year and accomplished some amazing feats," Hartgrove said. "I'm especially proud of our five seniors (Brinkerhoff, Charlee Cisneros, Jachim, Mills, Marie Williams) who each turned in great years. There is definitely some room for improvement, but we'll get to work with the objective of coming back and competing for a championship next season."

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