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BIG 5 NOTES

Weber State

- Men's cross country - Weber State University runner Chris Jones has been selected as the final Big Sky Conference athlete of the week for the season. Jones, a junior from Ogden, won the Wildcat Invitational with a five-mile time of 25:05.97. He beat former Weber State all-American Kurt Black by 14 seconds and current BYU all-American Jason Pyrah by 23 seconds. Jones led the race from start to finish.

Utah

- Women's basketball - Eight returnees, led by first-team all-WAC and District 7 All-American Mikki Kane-Barton, joined four newcomers Monday in the first day of practice for the Utah women's basketball team. Kane-Barton, who will split her practice time between basketball and volleyball until the volleyball season ends, led all Ute scorers last year, averaging 16.7 points per game. Other key returnees for the Utes, who have a four-year string of 20-win seasons going, are starting senior forward Susana Tauteoli (9.9 ppg) and sophomore forward Teresa Totorica (4.8). Utah was 22-8 last season.

BYU

- Women's volleyball - BYU swept Utah State 15-8, 15-3, 15-9 Tuesday night in Smith Fieldhouse. The WAC-leading Cougars, ranked eighth in the nation, are 19-3 on the year, while Utah State of the Big West Conference dropped to 3-20.

Tea Nieminen gave BYU a balanced effort by scoring 12 kills for a .333 hitting percentage, two service aces, six digs, two block solos and two block assists. For the Aggies, Kristene Spencer put down the most kills with 13 and added four digs. Randi Winn had 27 assists.

BYU hosts UTEP Friday and New Mexico Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Smith Fieldhouse.

- Men's volleyball - Coach Carl McGown's high expectations for the 1992-93 men's volleyball team seem closer to reality this week as the team returned to campus with the championship trophy from the University of Manitoba Invitational.

The Cougars won all five matches to claim the title, which the host team has dominated. Last year, the perennial Canadian collegiate power defeated Penn State for its invitational crown and two years ago, it downed NCAA power Southern California.

In the championship match, BYU beat Manitoba - which has advanced to the Canadian national championships 16 of the last 17 years - 11-15, 15-9, 15-8 and 15-12. BYU junior Ethan Watts was named the Most Valuable Player while junior Pat Sinclair was chosen for the All-Tournament Team.

- Swimming - After a second-place finish in last years WAC race, BYU heads to Albuquerque Friday to face its first opponent of the year, the New Mexico Lobos. Last year New Mexico took third in the WAC championships behind BYU and Utah.

The BYU diving team will also be in action in Albuquerque under new head coach and former Olympian Keith Russell. After the meet with New Mexico, the team will then travel to Las Cruces, N.M., to face New Mexico State on Saturday.