CROSS COUNTRY: Kip Kangogo has been selected the Mountain West Conference men's cross country athlete of the week, with San Diego State's Marie Nilsson earning the women's honor.
Kangogo, a junior from Kabarnet, Kenya, started the 2003 season by placing first out of 82 runners at the BYU Autumn Classic last weekend in Provo. He finished the four-mile event in a personal best 19 minutes and 33.4 seconds, 22.5 seconds faster than second-place finisher and teammate Nathan Robison.
Ranked No. 1 in the nation, the BYU women's team travels to Hawaii to compete in Saturday's Big Wave Invitational, sponsored by the University of Hawaii.
Making their first appearance of the season will be All-American Michaela Mannova and freshman Amber Harper. Also running will be freshman Kristy Barrus, redshirt freshmen Julie Cameron and Anne Heiner, juniors Jami Caldwell and Emily Raymond and senior Tiffany Rust.
"Although the race is scheduled to only be a 4K the women will still have to battle the humidity," women's head coach Patrick Shane said. "Although this will be a slight change for them, I am confident the girls will do well though especially with our two girls in their season openers. "
Joining BYU and Hawaii will be UCLA, last year's event winner and ranked No. 24 in the nation, as well as Hawaii-Hilo, Hawaii Pacific, Chaminade, BYU-Hawaii, UC Santa Cruz, Houston, San Diego State and the U.S. Naval Academy. The event will be run Saturday morning on the Klipper Golf COurse at the Kaneohe Marine Corps Base in Honolulu.
TENNIS: Utah State men's tennis team open's fall competition this week as it travels to Provo to compete in the BYU Invitational today through Saturday. Teams scheduled to compete include host BYU, Weber State, Utah, Colorado State and Boise State.
GOLF: Weber State's men's golf team will open its 2003 fall season this Friday through Sunday at the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational at the U.S. Air Force Academy. The tournament field includes: Air Force Academy, Boise State, Colorado-Colorado Springs, Denver, Grand Canyon, Gonzaga, Idaho, New Mexico, Northern Colorado, Portland, San Diego, Southern Colorado, Southern Utah, Texas-San Antonio, Utah, Weber State and Wyoming.
Meanwhile, Lynsey Myers of Weber State has been named the Big Sky Conference Golfer of the Week for the second straight week after finishing in a tie for 8th at the Oregon State Invitational. Myers shot a three-round total of 229.
FOOTBALL: Southern Utah returns to the road this week as the Thunderbirds travel to Cheney, Wash., to meet Eastern Washington. The Thunderbirds (1-2) are coming off their best game of the season, a 22-21 win over Stephen F. Austin. Eastern Washington (2-1) picked up a 48-29 win over Division II Central Washington last weekend.
Saturday's game will be the third meeting between the two teams. Each team has a win in the series.
WOMEN'S BASKETBALL: UVSC has released the women's basketball schedule for the 2003-2004 season.
The schedule includes matchups with all but one of the in-state schools. The Wolverines travel to play Oregon State, Washington State, Boise State, Montana State, and Iowa State. BYU, Idaho State, and Alaska-Anchorage highlight UVSC's home schedule.
"I'm very happy with the schedule we were able to put together. We play a lot of strong teams that should help prepare us for the future," said UVSC coach Cathy Nixon.
The men's schedule will be released next week.