GYMNASTICS: Southern Utah hit on all four events and Denver struggled on bars Thursday night as the Thunderbird gymnasts upset No. 14 Denver, 195.525-195.150 in women's gymnastics. Denver won three of four events, taking vault 49.175-48.700 and narrowly defeating the Thunderbirds on both beam 48.925-48.625 and floor 49.400-49.300, but the Thunderbirds came out ahead of the Pioneers 48.900-47.650 on bars.
Southern Utah's score was its highest ever this early in the season as the Thunderbirds bettered the 193.025 they scored in the second meet the past two years by over two full points.
Southern Utah's Carly Geronimo was second in the all-around and tied for first on bars. SUU's Sheena Shaw was third in the all-around at 38.550.
TRACK: BYU track star Amy Menlove was named the Mountain West Conference Athlete of the Week on Tuesday after a strong showing at last week's Cougar Indoor Invitational.
The 5-foot-6 sophomore won all three events in which she competed, the pentathlon, the long jump and the 60-meter hurdles. Menlove, a native of Sandy, also received NCAA provisional qualifying marks in the pentathlon and long jump.
VOLLEYBALL: After an outstanding season as the Mountain West Conference's leading blocker, BYU's Lindsy Hartsock has been named the 2004 blocker of the year by Collegiate Volleyball Update magazine.
Hartsock finished the season averaging 1.86 blocks per game. She received MWC player of the week recognition and all-MWC honors. The 6-4 sophomore led the Cougars in blocks in 21 of BYU's 30 matches and recorded a career-high 13 against then-No. 10 Colorado State on Nov. 12. She reached double-digit blocks four times.
FOOTBALL BANQUET: Utah State will hold its postseason football banquet on Saturday to honor the senior class. It will be held in the ballroom of the Taggart Student Center at 4 p.m. The cost is $25. To attend, contact Vicky in the football office at (435) 797-1870 today.
WOMEN'S TENNIS: The University of Utah women's tennis team begins the 2005 season matching up against No. 27 Oregon, No. 64 UC Irvine and Portland on the road. Competition takes place Friday and Sunday in Eugene, Ore. Utah finished 7-16 overall last season and 1-6 in the conference, tied for sixth place. The team has added Lisa Blomquist, Tamarin Espinoza, Elizabeth Ferris and Cheyenne Reveche.
BASKETBALL: The Salt Lake Community College men's and women's basketball teams return to SWAC action Jan. 28-29. Both teams will host Snow College. Tipoffs are at 5:30 and 7:30 p.m. at Bruin Arena.
TRACK: Weber State senior Nina Wade has been selected as the Big Sky women's track athlete of the week, the league announced Tuesday. Wade won the honor after winning two events at the Snake River Open in Pocatello last Saturday.