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Y. Hall of Fame to induct 4 players, coach

PROVO — Four former All-Americans and a national hall of fame coach will be inducted into the Brigham Young University Athletic Hall of Fame tomorrow.

In a ceremony in the Cougar Room at LaVell Edwards Stadium at 7 p.m., former NFL All-Pro tight end Chad Lewis, Bruce Kleege (tennis), Cathy Nixon (basketball), Tea Nieminen (volleyball) and Gary Pullins (baseball) will be honored. They will also be recognized during BYU's game against Eastern Washington on Saturday.

More than 150 athletes, coaches and administrators have been inducted into the BYU Athletic Hall of Fame since its inception in 1975. Among the criteria to be considered are All-American status, university graduation, professional accomplishments and community service.

CROSS COUNTRY: At Pre-Nationals in Terre Haute, Ind., the women's and men's teams placed sixth and 11th, respectively.

The mid-season meet was broken down into four separate races, with the No. 15 women running in the 6K white race against 35 other teams, and the men participating in the 8K blue race versus 38 other squads.

The women were led by Angela Wagner, while the men were paced by Stephan Shay. Both Wagner and Shay finished in 26th place.

Both teams will run in the Mountain West Conference Championships Oct. 27 in San Diego.

WOMEN'S GOLF: BYU finished in 9th among 16 teams in the Edean Ihlanfeldt Invitational in Sammamish, Wash., last week.

Juli Erekson was the top Cougar finisher tied for 20th place after she shot an 11-over par 227. Teammate Natalia Jimenez was a stroke behind Erekson.

Southern Cal won the tournament, and host Washington finished tied for 12th.

BYU next plays in the Las Vegas Collegiate Showdown Oct. 29-31.

MEN'S GOLF: The Cougars ended up with a 2-over-par team score to finish 11th in the Jerry Pate National Intercollegiate tournament last Tuesday.

Sophomore Robbie Fillmore shot a 6-under-par 207 — good for 15th place — to lead the Cougars. The tournament, played on the Old Overton Club Course in Birmingham, Ala., was won by Mark Harrell of Alabama and East Tennessee State's Seamus Power.

BYU's Nick Killpack finished in 20th place with a 3-under par 210.

SWIMMING: Both the women and men started their season well, coming away with victories against Utah in the Don Reddish Relays on Friday and the University of New Mexico on Saturday.

Against the Utes, the women swept all 12 events, while the men won all but one in the unscored meet. Then on Saturday against the Lobos, the women won 185-56, again sweeping every event.

Both teams will be in action at home on Friday in the Blue/White Meet.

MEN'S TENNIS: Jonathan Sanchez and Cassidy Mears won the doubles title at the University of Utah Invitational last Saturday.

Sanchez and Mears — the only Cougars remaining in the tournament — came out victorious 8-6 in the final over Weber State's Sascha Kiehne and Fabio Mancarella.

The team is competing in the ITA Region VII Championships in Las Vegas, which began Wednesday and runs through Saturday.

WOMEN'S SOCCER: Hermann Trophy candidate Katie Larkin continued to garner honors when she was named to the Soccer Buzz Elite Team of the Week and Soccer America Team of the Week in addition to the Mountain West Conference Co-Offensive Player of the Week for her performances against Utah State and Arizona.

Then last Thursday, the Cougars won 4-1 over TCU. BYU got two goals from Larkin and one each from Nicole Urry and Katie Fellows.

On Saturday, the No. 14 Cougars lost their first game of the season, 1-0, to Utah. BYU (11-1-2, 1-1 in MWC action) gave up only four shots to the Utes and had 10 shots to its credit.

Next up for the Cougars is a pair of road games at San Diego State and Air Force, today and Saturday, respectively.

WOMEN'S VOLLEYBALL: BYU won a pair of league matches last week, first sweeping the Utah Valley State Wolverines, 30-26, 30-19, 30-13, then going on the road to defeat Utah, 25-30, 30-24, 30-23, 36-30, 15-7.

The victory against the Utes (7-10, 4-4 MWC) ended a six-match winless streak against Utah for the Cougars (13-5, 5-3) who next play at league-leader Colorado State tonight at 7.

ICE HOCKEY: The Cougars, now a university-sanctioned team, opened their season last week with two victories. BYU beat Long Beach State 3-2 on Friday and Utah 11-4 on Saturday.

BYU plays host to Utah Valley University on Friday at 8:30 p.m.

RUGBY: The Cougars (2-0) face Texas A&M on Friday at 7 p.m. at Helaman Field.

LACROSSE: BYU, 2-0 on the season, is on the road at Virginia Tech University. Today's game is at 4:30 p.m.


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