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TRACK AND FIELD: The Wolverines performed well after a two week layoff as they broke two more school records Saturday at the Boise State Team Invitational in Nampa, Idaho.

Allah Laryea-Akrong had another stellar day for the Wolverines as he broke his own school record in the men's 200m dash as well as being UVU's top finisher in both the 60 and 200m dashes. Laryea-Akrong won the 200 with a blazing time of 21.50 (school record) and tied Utah State's Mike Pyrtle for second place in the 60 (6.83).

The second new school record came in the men's 4x400m relay as UVU's "A" team of Andrew Graham, Justin Tungate, Allah Laryea-Akrong, and Mike Keith broke it as they placed second overall in the event finishing with the time of 3:17.18.

UVU freshman distance runner Trac Norris also had a huge day he won the men's 1-mile run with a time of 4:14.03 and was also UVU's top finisher in the 800m run as he finished in third place third (1:52.91). Spencer Evensen led the way in the men's 3000m run as he came in fourth with a time of 8:44.71.

Wolverine senior hurdlers, Andrew Graham and Kenneth Boggs, performed strongly in the men's 60m hurdles as Graham placed fourth (8.38) and Boggs sixth (8.54). UVU's Chandler Rieske, finished in sixth place in the two day long men's heptathlon as he finished with 4376 total points. Mike Keith led UVU in the men's 400m dash as he placed third and finished with a time of 49.18.

In the men's high jump, freshmen Kenny Millard and Scott Moake placed third and fourth respectively as they both finished with marks of 6-06.75. Fellow freshman Dean Swimmer led UVU in the long jump as he finished in fourth place with a jump of 23-02.75.

UVU's women's relay team of Zandrea Nelson, Amanda Morse, Becca Brown, and Chelsea Baker just missed setting a new school record in the women's 4x400m relay as the Wolverines "A" team finished with a time of 3:52.81 which was good enough for fourth place in the event.

UVU finished one, two, and three in the women's 1-mile run as Shelise Walker won the event (5:02.81), Aleina Eisenhauer placed second (5:09.13), and Brooke Hodson third (5:10.36). Walker also ran well in the 3000m run as came in third place (10:19.05) while her teammate Angela Baker finished right behind her as she placed fourth (10:21.81).

Amanda Morse led the UVU women's short sprinters as she finished in third place in the 60m dash with a time of 7.77 and sixth in the 200m dash (25.02)..

In the throwing events, UVU was led from Becky Reeves who placed fifth in the women's weight throw (15.56m). Maryn Pincock placed seventh (12.55m) in shot put while Reeves finished right behind her, placing eighth (12.03m). Freshman Makira Kuan led the Wolverine women's team in the high jump as she placed fourth with a height of 5-03 while Whitney Aste came in third with the same mark.

Utah Valley will have its final season tune up next Sat., Feb. 20, when it will compete at the Wildcat Open in Ogden. The Great West Conference Championships will then follow the week after, Feb. 26-27, in Vermillion, S.D.

SOFTBALL: The Wolverines concluded the Red Desert Classic in St. George Saturday with a 10-4 victory over Idaho State and a narrow 4-3 loss to UC Santa Barbara.

Friday, the Wolverines (2-2) beat Maine 10-8 on a three-run walk-off homer by Kyli Flanary before losing to San Jose State, 7-3.

"The girls played well. It was our first time out," UVU head coach Todd Fairbourne said. "I'm happy with how we played. My expectations are every bit as high as when the season started."

Freshman right-hander Heather Bacon picked up her first win of the year by scattering 12 hits and striking out nine in 6 2/3 innings against the Bengals.

Offensively, she got help from Charlee Cisneros, Amber Sackett and Shaylyn Varney, who had two RBIs each.

The Wolverines scored three runs in the bottom of the first and added another in the second to lead 4-1, and then broke the game open with six runs in the fourth. Cherylyn McGraw drove in a pair of runs in the inning, while Sackett and Varney drove in one each in the frame.

Meghan Woodworth, Cisneros and Megan Gardner, the first three hitters for the Wolverines, scored two runs each in the contest.

In the loss to Santa Barbara, the Wolverines gave up three runs in the bottom of the first inning and couldn't recover. UVU trailed 4-0 after three innings before scoring two in the fourth on a two-run single by Flanary.

"Even though we lost, that was our most complete game of the tournament - pitching, hitting and fielding," Fairbourne said.

The Wolverines scored a run in the seventh on a pinch-hit single by Varney, who went 3-for-3 on the day.

Utah Valley is back in action on Feb. 27-28 when they play a four-game series at Cal State Bakersfield.