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INDOOR TRACK AND FIELD: Southern Utah's Cameron Levins and Sharla Manuele have been named the Summit League Men's and Women's Indoor Track and Field Athletes of the Week after the duo broke a pair of school records and broke another mark that the world never thought would happen last weekend.
Manuele blazed to an NCAA provisional time in the women's 3,000 meters in Washington to best the school record by almost 20 seconds. She was the second collegiate athlete to cross the finish line, finishing in fourth place overall with a time of 9:25.21. The time is No. 16 in the nation so far this year.
Levins broke the four-minute threshold in the mile at the UW Invitational, becoming the first Thunderbird to accomplish the feat. Levins' time of 3:59.80 in the mile broke the school record by more than four seconds and was close to five seconds faster than his previous career best. Levins' time was also an NCAA provisional qualifying mark and ranks No. 7 in the nation at this point of the season.
Southern Utah track and field will be back in action this coming weekend when the Thunderbirds travel to Pocatello for the Mountain States Games and the NAU Team Challenge on the campus of Northern Arizona University.
MEN'S GOLF: Southern Utah University's men's golf team opens its 2010 spring season at home next week when it hosts the sixth annual Pat Hicks Thunderbird Invitational at Sunbrook Golf Course in St. George, Utah.
The 36-hole tournament will be contested on Monday and Tuesday over the Point and Black Rock nines at Sunbrook. The tournament will play at par-72 over the 6,758-yard layout.
Eleven teams are scheduled to compete this year, including Boise State, Utah State, Oral Roberts, UMKC, Western Illinois, Butler, Seattle, IPFW, College of Charleston, Cal State Fullerton and host Southern Utah.
Five players will compete for the Thunderbirds, including junior Brad Millard and sophomores Jeff Evans, John Lindsay, Doug Fowles and Jordan Orth, while SUU sophomore Justin Bateman will compete as an individual.
Fowles, Orth and Bateman will be competing in their first tournaments for the Thunderbirds after joining the team at mid-year.
San Jose State claimed the team title last year after firing a final-round 293 to finish at eight-over-par 584 and out-distance Washington State (590), Cal State Northridge (591), Denver and Southern Utah (598). Kentucky claimed the team championship in 2008 to break a two-year string of SUU wins.
WOMEN'S ATHLETICS: The Southern Utah University Athletics Department will host the third annual Ladies Auction, a dinner and auction in support of SUU women's athletics, on Wednesday, Feb. 10, in the ballroom of the Sharwan Smith Center in Cedar City. The event is scheduled to begin at 6 p.m. and will cost $25 per person.
"This has been a great event over the past two years," SUU Athletic Director Ken Beazer said. "The people behind the scenes do a great job to organize and plan, what has become, a quality event for all who attend."
The night will include a dinner and both a live and silent auction with all proceeds earmarked to benefit female student-athletes. Items that will be available during the live auction include several golf packages, Utah Jazz tickets and a trip for two to see the Thunderbirds face the San Jose State Spartans on the football field this fall.
Doors are scheduled to be opened at 6 p.m., but early birds can come as soon as 5:30 p.m. to preview silent auction items and receive five dollars in "auction bucks". The silent auction will close at 7 p.m. when dinner will be served with a brief presentation to follow. The live auction will wrap up the evening.