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TRACK AND FIELD: Brianna LeRoy of the University of Utah women's track and field team competed in the pentathlon Thursday afternoon at the Mountain West Conference Indoor Championships in Albuquerque. She received fourth overall with a total of 3519 points, a new career best.

"Brianna did a great job today," said Head Coach Kyle Kepler. "That is how you like to start a big meet like this. She worked hard and had a lot of success in the 60-meter hurdles and the 800-meter run. This sends a positive message to the rest of our team and should get them even more excited about tomorrow."

In the 60m hurdles, LeRoy crossed the line in 9.04 for a new personal best to tally 902 points to her total score. She also set a new lifetime personal best in the 800m run with a time of 2:37.57 (601 points).

During the high jump, LeRoy tallied 783 points after a clearance of 5-4.5 (1.64m). In the long jump, she had a mark of 18-3.0 (5.56m) to earn 717 points towards her overall score. LeRoy had a toss of 32-1.5 in the shot put to earn 516 points.

SOFTBALL: At Cathedral City, Calif., freshman shortstop Kelsi Hoopiiaina went 3-for-5 at the plate but the University of Utah softball team dropped a 4-2 decision to Oregon and was dealt an 11-0 loss in five innings to No. 19/21 Fresno State Thursday during the first day of the Cathedral City Classic at the Big League Dreams Sports Park. Utah dropped to 7-5 this season.

Against Oregon, Hoopiiaina and senior center fielder Kara Foster both went 2-for-3 at the plate with an RBI apiece against Oregon starter Sam Killingstad. Despite pitching her sixth complete game in 2010, senior right-hander Ashley Smuda suffered her first loss of the season and is now 7-1.

Utah got off to another quick start offensively in the top of the first inning for the 11th time in as many games this season. Foster knocked an RBI single on a full-count pitch over the shortstop for her 11th RBI this season and the 140th of her career.

The Utes kept their offensive momentum going in the second inning when Hoopiiaina, a Riverton, Utah native, came up with the fifth RBI of her career after hitting a single to left field.

Oregon got on the board in the bottom of the third inning when Kaylan Howard hit a solo home run inside the left-field foul pole. UO would go on to score three more runs and take a 4-2 win.

In the second game Fresno State scored 11 runs in the second and third innings to hand Utah an 11-0 defeat in five innings in the second game of the day. This was the first game this season in which the Utes failed to score in the first inning and were not the first team to push a run across the plate.

Utah continues its Cathedral City Classic tomorrow against Baylor at 11 a.m. MT.