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BYU women's track team places 2nd in meet

NEW YORK — The BYU women's track team proved why it ranks No. 3 in the country this weekend with a strong second-place team finish at the New Balance Invitational in New York City.

"This was an outstanding meet for our team," women's head coach Craig Poole said. "Our entire coaching staff is very pleased with our overall performance. Every part of our team contributed this weekend, and it was one of the best meets of the year."

Senior Mindy McClurkin headlined the Cougar team, as she placed third in the 200 meters (23.80) and led a strong comeback in the 4x200-meter relay to earn a first-place finish in 1:38.64. These accolades, along with her long jump (6.44m) victory Friday, earned McClurkin Athlete of the Meet honors.

Also contributing first place points to the BYU team total was sophomore All-American Lacey Cramer, who won her second 800-meter race in as many weeks. Cramer finished the race in 2:05.33, and was followed closely by teammates Angela Wagner in fourth (2:07.14) and Nachelle Stewart in fifth (2:08.38).

Another victory for the Cougars came in the 4x800-meter relay, featuring freshman Michelanne Laurent, Ashlee Thomas, Nicole Clark and freshman Lisa Drury. The team won the event in 8:47.76.

BYU also found success the field events, with sophomore Ada Robinson placing third in the high jump at 1.78-meters. Senior Tipaleli Fotu also contributed, as she finished fourth in the weight throw with a distance of 18.17 meters.

The Cougars led the meet in team points until the final event of the day, when defending national champion Texas A&M took the lead by two points after a third-place finish in the 4x400-meter relay.

"Any time you are up there competing with teams like Texas A&M for the win, you know you are in a good place," Poole said. "We were right there in the lead until the last event, but A&M won with class and did very well."

The No. 3 ranked Cougars will continue their season next weekend in their last meet before the MWC Championships, with a split team heading to the Air Force Open in Colorado Springs and the Husky Invitational in Seattle, Washington.

UNDEFEATED IOWA SHUTS OUT UVU: At Vernal, Utah Valley (8-3) fought hard but ended up dropping six very close decisions that resulted in a 38-0 Iowa (19-0) victory.

The momentum from Friday's win over Boise State gave UVU a lift, but it wasn't quite enough to topple the two-time defending National Champion Hawkeyes in Iowa senior 184-pounder Phillip Keddy's hometown of Vernal. The win for Iowa was its 57-consecutive dual victory.

"We let two matches get away from us tonight," UVU head coach Greg Williams said. "Ben (Kjar) and Flint (Ray) were both in position tonight to win but just couldn't finish. Overall this was a good match for us to improve on as we realized that we have some more things to learn before postseason."

At 133-pounds, UVU's Flint Ray hung right in with the No. 3 ranked wrestler in the nation in Iowa's Daniel Dennis. With Dennis leading 3-0 in the second, Ray took down Dennis and scored a two-point nearfall right before the end of the period to go up 4-3. In the third Ray scored another escape point to lead 5-3. Then with only a few mere seconds to go, Dennis scored a late takedown and with just over a minute of riding time he picked up the 6-5 decision over Ray.

The first bout of the night featured a rematch at 125-pounds between UVU's Benjamin Kjar (No. 11) and Iowa's Matt McDonough (No. 4) as Kjar dropped a hard fought decision (8-3) to the higher-ranked McDonough at the Midlands Championships in December.

McDonough scored first with an early takedown but Kjar answered right back with an escape and a takedown of his own, to go up 3-2. Before the end of the first McDonough reversed Kjar's hold and got a nearfall to go up 6-3 at the end of one. In the second, Kjar picked up an escape point to trail by only two points. Kjar battled hard in the final period looking for a takedown, but McDonough ended up with the 7-4 decision win.

At 165, UVU's Jeb Clark battled with No. 4 Ryan Morningstar from Iowa. Clark found himself down only 2-1 entering the final period. In the third, with Morningstar now up 3-1, Clark came very close to scoring the takedown but just couldn't finish it as Morningstar held on to win the very tight 3-1 decision.

Utah Valley's Brad Darrington (174) battled a very close match with the No. 1 Jay Borschel of Iowa. Darrington tied the score at two-all as he scored an escape early in the second. The undefeated Borschel then followed by scoring a takedown to go up 4-2. Borschel then picked up an escape point and a takedown to lead 7-2. Borschel won the hard fought bout by decision, 8-2.

In the feature bout of the evening, UVU's Casen Eldredge (184) took on Iowa's hometown-kid, Phillip Keddy (No. 12). Keddy scored a takedown in the first but Eldredge followed with an escape to only trail 2-1. In the second, Keddy broke free scored an escape and followed with a takedown to lead 5-1. Eldredge then answered back with an escape of his own to trail by three. Keddy held on in the final period to win by decision, 9-3.

At 197, Utah-native Luke Lofthouse of the Hawkeyes also lead early over UVU's Josh Wood but Wood fought back as he got within 8-5 in the third. Lofthouse held on to win by decision, 12-5.

In other matches Iowa's No. 7 Montell Marion (141) defeated UVU's Jeffrey Newby by major decision, 20-7; the Hawkeyes No. 1 Brent Metcalf (149) pinned UVU's Justin Morrill (1:43); Iowa's Jake Kerr picked up a 12-4 major decision over the Wolverines' Clay Frost. Iowa's Dan Erekson (No. 10) also picked up a forfeit victory at heavyweight to conclude the dual.

Next UVU will be back at home Friday, Feb. 12, to host conference foe South Dakota State at 4 p.m. The dual will be televised locally on UVU-TV.

No. 1 Iowa 38, Utah Valley 0

125 - No. 4 Matt McDonough (I) Dec., No. 11 Benjamin Kjar (UVU), 7-4

133 - No. 3 Daniel Dennis (I) Dec., Flint Ray (UVU), 6-5

141 - No. 7 Montell Marion (I) Maj. Dec., Jeffrey Newby (UVU), 20-7

149 - No. 1 Brent Metcalf (I) Pinned Justin Morrill (UVU), 1:43

157 - Jake Kerr (I) Maj. Dec., Clay Frost (UVU), 12-4

165 - No. 4 Ryan Morningstar (I) Dec., Jeb Clark (UVU), 3-1

174 - No. 1 Jay Borschel (I) Dec., Brad Darrington (UVU), 8-2

184 - No. 12 Phillip Keddy (I) Dec., Casen Eldredge (UVU), 9-3

197 - Luke Lofthouse (I) Dec., Josh Wood (UVU), 12-5

Hwt. - No. 10 Dan Erekson (I) Wins by Forfeit