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UVU track: McPherson sets school record and wins heptathlon at WAC Champs

Senior Michael McPherson broke his own indoor track and field Utah Valley University school record in the heptathlon and won the event with 5,546 points at the Western Athletic Conference Indoor Track and Field Championships on Friday.

Behind McPherson in second place is sophomore Rusty Jones with 5,338 points, Chris Canseco in fifth place with 4,087 points and Chandler Rieske rounding out the group with 3,782 points for seventh place.

McPherson won the 1000m portion of the heptathlon with a time of 2:52.97 seconds for 735 points and also claimed the 60m hurdles victory for a time of 8.33 seconds for 900 points.

Sophomore Rusty Jones and McPherson tied for first place alongside Timothy Ryan from Grand Canyon in the pole vault with a mark of 4.60m for 790 points each.

“Michael competed how we expected him today. He had quite a few personal records in his respected events that were able to help him do better. It was great to see his progress today and watch his outstanding performance,” head coach Scott Houle said. “The men and women’s distance medley relay teams both ran extremely well. They were able to control the race and win, but not drain themselves so they will have a reservoir of energy for their events tomorrow. The men’s 5000m was fun to watch, and our men earned us more points than we anticipated. Bryce Richards and Megan Elmont had PR’s, and it was great to see that progress when we needed it at the peak of our indoor season. Tomorrow is going to be a fun day, UMKC and GCU have a lot of points, but everyone is here to compete.”

The men’s and women’s distance medley relay teams won their respective events, with the men running a time of 9:53.74 and the women with a time of 12:46.66. The women’s team consisted of sophomore Harley Murray, freshman Jasmine Nesbitt, and juniors Taylor Gomez and Samantha Sweet. The men’s team was made up of freshmen Tyson Lambert, Jake Morgan, Joseph Christensen and junior Gary Hatch.

In the men’s 5000m run, four Wolverines swept the top four places with Jason Lynch leading the group with a time of 15:40.96. Logan Petty was second across the line with a time of 15:48.72, closely followed by Brenden Emery with a time of 15:53.22. Chris Brower rounded out the group with a time of 16:04.62.

Scott Moake tied for second place with a mark of 1.99m in the high jump. Bryce Richards earned second place in the triple jump with a mark of 14.25m.

Megan Elmont had a career best jump in the long jump with a mark of 5.67m and finished in fourth place overall.

Junior Cole Eisenhour is the first seed entering the 60m hurdles race Saturday after a first-place finish in the preliminaries with a time of 8.15 seconds.

After two days of competition, the Utah Valley men lead with 99 points, ahead of Grand Canyon with 49.50 points. The Grand Canyon women are leading with 73 points, while Utah Valley rests in second place with 53 points before the final day of competition.

The championship meet wraps up Saturday with the final running and field events, with the victors being crowned following the completion of the meet. Live results, a meet schedule and complete results can be found on UVU's website.