OREM, Utah — The Utah Valley track and field team competed in the UVU Collegiate Invitational Friday marking the first-ever event at home in Wolverine history. UVU captured 12 first-place finishes and broke two school records during the meet.
On its new Hal Wing Track & Field, UVU welcomed teams from BYU, Utah, Utah State, Weber State and Mesa State from Grand Junction Colo.
“Kids seemed to really enjoy themselves from all the schools,” UVU head coach Scott Houle said. “We had a lot of compliments on how the meet went and what a great facility we have. The meet went as good as you possibly could expect.”
Two of the Wolverines’ first-place finishes came from senior Andrew Graham who won the men’s 110m hurdles with a time of 14.87 seconds and the 400m hurdles in 53.53.
“There’s nothing that really can explain it,” said Graham. “Being able to come out and have your own facility and be able to walk on it, train on it, and run with your teammates on it, it just completes the program. This is my fifth season, and my whole time here we’ve been at Mountain View or Orem High School and its different now, to have your own track. It’s awesome.”
Senior Tiera Zaugg-Hansen finished fourth in the women’s 100m hurdles and waited six seasons to compete in a home event.
“I think it’s been incredible. For me to be here for this long, it’s just been so awesome to see how much the program has grown every year” she said. “I’m just so amazed looking back to where we started when I first came, and where it is now. It’s just surreal to be here on this track and actually be competing.”
UVU’s Kodi Kleven and Maryn Pincock both set new school records winning their events. Kleven won the women’s 5000m run in 17:01.19 and Pincock, who was competing unattached, won the women’s discus with a throw of 47.61m.
Joshua McCabe finished first in the men’s 1500m run with a time of 3:55.07 while Skylar Burningham won the 400m in 48.02, and Tim Rowberry finished at the top of the 800m finals with a time of 1:52.55.
In the women’s 100m, Anna Yeboah was able to finish with a time of 12.14, which was also good enough to land a first place finish. UVU’s Megan Burr managed to win the 400m hurdles in a time of 1:02.33 and Zandrea Nelson took the 200m finals with 24.09. Nelson also placed second in the 400m dash with a time of 55.45.
UVU’s men’s relay teams too topped the lists Friday as they won the 4×100 with a time of 42.75 and the 4×400 in a time of 3:17.22.
In the men’s pole vault Jacob Hull placed second with a mark of 14′-07.25″.
“You could tell our teams felt good about running on their own facility and feeling good about being able to represent their school, on their own campus,” Houle said. “It’s been really nice for them.”
UVU’s track and field teams will be back in action at home, next Saturday, April 9, in a dual against Idaho State. The dual will be the second time the Wolverines will compete on their new Hal Wing Track & Field. Hal Wing Track & Field will then host its third meet May 12-14, when the Wolverines will welcome all Great West Conference opponents for the 2011 GWC Outdoor Championships.