PROVO, Utah -- Sophomore distance runner Trac Norris broke Utah Valley's school record Thursday in the 1-mile run at the BYU Cougar Invitational.
Norris not only set a new school record in the race with an altitude adjusted time of 4:04.40 but he also qualified for the NCAA championship in the 1,500-meter run with the blazing adjusted time of 3:46.29. The Wolverine sophomore's time in the 1-mile run was also good enough for second place in the event.
Behind Norris' standout performance, UVU also won six individual events at the meet. Junior Michael McPherson led the way by taking home the 200-meter dash as well as the long jump, while sophomore Aisha Graham won the women's 800 meters, sophomore Chris Brower took the 3,000-meter steeplechase and fellow sophomores Mike Keith and Sam Sweet earned first-place finishes the men's and women's 400-meter dashes. McPherson won the 200 meters with a time of 21.22 seconds and the long jump with a mark of 7.20m or 23'-07.50" while Graham earned her 800 meter victory with a time of 2:14.25, Brower took his steeplechase in 9:54.53 and Keith and Sweet won their races with respective times of 49.02 and 57.42.
McPherson's 21.22 seconds in the 200-meter dash should also be good fast enough for an NCAA qualifying mark in the event as well.
"We had some solid performances, which included a number of personal bests in nearly every event." UVU head coach Scott Houlesaid said. "Today's meet was a good tune-up for us and I'm pleased with how well our kids competed."