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Track and field

The Utah Valley men’s and women’s track and field teams finished an impressive 2008 season as each were crowned the National Athletic Conference 2008 Outdoor Track and Field Champions. Combined, the two teams won 22 of the 46 total events held at the five-team NAC Championships and set eight new school records on the year.

Wolverine head coach Scott Houle won National Athletic Conference Coach of the Year honors for both the men’s and women’s teams. Senior sprinter Mariama Salifu was awarded the NAC Female Athlete of the Year, and freshman runner Chelsea Baker earned the NAC Female Newcomer of the Year.

"It was a good year for us," Houle said. "We met our goal to win the National Athletic Conference Championships, and we were also able to continue to set multiple individual records throughout the season. It was good to see our young talent step up and produce when needed, as well as have consistent contributions from our mature athletes."


Utah Valley head wrestling coach Greg Williams announced his 2008-2009 signees Wednesday, a list that includes seven accomplished grapplers from Utah and Nevada. With the additions of these top recruits, UV will look to make an impact in the Western Wrestling Conference (WWC) in the 2008-09 season.

Adam Fager: Fager is a two-time Utah State Champion and All-American. Adam will compete at 197 pounds.

Trey Edmunds: From Damonte Ranch High School in Nevada, Edmunds was a state champion this past season and is a two-time finalist.

Josh Wilson: A two-time All-American, Wilson signed in the fall and was a two-time state champion from Morgan High School in Utah. He was a National Champion at the High School Nationals as a junior and placed third as a senior.

Paul Johnson: A three-time state champion from Lone Peak High School, he will compete at Utah Valley for one year before serving an LDS mission. He will compete at 133 pounds.

Wyatt Ray: Ray is a two-time Utah High School finalist and a State Champion from Roy High School.

Nicko Paraso: Paraso, a three-time state placer, two-time finalist and a Utah State High School Champion, will compete at 125 pounds for Utah Valley.

Nick Flores: Flores is also a three-time state placer, placing sixth as a sophomore, second as a junior, and third as a senior. He previously wrestled for Coach Williams in the Elite Wrestling Club. He will compete at 125 pounds for the Wolverines.

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