UVU finishes strong at the 2023 BYU Cougar Collegiate Indoor Invitational 

The Wolverines had several top-10 finishes and a few first-overall finishes in their second meet of the indoor track season.

Aaron Johnson and coach Paul Smith talk things over (Photo courtesy of UVU Athletics).

The Utah Valley University track & field team competed at the 2023 Brigham Young University Cougar Collegiate Indoor Invitational in Provo, Utah from Thursday, Jan. 12 through Saturday, Jan. 14. 

The Wolverines had an array of excellent performances, with several athletes placing top 10 overall in their respective events, as well as first-place finishes in their event groups. 

The Wolverines competed against every Utah-based college that had a track & field team, as well as Idaho State University, in this meet. 

Madison Clark took second overall in the women’s pentathlon events, recording a 60-meter hurdle time of 9.52 seconds, high jump height of 5’5’’, shot put distance of 31’1.25’’, a long jump distance of 16’3.25’’, and 800-meter race time of 2:38.72. 

Meg Walker finished fifth overall with a 60-meter hurdle time of 9.68 seconds, a high jump height of 4’11’’, a shot put distance of 30’9.75’’, a long jump distance of 16’6.75’’, and an 800-meter race time of 2:31.76. 

Tylee Davis finished 11th in the pentathlon events with a 60-meter hurdle time of 9.69 seconds, a high jump height of 5’0.25’’, a shot put distance of 20’9.50’’, a long jump of 16’6’’, and an 800-meter race time of 2:39.14.

Both the Wolverines who competed in the men’s heptathlon events had top-three finishes. 

Neal Berkey finished first overall with a 60-meter time of 7.26 seconds, a 23’ long jump, a 36’10.25’’ shot put, a 6’5.25’’ high jump, an 8.37 second 60-meter hurdle time, a 15’11’’ pole vault height, and a 1,000-meter race time of 2:57.30. 

Joey Trageser took third overall with a 60-meter time of 7.35 seconds, a 19’5’’ long jump, a shot put of 29’3.50’’, a high jump of 5’9’’, 60-meter hurdle time of 9.03 seconds, a pole vault height of 12’11’’, and a 1,000-meter race time of 2:55.44. 

Geramie Hardaway Jr. took sixth overall in the men’s 60-meter hurdle race, including first place in heat four, with a time of 8.38 seconds. The time qualified Hardaway for the 60-meter hurdle race final where he once again finished sixth overall with a time of 8.41 (8.403) seconds. 

Quincy Bonds took second overall for the Wolverines in the women’s 60-meter hurdle race, and first place in heat one, with a time of 8.86 seconds. Paige Young took fifth overall with a time of 8.90 seconds and Kali McEuen was the third Wolverine to finish in the top 10 with a time of 8.97 seconds. 

All three qualified for the 60-meter hurdle race final where Bonds finished fourth overall with a time of 8.80 seconds, Young finished in sixth place with a time of 8.87 seconds, and McEuen finished in seventh place with a time of 8.91 seconds. 

Five Wolverines rounded out the top 10 in the men’s 60-meter sprint. Aaron Johnson took second overall in the event with a time of 6.86 seconds while finishing first in heat nine. Caleb Furnell finished right behind in third place, finishing with the same time, and took first place in heat six. Ryan Tenn took fifth overall with a time of 6.89 seconds, followed by Mikhail Carvalho – who finished in sixth – at 6.91 seconds, and Kade Thompson who took ninth overall with a time of 6.97 seconds.

The four Wolverines qualified for the men’s 60-meter race final. This time around, Johnson took first overall with a time of 6.75 seconds. Furnell took second overall with a time of 6.80 seconds and Carvalho finished in fourth place with a time of 6.83 seconds; Tenn finished sixth overall with a time of 6.85 seconds. 

Bonds had another second overall finish in the women’s 60-meter sprint with a time of 7.74 seconds. Emma Johnson took sixth overall with a time of 7.81 seconds and Krista Farley rounded up the top 10 for the Wolverines, finishing in ninth place with a time of 7.82 seconds.

Bonds and Johnson qualified for the women’s 60-meter final, with Johnson finishing fourth overall at 7.74 seconds and Bonds fifth overall with a time of 7.75 seconds. 

Cameron Franklin and Seth Dabb recorded top-five finishes for the Wolverines in the men’s 400-meter race. Franklin finished fourth overall with a time of 49.68 seconds while Dabb finished fifth overall with a time of 49.73 seconds while winning the fourth heat. 

Larissa Dabb took first overall in the women’s 400-meter race with a time of 57.09 seconds followed by Ella Hopper, who placed second, with a time of 57.42 seconds. Kimball Clements also recorded a top-10 finish, taking 10th overall with a time of 1:01.95. 

Habtamu Cheney led the way for UVU in the men’s mile race, placing 11th overall with a time of 4:19.20. Adam Bunker followed with a time of 4:22.12, finishing 13th overall, and Adrian Jones rounded out the top 15, finishing 15th overall and with a time of 4:23.48.  

For the women’s mile, Wolverines Madison Flippence and Hailey Odekirk rounded out the top 20, finishing 13th and 17th, respectively. Flippence had a time of 5:13.69 and Odekirk posted a time of 5:19.37.

Jacob Egan gave UVU another top-five finish in the 800-meter race, taking fourth overall with a time of 1:54.54. Sydney Dennis took seventh overall with a distance of 34’1.75’’. 

For the women’s 200-meter race, UVU had six top-25 finishers. Dabb led the way for the Wolverines, finishing in fourth place with a time of 25.58 seconds followed consecutively by Johnson in fifth place with a time of 25.68 seconds and Hopper in sixth place with a time of 25.71 seconds. Amy Ballard, Farley, and Olivia Pixton finished out the top 25 for the Wolverines finishing 11th (26 seconds), 18th (26.56 seconds), and 23rd (26.78 seconds); respectively. 

Austin Hone led the way for the Wolverines in the men’s 3,000-meter race as he took third overall with a time of 8:25.53, finishing 2.66 seconds behind first place. Joel Mendez took seventh overall with a time of 8:29.46 and Max Mahon finished in 11th place with a time of 8:36.10. 

Everlyn Kemboi took second overall in the women’s 3,000-meter race with a time of 9:34.78. Emma Mahon was the next Wolverine to finish, placing 17th overall with a time of 10:36.22. Kate Heywood finished 22nd overall with a time of 10:42.32. 

UVU had two teams – Utah Valley University Team A and Utah Valley University Team B – compete in the men’s 4×400-meter race. Team A finished first overall with a time of 3:17.56 and Team B finished sixth overall with a time of 3:29.83. 

In the women’s 4×400-meter race, the Wolverines had another “Team A” compete, which also took first overall with a time of 3:56.71. 

The Wolverines had two competitors in the men’s long jump, Johnson and Jordan Daw. Johnson took first overall with a distance of 24’10.5’’ while Daw took 11th with a distance of 20’8’’. 

Pixton led the way for the Wolverines in the women’s long jump, taking second overall with a distance of 18’4’’. Farley placed sixth with a distance of 18’0.25’’ and Kelsi Oldroyd rounded up the top seven with a distance of 17’10.25’’. 

Pixton also picked up another top-five finish in the women’s triple jump finals with a distance of 35’8’’. 

In the women’s pole vault portion of the meet, freshman Maysen Rollo took seventh overall with a height of 11’11’’. 

Seth Krauss and Carter Cook finished fifth and seventh, respectively, for the Wolverines in the men’s high jump. Krauss had a height of 6’7.50’’ while Cook had a height of 6’5.50’’. 

Joshua Clark finished fourth in men’s shot put with a throwing distance of 52’7’’ while Luis Diaz Bojorquez finished in sixth place with a throwing distance of 49’8’’. 

Austin Kleinman led the Wolverines in weight throws, placing sixth overall after a throwing distance of 50’0.25’’, followed by Clark and Bojorquez in seventh and eighth place, respectively. Clark threw for 49’1’’ and Bojorquez threw for 48’4.75’’. 

Elyssa Shaw and Jada Ragin placed 11th and 13th, respectively in the women’s weight throw, with Shaw throwing 47’6.50’’ and Ragin throwing 45’8’’. 

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The Wolverines will next compete in the Weber State Indoor Invitational on Friday, Jan. 20, and Saturday, Jan. 21 in Ogden, Utah.

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