Cougars wrap up track titles

Published May 15, 2010 11:15 pm
State colleges » BYU men win their 11th straight MWC championship.
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The BYU men's and women's track teams wrapped up Mountain West Conference championships on Saturday in Albuquerque, N.M.

The Cougar men tallied 211 points to claim their 11th consecutive title. New Mexico finished second with 153 points, followed by TCU (149).

BYU's Chris Reno won the javelin throw with a conference-record mark of 240 feet, 8 inches. Other BYU winners included Daniel Lawson in the shot put (60-31/4), Ryan Waite in the 800 meters (1 minute, 48.73 seconds) and Chris Little in the pole vault (17-81/2).

BYU's 1,600-meter relay team (Derek McAllister, Kevin Beisinger, Waite and Rhyan Atrice) won in 3:08.81. Atrice received the baton in second place, but closed in and passed the TCU anchor to lead the Cougars to victory.

The BYU women started the day in third place, but dominated Saturday's competition to win with 204 points, 83 points ahead of second-place TCU (121).

BYU's Mindy McClurkin won the 100 meters in 11.66 seconds and the 200 meters in a BYU-record 23.32.

Fatima Makakala, Porshe Giddings, Amy Otis and McClurkin won the 400-meter relay in 44.76 seconds.

Utah finished sixth in the women's competition, with Alyssa Abbott winning the 1,500 meters in 4:29.98.

In Ruston, La., Utah State won its second straight Western Athletic Conference men's outdoor title, and the USU women finished fourth.

Utah State's Mike Pyrtle won the 100 meters in 10.51 seconds, and also helped USU win the 1,600-meter relay in 40:38.

» Weber State's Branden Shimada, Cylor Morgan, Tyler McBee and Taylor Pebley won the 1,600-meter relay in 3:12.06 at the Big Sky Conference meet in Ogden, helping the Wildcats claim the conference title. WSU tallied 173.50 points, edging Northern Arizona (169).


Utah 25, UNLV 5 » In Las Vegas, C.J. Cron and Nik Gumeson each hit grand slams as the Utes snapped an eight-game losing streak.

Cron was 3-for-5 with a walk, scoring four runs with eight RBIs. Gumeson was 3-for-6 with two home runs and six RBIs.

BYU 16, San Diego State 10 » In Provo, BYU reliever Kevin Sloan had three strikeouts in 22?3 innings to earn the win as the Cougars completed a three-game sweep of the Aztecs. Stephen Wells, Alex Wolfe and Jonathan Cluff had three RBIs each for BYU (23-27, 10-11 MWC).

UVU 7-24, NJIT 1-7 » In Orem, Utah Valley had a school-record 28 hits in Game 2 to sweep the doubleheader.


BYU 7, Utah 2 » Angeline Quiocho hit a bases-loaded single in the top of the ninth inning to give BYU the lead over host Utah, and the Cougars clinched their second straight MWC title.

SLCC 6, Southern Idaho 2 » Jordyn McDonald drove in three runs, and also struck out five batters over two innings on the mound as the host Bruins wrapped up the Region 18 title.


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