Kayla Kovar took the title in the shot put, discus and hammer throw.
SUU Strategic Communications

Track & Field Prepares for Conference with UVU Dual at Home

April 28, 2012
By SUU Strategic Communication

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CEDAR CITY, Utah - Apr. 28 - SUU Track & Field concluded a busy weekend at Eccles Coliseum with a successful dual meet against Utah Valley. The T-Birds broke into the record books and recorded several personal best finishes as they took on the Wolverines at home. The Coliseum also played host to Southern Utah's annual high school meet.

"It's good to see such strong performances by the athletes," assistant coach Nate Ott said. "It gives us a lot of confidence as we go into the conference championship."

Thrower Kayla Kovar led the Thunderbirds with three first-place finishes in the hammer, discus and shot put, and with a personal record in the discus and hammer. Kovar's discus mark of  165-7 set a new all-time best record for Southern Utah, while her hammer mark of 191-1 places second in the school's record books. Kovar's shot put toss of 50-3.50 also earned a first-place finish.

Sadi Hoyt also competed in the hammer throw, recording a personal best toss of 168-10 and also ranking among the top-ten school records. Whitney Fairbanks, Cheyenne Thatcher and Sarah Swalberg represented the T-Birds in the javelin, recording personal best marks of 139-8, 129-9, and 125-2.

The men were led in throws by Phillipe Renaud, who won the hammer throw with a personal best mark of 164-10 and improved his previous school record. Cody Olsen dominated the javelin with a first-place mark of 199-5, followed by Chris Johnson in second with a 176-1 toss.

The Thunderbirds also took the titles in several of the jumps, including a first-place finish in the women's pole vault by Chelsea Morley-Atkinson with a height of 10-11.75. Wade Nielson led the men's high jump with a mark of 6-6.75, while Kyle Kopp won the long jump with a mark of 23-8. Kopp's mark also improves his previous school record.

Kopp and Nielson also competed in the sprints, leading Southern Utah in the 200-meter dash with first- and second-place times of 22.22 and 22.39 respectively. Preston Myers earned a victory in the 100-meter dash with a first-place time of 10.61, also breaking into the record books with a personal best. The men also raced to a first-place finish over UVU in the 4x100-meter relay with a time of 41.86.

Jasmine Paicely-Mullins led the sprints on the women's side with a first-place time of 11.93 in the 100-meter dash, followed closely by Lindsay Terry in second with a 12.12 finish. Paicely-Mullins' time ranks second in the school record books, while Terry's time ranks eighth.

The distance team was led by Kaylee Coates in the 800-meter run, with a first-place time of 2:16.22, while Sylvia Bedford and Madalyn Jones led in the women's 3,000-meter run. Bedford and Jones finished first and second with respective times of 10:14.60 and 10:17.25.

Clinton Rhoton won the 3,000-meters on the men's side, crossing the finish line in 8:44.06, while Devan Antczak led SUU in the mile with a second-place time of 4:22.47.

Distance leaders Cameron Levins and Diana Medina-Mitchell were not able to compete at home, as they are on the road to compete in Stanford's Payton Jordan Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif., on Sunday.

The rest of the team will now take a small break from competition as Southern Utah prepares for the Summit League Outdoor Championship, set for May 10-12 in Fargo, N.D.