Utah throwers dominate at BYU Invitational.
Jan. 12, 2013
PROVO, Utah - Competing at the BYU Invitational, the University of Utah women's throwing athletes dominated the field on Saturday.
"We had a very good day overall," Utah assistant coach Tapio Kuusela said following the meet. "Last night I did not want to cancel the meet due to the weather. I felt this would be a great opportunity to show where we are at against all the Utah schools."
The Utes recorded an impressive performance in the weight throw with six athletes qualifying for the final round. Capturing the event title was senior Anneli Stahl posting a mark of 60-06 feet. Cynthia Sanchez finished third overall with a throw of 55-6.25 feet.
Making her Utah debut was Aoife Hickey finishing in the fourth spot with a throw of 54-06 feet. Destanae Howerton-Davis (48-11.00 feet) and freshman Sosina Salima (45-4.50 feet) finished seventh and ninth, respectively for the Utes. Competing unattached was Nikkie Rudder finishing fifth with a mark of 52-5.50 feet.
In the shot put the Utes had five athletes qualify for the final round including three earning the top three spots. Rudder competing unattached, won the event with a mark of 47-10.00 feet. Candus Ford finished second place with a throw of 46-4.25 feet, followed by Howerton-Davis in third place posting a mark of 46-3.00 feet
Returning from a recent arm injury, Alanna Nulph showcased an impressive return, earning fifth place with a throw of 42-1.50 feet. In her first collegiate meet, Salima finished seventh with a throw of 40-3.50 feet.
Due to poor weather conditions, the Utah sprints, hurdles, jumps and distance athletes did not compete at the Snake River Open, but will head to the Bronco Invitational in Nampa, Idaho on January 19.