Nikkie Rudder breaks school record in shot put
Jan. 12, 2014
PROVO, Utah- The Utah women's track team wrapped up its first meet of the 2014 indoor season with the BYU Invitational.
The Utes were led by fifth-year senior Nikkie Rudder, who broke the school record in the shot put on her first collegiate throw in two years. Rudder's new record is set at 50 feet, 2 ¾ inches, which was good enough to capture first place. Rudder also captured first in the weight throw with a throw of 56 feet, 6 inches.
"We are very grateful to have her back for her fifth year, " said Utah head coach Kyle Kepler about Rudder.
In the 500 meters, senior Rosalie Waller ran the second-fastest time in the country and finished first with a time of 1:14.29.
"This is not an event that is in the national meet," Kepler said. "Early in the season we run some odd distances like that to give our kids a chance to feel their way around the track and not worry as much about their times in their best events."
The Utes also recorded impressive finishes in the 300 meters, with seven runners finishing in the top 15. Leading the charge for the Utes was senior Stephanie Jolley finishing second with a time of 40.01. Alexandria Eisenbeiss finished fourth overall with a time of 40.69 and freshman Grace Englund captured the sixth spot in 41.18.
"I thought our kids in the 300 ran really really well," Kepler said. "I was excited for all them. As a whole group, it was probably our best performance in that event in my nine years here at Utah."
Junior Suzie Vozarova tied for second overall in the high jump, successfully clearing the 5 feet, 2 ¼ inches mark.
Other notable performances for the Utes include Aoife Hickey (3rd, weight throw), Kassie Nagel (3rd, shot put), Christine Van Brocklin (4th, 60-meter hurdles), Alissa Atisme (4th, 60-meter dash), and Jameela Hayes (5th, 60-meter dash).
The Utes compete next at the Snake River Open in Pocatello, Idaho on January 18.