Cynthia Sanchez wins the weight throw on final attempt.
Jan. 19, 2013
NAMPA, Idaho- The University of Utah women's track and field team wrapped up action at the Boise State Bronco Invitational with a solid performance. The highlight of the day came in the final event as senior Cynthia Sanchez won the weight throw.
"It was a mixed day which is typical of the first meet," Utah head coach Kyle Kepler said. "There were some good things and some middle of the road performances. Overall it was a productive day and gave a chance for many of our young athletes to get some experience. It was a lot of fun to end the day winning the event title in the weight throw."
Sanchez capped off the day for the Utes winning the event title in the weight throw. On her final throw, Sanchez posted a first-place mark of 54-2.50 feet. Competing unattached Nikkie Rudder finished sixth with 49-6.25 feet followed by Amanda Pais capturing 13th with a mark of 42-3.25 feet.
Competing in her first collegiate meet, freshman Kailey Hansen captured second place in the women's high jump with a mark of 5-3.00 feet. Senior Langley Iverson, making her first appearance since 2011 due to injury, posted a solid performance claiming third place also clearing the mark 5-3.00 feet. Suzie Vozarova finished seventh for the Utes, with a jump of 4-11.00 feet.
"They would have liked to jump a bit higher," said Kepler. "It was a solid performance and both athletes know they have plenty of work to do, but not bad for Langley's first time back in over a year and for Kailey's first collegiate performance."
The shot put featured three Utah athletes finishing in the top-10 finishers. Rudder competed unattached and led the way finishing second place with a throw of 45-9.25 feet. Candus Ford earned third place with a mark of 45-4.25 feet followed by Sanchez in seventh place with a toss of 40-2.25 feet. Pais rounded out the Utah athletes finishing 14th with a mark of 35-1.25, respectively for the Utes.
In the pole vault, Klaudia Rokossa led the way with a third-place performance, clearing the barrier of 11-10.75 feet for the Utes.
Competing unattached in the mile, senior Lucy Yates crossed the line second overall with a time of 5:11.71.
Senior Angela Kaplar was the team leader in the 60-meter hurdles. Kaplar won her heat in the preliminary round to qualify for the finals with a time of 9.40 seconds. In the final round, Kaplar finished fourth overall clocking a time of 9.14 seconds.
An Idaho native, Ali Eisenbeiss had a great homecoming performance leading the Utes in the 400m. Eisenbeiss crossed the line second overall with a time of 57.60 seconds. Rosalie Waller captured the seventh spot in a time of 58.80 seconds. Allison Aafedt made her first appearance as a Ute and finished in a time of 59.60 seconds for 11th place. Lisa Palomaki finished 15th with a time of 1:00.84 followed by freshman Sarah Thayne in 22nd with a time of 1:03.38. Kayla McMurray rounded out the Utah finishers clocking a time of 1:24.47 for 28th, but more importantly sustained an Achilles injury as she collided with another runner.
Sophomore Kendahl Melvin was the only Utah runner to compete in the 800m. Melvin finished first in her heat and sixth overall posting a time of 2:18.39.
The 4x400m relay wrapped up the running events with the Utes placing third overall. The team finished in a time of 3:54.15, but felt the effects of a hamstring injury suffered by Stephanie Jolley (final leg) who got injured earlier in the day.
"We will get back after it this week and next week everyone will be together so that we can find out where we are at heading into February," Kepler said.
Senior Alyssa Johnson recorded a ninth-place performance in the 200m with a time of 25.93 seconds. Kaplar finished second for the Utes and 21st overall crossing the line in a time of 27.31 seconds.
The Utes will compete next on January 25 at the New Mexico Collegiate Invitational in Albuquerque N.M.