Senior Rosalie Griffin leads the way for the Utes.
Jan. 24, 2014
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.-Senior Rosalie Griffin of the Utah track and field team captured first place in the 600-meter run with a facility and school-record performance on the opening day of the Cherry and Silver Invitational.
Griffin's time of 1:30.73 is good enough to capture the second-fastest time in the country this year.
"I'm really excited for her," Utah head coach Kyle Kepler said. "The 600 is not an event that is often contested or in the NCAA Championships, but it sets her up to run a fast 800 in the upcoming weeks, which is her primary event."
Senior Stephanie Jolley finished third (and second among collegiate runners) in the unseeded 400 with a lifetime-best performance. Jolley's time of 55.23 in her first 400 of the season also ranks second on the all-time school list for indoor. Freshman Grace Englund also had an impressive outing finishing 21st with a time of 57.57.
The weight throw featured two impressive performances for the Utes. Leading the way for the Utes was senior Aoife Hickey who captured sixth place with a throw measuring 59 feet, eight inches. Securing eighth place was redshirt senior Nikkie Rudder, throwing a distance of 56 feet, one 5/8 inches.
Christine Van Brocklin ran a time of 59.21 in the unseeded 400-meter dash.
The Utes will return to competition on Saturday for the second day of the Cherry and Silver Invitational. Leading things off will be the women's shot put beginning at 10:00 a.m. Saturday's action will be held at the Albuquerque Convention Center in Albuquerque, New Mexico.