Utah throwers dominate at New Mexico Invitational.
Jan. 26, 2013
ALBUQUERQUE, N.M.- The University of Utah women's track and field team finished up the final day at the New Mexico Invitational adding two more event title to its total. The Utes finished the weekend claiming five event titles.
"Another solid day we won a few more events," Utah head coach Kyle Kepler said. "It was a great meet. The sprinters and hurdlers started looking comfortable on the track. The distance runners did a good job in their first appearance of the season. It feels really good, it was nice to win a couple of events and things will just get tougher from here on out."
Making her first appearance since an All-American performance at the NCAA Cross Country Championships, senior Amanda Mergaert won the 800m clocking a time of 2:08.18. Altitude adjusted, Mergaert's time is 2:07.46, which is the second fastest time in school history. Sophomore Andrea Chavez earned seventh in the event with a time of 2:20.48 while Nikki Rietz claimed eighth clocking a time of 2:21.67.
The 400m featured three Utes finishing in the top-10. Ali Eisenbeiss led the way with a fourth-place finish clocking a time of 56.57 seconds. Rosalie Waller was fifth with a time of 56.88 seconds followed by Alyssa Johnson in seventh with a time of 57.06 seconds.
For the second consecutive day, the Utah throwers dominated the field. Competing in the shot put, Utah earned three of the top-four spots. Candus Ford won the event title with personal-record mark of 48-0 feet. Destanae Howerton-Davis was second with a mark of 46-10.75 followed by Cynthia Sanchez in fourth with personal-best 43-9.25 feet.
Sophomore Susannah Hurst represented the Utes in the mile earning seventh crossing the line in a time of 5:10.15. With less than two hours rest from the mile, Hurst competed in the second section of the 3000m, finishing seventh overall with a time of 10:18.83.
In the final round of the 60m hurdles, senior Angela Kaplar finished seventh overall with a season-best time of 8.93 seconds.
Klaudia Rokossa led the Utes in the pole vault finishing tied for second [tied for first among collegiate athletes] clearing the bar of 12-7.50 feet. Theresa Waybright was second for the Utes and eighth overall posting a jump of 11-7.75 feet.
On Friday the throwers got the day off to a quick start as Utah claimed the top-two spots. Sanchez earned first place posting a two-foot personal-best throw of 60-5.00 feet. Aoife Hickey finished second overall with a mark of 56-2.00 feet. With Sanchez breaking the 60 foot mark at New Mexico and Anneli Stahl posting a mark of 60-06 at the BYU Invitational two weeks ago, 2013 marks the first time in school history that two Utah throwers have had throws over 60 feet in the same season.
In the 600m, the Utes had four runners finish in the top-10. Waller crossed the line in first place with a time of 1:33.49 followed by Eisenbeiss in second place with a time of 1:34.44. Kendahl Melvin finished sixth in 1:37.17 and Allison Aafedt earned ninth with a time of 1:38.62. Charlotte Kuzminsky finished fifth for the Utes and 18th overall posting a time of 1:44.76 respectively.
The 3000m race featured junior Katelyn Stringfellow winning section two. Stringfellow outlasted New Mexico State's Sarabel Bojorquez (10:47.23) clocking a 13 second personal-record time of 10:46.49 to win the first section for the Utes. Overall Stringfellow's performance earned 13th overall.
Senior Langley Iverson and freshman Kailey Hansen took first and second in the high jump. Both athletes cleared the mark of 5-4.25, but in the previous round, Iverson cleared the bar on her first attempt and Hansen took two attempts giving Iverson first place overall.
In the 200m, Johnson finished 27th clocking a time of 26.01.
The Utes will return to action on Feb. 1 at the Bronco Invitational in Boise, Idaho.