Angela Kaplar leads Utes at Bronco Classic.
Feb. 2, 2013
BOISE, Idaho- Competing at the Bronco Classic, the University of Utah women’s track and field team captured three event led by senior Angela Kaplar’s performance in the hurdles. The weekend also featured the Utah throwers controlling the field at the Mountain States Games.
“I am very pleased with so many performances this weekend,” Utah head coach Kyle Kepler said. “We have many athletes starting to come out and showing great effort. Even though we didn’t win every event, the effort they are showing sets up for some really big performances as we head into championship season. Across the board our team did a nice job and I am very pleased with the effort they show.”
The 60m hurdles featured Kaplar breaking the tape to win the event. Kaplar clocked a season-best time of around 8.75 second to win the title, but due to technical timing error the official times were not kept. Suzie Vozarova finished the final round tied for 14th.
Senior Alyssa Johnson earned third in the 400m clocking a time of 57.45 seconds, while junior Lauryn McKay took seventh with a time of 58.63 seconds. Lisa Palomaki was the third Utah athlete to cross the finish, earning 15th with a 1:00.66. True-freshman Sarah Thayne captured 23rd in a time of 1:02.44 respectively for the Utes.
The 800m featured five Utes finishing in the top-10. Rosalie Waller led the pack earning second overall with a time of 2:11.70. Ali Eisenbeiss finished just behind Waller capturing third with a time of 2:12.82. Andrea Chavez was seventh overall posting a time of 2:15.13. Kendahl Melvin (ninth) and Charlotte Kuzminsky (10th) finished with times of 2:18.20 and 2:18.47 for the Utes.
Nikki Rietz led the Utes in the mile, finishing seventh overall with a time of 5:07.79. In her first action of the season, Nikki Dotter earned 26th with a time of 5:31.50.
Sophomore Susannah Hurst captured second in the women’s 3000m, posting a time of 10:08.15. Making her first appearance after taking a whole year off due to injury, Rebekah Winterton claimed third place clocking a time of 10:14.77. Katelyn Stringfellow finished in a time of 10:36.13 for 11th. Freshman Alyssa Stetler and junior Hilary Troutner also made season debuts. In her first collegiate race, Stetler finished 13th overall with a time of 10:39.07, while Troutner earned 18th with an 11:02.99 respectively.
The women’s 4x400m relay took first after edging out in-state rival Utah State. The Utah ‘A’ team comprised of Johnson, Eisenbeiss, McKay and Waller posted a combined time of 3:50.46 finishing just ahead of Utah State who crossed the line in a time of 3:51.79.
In the pole vault, Klaudia Rokossa finished first overall after clearing the mark of 12-5.00 feet. Rokossa attempted to beat her personal-best by clearing the four-meter mark, however she just clipped the bar, but will look to break that mark next week.
At the Mountain States Games in Pocatello, Idaho the Utah throwers picked up right where they left off on the first day. In the weight throw, Utah swept the podium earning the top-three finishers.
Senior Anneli Stahl broke the 60-foot mark for the second time this season to win the event with a throw of 61-9.75 feet. Stahl’s mark of 61-9.75 feet is a new school record.
“Overall we had a good weekend at the Mountain States Games,” Utah assistant coach Tapio Kuusela said. “Some of our throwers weren’t feeling good and it was a tougher week for them. What we were able to learn this weekend is that even though we are beating other schools, we need to focus on beating our own personal records and overcoming those difficulties.”
The Utah throwers controlled the field at the Mountain States Games. On Friday Destanae Howerton-Davis led the field for the Utes. Posting three throws that would have all captured first place, her top throw of 45-10.75 feet sealed the event title. Finishing second overall was Candus Ford with a mark of 45-2.25 feet. Continuing recovery from elbow surgery, Alanna Nulph finished with a season-best mark of 42-8.25 feet for sixth.
Sanchez was fourth for the team and eighth overall with a mark of 42-4.00 feet. Freshman Sosina Salima set a new personal-record throw of 41-5.75 feet for ninth as she continues to improve in every meet thus far this season. Amanda Pais also posted a personal-best with a mark of 39-1.25 feet finishing 12th for the Utes.
“We competed very hard across the board, it was a very nice job,” Kepler said. “We are excited and will get ready to head to Washington next week for one of the biggest meets in the country and see where we are at with tougher competition.”
The Utes return to competition on Feb. 8 at the Husky Invitational in Seattle, Wash.