Rosalie Griffin won the 400m invitational with a time of 57.12 seconds.
Feb. 4, 2012
POCATELLO, Idaho- After earning two event titles on Friday, the University of Utah track and field team wrapped up action at the Mountain States Games by winning two more events on the second day. The Utes were led by Rosalie Griffin's first-place finish in the 400m race.
"We had a pretty good day overall," Utah head coach Kyle Kepler said. "We definitely improved and things are starting to come together. I was pleased with how we performed in the events that we ran in this weekend."
On the second day of competition, Utah's 4x400m relay team captured first place. Griffin led the charge with an indoor personal-record split of 57.3 seconds. Freshman Ali Eisenbeiss ran the second leg with a time of 56.3 seconds. Lauryn McKay clocked the fastest split on the third leg with a time of 55.5 seconds. Junior Alyssa Johnson broke the tape for the Utes, to clock a combined time of 3:45.75.
In the 400m invitational, the Utes earned the top-two spots. Griffin passed fellow teammate Eisenbeiss on the final stretch to win with a time of 57.12 seconds. Eisenbeiss clocked a time of 57.35 to finish second, respectively for the Utes. Both athletes set new indoor personal-record times.
After getting off to a great start, junior Angela Kaplar finished second place in the 60m hurdles. Kaplar crossed the line with a time of 8.82.
Freshman Andrea Chavez clocked a lifetime-best 800m time of 2:14.76 to finish third place in the event.
In the 3000m invitational, freshman Susannah Hurst posted a new indoor personal-best time with 10:07.03 to finish third.
In the throwing events, the Utes dominated for the second consecutive day. Three Utah student-athletes qualified for the final round in the shot put. Junior Nikkie Rudder led the way with a second-place mark of 47-4.50. Alanna Nulph finished fourth with a throw of 43-4.50. Candus Aiello rounded out the top-five finishers with a fifth-place mark of 43-0.25, respectively for the Utes.
"We made progress this weekend," Kepler said. "We have a huge meet next week at the Husky Invitational, where we will compete with nationally ranked teams. We need a good week of practice and will put our best foot forward as we get ready for next week."
The Utes will continue their season on February 10 at the Husky Invitational in Seattle, Wash.