Junior Ali Eisenbeiss captures second-place in the 800.
Feb. 9, 2014
Nampa, Idaho- The Utah track and field team competed at the Bronco Invitational on Saturday, coming away with eleven top-five finishes and two event titles.
"We got off to a slow start," head coach Kyle Kepler said. "I told the girls that if this was basketball, we would be down 15 at halftime. The good news is that we came back and had a bunch of PRs throughout the day."
"I thought our kids came to race," Kepler said. "We are starting to put all of the pieces together and hopefully we can continue that next week in Seattle."
Senior Nikkie Rudder led the way for the Utes in the shot put, finishing third with a throw measuring 45 feet, 10.75 inches. Freshman Kassie Nagel also competed in the event, finishing fifth overall. Nagel's mark of 44 feet, 2.75 inches was a new personal best for her.
Rudder also placed third in the weight throw with a toss measuring 56 feet, 1.25 inches.
In the 200, the Utes had three athletes finish in the top twenty. Atisme lead the way for the Utes, finishing third with a time of 24.97. Jameela Hayes captured 14th place with a time of 26.09 and freshman Danielle Perez placed 17th with 26.26. Hayes was also eighth in the 60-meter dash.
Freshman Christine Van Brocklin set a new personal best in the 60-meter hurdles, finishing fourth with a time of 8.95. Junior Suzie Vozarova also recorded a personal record in the prelims with a time of 9.28, finishing 10th. Vozarova also finished 10th in the high jump, clearing five feet, three inches.
The Utes were able to record another PR in the 400. Englund recorded her best time in the event, finishing fifth with a time 57.42. Megan Meier, another freshman, also competed in the event, capturing 16th with a time of 1:02.14.
In the mile, the Utes had four athletes finish in the top fifteen. Junior Andrea Chavez lead the way for this group, placing sixth with a time of 5:08.61. Freshman Becky Sarmiento followed, finishing eighth overall with a time of 5:13.73. AuraLea Fain finished 12th (5:20.93) and Jessica Sams captured 13th (5:21.99).
"I am a little bit disappointed with the middle distance kids," Kepler said. "I don't think we ran quite as hard or as smart as we should of. However, a lot of them were running races that they are not used to running. We did that to get them sharper for next week when they go back to Seattle and run their premiere events."
Senior Theresa Waybright finished fourth in the pole vault clearing a mark of 11 feet, 11.75 inches.
In the long jump, freshman Courtney Jost captured fourth with a jump measuring 18 feet, 3.25 inches. She was also 14th in the high jump, clearing five feet, one inch.