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Utah Starts Slow But Finishes Strong at Husky Classic

Junior Rebekah Winterton ran a 57-second PR at the Husky Classic.

Junior Rebekah Winterton ran a 57-second PR at the Husky Classic.

Feb. 15, 2014


B>SEATTLE, Wash- On the first day of the Husky Classic, the Utah track and field team struggled to begin the day but finished with solid performances. 

“It was a rough start but our kids bounced back and I thought that was great to see,” head coach Kyle Kepler said. “AuraLea Fain opened for us in the 5k but got stepped on in the very first lap and her shoe fell off. She tried to run the rest of the race but she just couldn’t so she had to stop. The pole vault, Theresa Waybright no heighted. She looked really good and definitely had all the height but she just couldn’t get over the bar at the right spot. We will go back and work on that but she keeps progressing and improving, but that event, the pole vault, unless you clear bars you don’t really know it.”

In the 5000, junior Rebekah Winterton ran a 57-second personal best with a time of 16:18.85. Winterton just missed setting the school record for the Utes by three-tenths of a second and finished first in her heat and 17th overall.

“Really just an incredible race,” Kepler said. “It just looked easy, for a lack of a better term. She really looked like she could have ran a lot faster, but she was just content hanging in the pack. She was in the top three for the last ten laps and then just took off with about 400 to go and took control and crossed the finish line in first place.”

Freshman Alissa Atisme led the way for the Utes in the 200-meter dash. Atisme’s time of 25.04 just missed her PR and was fast enough to capture seventh overall.



The Utes also had an impressive performance in the weight throw. Aoife Hickey led the way with a throw measuring 58 feet, 0.5 inches, capturing seventh place. Nikkie Rudder followed in tenth with a throw of 55 feet, 7.5 inches. Freshman Kassie Nagel finished 31st overall.

The Utes will continue action on Saturday at 8 a.m. PDT. 

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