Klaudia Rokossa finishes third in the pole vault at the MPSF Championships.
Feb. 23, 2013
SEATTLE, Wash. – After the first day at the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships, the Utah women’s track and field team is in 10th place with 14.50 points. On Friday the Utes were led by a third-place performance of senior Klaudia Rokossa in the pole vault.
“I am very please with the performances here today,” Utah head coach Kyle Kepler said. “Our team fought hard, which is what you want in a championship meet. It was not a perfect day, there were a few athletes that wanted to do a little bit better, but overall I am proud with the way all of them fought. They showed good effort in all the events.”
Getting the day off to a good start was Rokossa in the pole vault. Rokossa again had a performance near her personal-best clearing the mark of 12-11.00 feet. Falling just shy of getting over the 13-5.00 mark, Rokossa tied for third place and earned a team high 5.50 points for the Utes. Rokossa’s top-three finish also grabbed All-MPSF honors for the senior.
The distance medley relay also had a solid performance. Senior Amanda Mergaert opened up the race for the Utes followed by Lauryn McKay, Ali Eisenbeiss and anchored by Andrea Chavez. The Utes finished the event clocking a combined time of 11:30.70 finishing fourth overall and capturing five points for the team.
Susannah Hurst led the charge in the 5000m clocking a personal-record 16:43.50 en-route to an eighth-place finish and tallying one team point for the Utes. Hurst fought hard the whole way and posted her best split on the final lap, but ran out of real estate to pass Long Beach State’s Rosa Del Toro who finished seventh with a 16:43.29.
In the weight throw, Utah was one of only two schools to have three athletes finish in the top-10 overall. Senior Anneli Stahl posted a sixth-place throw of 60-4.50 feet earning three points for the team. Cynthia Sanchez was not far behind, finishing ninth with a mark of 57-9.00 feet followed by upcoming sophomore Aoife Hickey in 10th with a personal-best throw of 57-2.25 feet.
“I am very excited about competing again tomorrow,” Kepler said. “If we do tomorrow like we did today than it will be a great way to compete in the championships. We are all looking forward to tomorrow.”
At the conclusion of the first day the Utes are in 10th place with a combined 14.50 points, trailing in-state rival BYU by half a point for ninth place. The overall leader after seven events is UCLA with 45.50 points.
The MPSF Championships will continue on Saturday beginning at 10:30 a.m. PT with the women’s shot put finals.