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Utah Track and Field Wraps Up First Day at MPSF Championships

Senior Brianna LeRoy finished fourth in the pentathlon on opening day of the MPSF Championships.

Senior Brianna LeRoy finished fourth in the pentathlon on opening day of the MPSF Championships.

Feb. 24, 2012

SEATTLE, Wash. -Wrapping up the first day of the MPSF Championships, the University of Utah women’s track and field team recorded multiple personal-bests performances and claimed three top-10 spots of the weight throw.

“Overall we had a solid day,” Utah head coach Kyle Kepler said. “Things went well for our first time here and I thought our kids competed very hard. A lot of times when you wonder how a team will respond when they come to a big meet like this for the first time, and I thought our kids handled themselves very well. They showed that they belong here just as much as any other team and fought hard. We still have races tomorrow, and hopefully we can have someone qualify for the NCAA Championships.”

In the first event of the day, Senior Brianna LeRoy captured fourth place with a new personal-record of 3,723 points in the pentathlon. LeRoy started off the day tallying 925 points with a sixth-place time of 8.93 seconds in the 60m hurdles. The second event of the pentathlon featured LeRoy in the high jump clearing the bar of 5-7.00 to finish first. In the third event, LeRoy recorded a shot put throw of 35-5.00 finishing 10th with 581 points. The final two events of the pentathlon showcased LeRoy in the long jump earning a mark of 17-10.75 and the 800m with a time of 2:31.34.

Making its first appearance of the season, the distance medley relay team crossed the line in a time of 11:19.02 to finish sixth.

“We hoped for a better performance in the distance medley relay, but things just didn’t go our way today,” Kepler said.

Junior Angela Kaplar competed in two events, for the Utes. She began the day in the preliminary round of 60m hurdles, where she clocked a time of 8.68 seconds finishing 12th. In the 200m, Kaplar finished in 26.51 seconds to finish 32nd.



Freshman Susannah Hurst represented the Utes in the five-kilometer race. Hurst set a new personal record by seven seconds with a time of 16:45.43 for sixth place.

In the weight throw, the Utes earned three of the top-10 spots. Coming off a school-record performance last week at the Wildcat Indoor Open, junior Anneli Stahl posted a mark of 58-2.50 for eighth place. Cynthia Sanchez finished second for the Utes and ninth overall with a throw of 57-10.50. Junior Nikkie Rudder earned 10th with a throw of 55-11.00, respectively for the Utes.

The MPSF Championships will continue Saturday beginning with the women’s pole vault at 11 a.m. PT, in the Dempsey Indoor Track in Seattle, Wash.

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