Junior Rebekah Winterton becomes Utah's second MPSF Champion after capturing first in the 5000-meter.
March 1, 2014
SEATTLE, Wash.- Wrapping up the first day of the MPSF Championships, the University of Utah women's track and field team records four top-eight performances, including one event title.
"I am very pleased with how we performed today," head coach Kyle Kepler said. "This meet is a lot like the NCAA meet, in terms of talent, and I thought our kids competed well. I hope we can come back tomorrow and continue to score some points."
The highlight of the day came in the 5000-meter when junior Rebekah Winterton captured the event title, running a time of 16:30.51 and earning ten points for the Utes. Winterton's first-place performance makes her the second-ever MPSF Champion for the Utes, joining former Ute-standout Amanda Mergaert.
"I am very proud to have our second-ever MPSF champion," Kepler said about Winterton. "She ran a very tactical race from start to finish and continues to develop into an elite level kid."
Freshman Courtney Jost had a solid performance in the long jump. Jost finished the day in sixth with a jump measuring 18 feet, 1 inch and earning three points for the Utes.
The weight throw featured Aoife Hickey recording a throw of 56 feet, 10.75 inches. Hickey finished eighth overall capturing one team point for the Utes. Freshman Ilse Kaaja was not far behind, finishing tenth with a mark of 54 feet, 2 inches.
The distance medley relay also had an impressive performance. Junior Andrea Chavez opened up the race for the Utes followed by Allison Aafedt, Kendahl Melvin, and Nikki Rietz. The Utes finished the event clocking a combined time of 11:42 finishing seventh overall and capturing two points for the team.
Freshman Alissa Atisme also competed in two events for the Utes. Atisme finished 27th in the 200-meter dash with a time of 25.12 seconds. In the 60, Atisme finished in 7.80 seconds to finish 32nd.
Senior Theresa Waybright represented the Utes in the pole vault. Waybright set a new personal record by one centimeter, clearing a mark of 12 feet, 6 inches for 13th place.
The MPSF Championships will continue Saturday beginning at 10:30 a.m. PT with the women's shot put finals.