Utah distane runners get 2014 outdoor season off to a solid start.
March 21, 2014
LOS ANGELES, Calif.- Getting the 2014 outdoor season underway, the University of Utah distance runners posted solid performances at the Trojan Inviational. The Utes were led by juniors Rebekah Winterton and Susannah Hurst, who captured first and second place in the 5000-meter run.
"I thought we competed very well today," said head coach Kyle Kepler. "I think that Rebekah and Susannah could have ran faster, but we were more focusing on just winning the race and getting prepared for the 10-kilometer race in a couple of weeks. Overall, I felt like we had a productive day and I look forward to competing tomorrow."
Rebekah Winterton led the way for the Utes with a first-place performance in the 5000. Setting a new personal-best, Winterton recorded a time of 16:40.17. Junior Susannah Hurst finished just behind Winterton, with a time of 16:45.72 for second-place. Senior AuraLea Fain and junior Lauren Mills also recorded new personal records with times of 17:22.20 and 17:44.07.
Junior Aoife Hickey got the day off to a good start in the hammer throw. On her second attempt, Hickey recorded a throw measuring 193 feet, 10 inches to finish first for the Utes and second overall. Freshman Ilse Kaaja also had an impressive outing, earning seventh overall with a throw of 180 feet, 8 inches. Nikkier Rudder earned 13th with a throw of 153 feet, respectively for the Utes.
The Utes will compete again on Saturday beginning at 10 a.m. PT with the women's pole vault.