Junior Ali Eisenbeiss captures second-place in the 800.
March 22, 2014
LOS ANGELES, Calif.- The University of Utah women's track and field team wrapped up the first weekend of action during the outdoor season with multiple athletes recording new lifetime bests.
"I feel really good about the way we came out and competed," head coach Kyle Kepler said. "Being the first meet of the outdoor season we have a few things we need to build on and improve, however, I thought everyone came out and worked really hard to get the season off to a good start."
The highlight of the day came in the 800, with three Utah athletes finishing in the top ten overall. The Utes were lead by junior Ali Eisenbeiss who recorded a new personal record and captured second overall with a time of 2:08.19. Finishing second for the Utes and fifth overall was Andrea Chavez with a time of 2:13.89. Kendahl Melvin also posted a solid performance, finishing ninth with a time of 2:16.71.
The 400-meter hurdles featured Rosalie Waller capturing the 5th spot with a new personal best time of 59.78. Senior Alyssa Johnson also competed for the first time this year after redshirting the indoor season due to injury. Johnson just missed setting a personal record with a time of 60.89 to place eighth.
Senior Nikkie Rudder and freshman Kassie Nagel both posted personal records in the shot put. Rudder recorded a second-place performance with a throw measuring 48 feet, 11 inches. Nagel earned sixth with a career-best 44 feet, 7.50 inches.
In the 1500-meter run, Susannah Hurst led the charge for the Utes finishing third overall. Hurst's time of 4:30.05 also marks a new personal best for her. Freshman Becky Sarmiento also competed for the Utes, finishing 12th with a time of 4:43.42.
Freshman Rhianna Williams earned seventh in the 400 with a new personal best time of 56.31.
In the 200, true freshman Alissa Atisme finished 12th with a time of 25.40. Atisme also competed in the 100 for the Utes, recording a time of 12.17 to finish 13th.
Christine Van Brocklin finished 8th in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 14.94.
Sophomore Kailey Hansen returned to action in the high jump after redshirting last season. Hansen cleared a mark of 5 feet, 5 inches to finish second.
The Utah 4x400 relay finished the meet strong for the Utes, The relay comprised of Eisenbeiss, Johnson, Atisme, and Waller recorded a 5th place time of 3:47.48.
The Utes will compete next at the UVU Invitational and Arizona State Invitational on March 29.