Rosalie Waller wins the 800m for the Utes.
March 24, 2013
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - On the second day at the USC Trojan Invitational, Utah's Rosalie Waller led the way capturing the 800m-event title.
"Overall we had a pretty good day," Utah head coach Kyle Kepler said. "The weather and competition were terrific. It was fun to watch our kids respond and push back to the high level of competition they faced today. I feel good about our performances. Our team is making good improvements and having good performances, which is what we want to see this early in the season."
Waller, a former walk-on, led the surge for the Utes capturing the event title in the 800m clocking a time of 2:09.29. Finishing second for the Utes and fourth overall was Andrea Chavez with a time of 2:11.49. Kendahl Melvin posted a solid performance finishing ninth overall with a 2:14.58. Nikki Rietz (2:18.38) and Allison Aafedt (2:18.48) finished 10th and 11th respectively for the Utes.
Coming off an injury during the indoor season, Lauryn McKay continued to improve in the second outdoor meet of the year. McKay finished 10th in the 400m with a time of 56.65.
Sophomores Susannah Hurst and Giselle Slotboom both posted personal-records in the 1500m. Hurst recorded a fourth-place performance with a 10 second personal-best time of 4:31.29. Slotboom earned 11th with a career-best 4:38.75.
Senior Klaudia Rokossa earned second in the pole vault. Rokossa cleared the bar of 12-9.50 feet, but fell just shy of jumping four meters.
On Friday, sophomore Aoife Hickey got the day off to a good start in the hammer throw setting a personal record in the event. On her fourth attempt, Hickey recorded a 188-06 feet edging out fellow Ute Anneli Stahl for third place. Stahl finished fourth overall with less than an inch difference, but officially was listed as 188-06 feet. Cynthia Sanchez earned 12th with a 158-10 feet, respectively for the Utes.
The Utes will compete next at the UVU Open in Orem, Utah on March 29 and the distance group will also compete at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif. on March 30.