Destanae Howerton-Davis leads Utes in the discus throw.
March 25, 2012
PHOENIX, Ariz.- Under perfect weather conditions on the second day of the Arizona State Invitational, the Utah women's track and field team swept the podium of the 800m race with a dominating performance.
"Overall we had a pretty solid meet," Utah head coach Kyle Kepler said. "The weather was perfect here and our athletes took advantage of it with good performances. I saw some really good things, and then some early season type of mistakes that need to be cleaned up. Overall though I felt we had a solid meet and now we need to get back to work and get a few things cleaned up as we head into April."
In the 800m, the Utes dominated the day as they captured the first four places. Leading the charge was junior Amanda Mergaert clocking a first-place time of 2:10.11. Freshman Ali Eisenbeiss finished right on the heels of Mergaert with a second-place time of 2:10.58. Crossing the line third was Rosalie Griffin with a time of 2:10.71. Rounding out the top four was freshman Andrea Chavez with a 2:11.74.
"I was really pleased with our performance in the 800m," Kepler said. "It was exciting to see us finish in the top four and to all have times so close to each other."
Competing in her first career collegiate event, freshman Kaitlin Urmston wasted no time making her way into the school record book. In the javelin throw, Urmston finished sixth place overall with the second best all-time performance in school history recording a mark of 144-09 feet.
The discus also featured a Ute making history. On her second throw, Destanae Howerton-Davis set a personal record with a mark of 152-03 feet to finish ninth overall. With that throw, Howerton-Davis moved into the third best all-time performance passing Sidni Taylor's mark in 2005.
In the shot put, the Utes earned three of the top-10 spots. Nikkie Rudder finished first for the Utes and fifth overall with a throw of 47-8.00 feet. Candus Aiello was sixth with a toss of 45-9.75 and Alanna Nulph earned seventh recording a mark of 45-3.75 feet, respectively for the Utes.
Finishing fourth in the long jump was senior Brianna LeRoy. On her opening jump, LeRoy posted a mark of 19-7.50 feet, which was just shy of her all-time personal best. LeRoy's mark earned her fourth place in the event.
In the five-kilometer race, AuraLea Fain represented the Utes with a personal-best performance. Fain clocked a tenth-place time of 17:45.52.
The Utes are scheduled to return to action on March 30 at the UVU Open in Orem, Utah.