Senior Rosalie Waller leads the Utes in the 800-meter dash.
March 29, 2014
TEMPE, Ariz.- The University of Utah women’s track and field team competed at the Arizona State Invitational this weekend, where three student-athletes recorded times that inked their names in the record books.
“It was a terrific day to have a track meet,” head coach Kyle Kepler said. “In some events, we did not get the result we wanted but we definitely saw some growth and progress that we needed to see. Overall, my thoughts on the meet are very positive.”
In the 800-meter, the Utes had a very successful day as they captured two of the top three spots. Leading the charge was senior standout Rosalie Waller, clocking a second-place time of 2:05.60. Junior Alexandria Eisenbeiss finished right on the heels of Waller with a third-place time of 2:05.97.
Waller and Eisenbeiss’ times were not only new individual personal records, but also rank second and third on the all-time school history list. Since July 1st, the Utes have had three athletes go 2:05.97 or faster, including former Utah star Amanda Mageart’s school record time of 2:04.73 last July.
Competing in just her second collegiate outdoor meet, freshman Rhianna Williams wasted no time making her way into the school record book. In the 400-meter dash, Williams finished in third place overall with the third best all-time performance in school history with a time of 55.19 seconds. Freshman Grace Englund also competed for the Utes, finishing 11th overall with a time of 56.82 seconds.
The hammer featured two Utes finishing in the top-five overall with marks that should be enough to get them into the NCAA preliminary round in late May. Junior Aoife Hickey finished first for the Utes and second overall with a throw measuring 194 feet, 3 inches. Freshman Ilse Kaaja captured fourth with a toss of 189 feet, 10 inches.
In the shot put, senior Nikkie Rudder finished fifth overall with a throw of 48 feet, 3.50 inches. Freshman Kassie Nagel just missed making the finals but still recorded a throw of 44 feet, 5.50 inches to capture 11th.
Finishing third in the pole vault was senior Theresa Waybright. On her third jump, Waybright cleared a mark of 12 feet, 1.50 inches.
In the 400-meter hurdles, senior Alyssa Johnson was just shy of breaking the 60-second barrier as she claimed fourth with a time of 1:00.11. Freshman Christine Van Brocklin also ran well for the Utes, finishing seventh overall with a time of 1:03.52.