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Utah's Vanessa Mortenson Sets School Record and Danish National Record in the Hammer in Provo

Junior Vanessa Mortensen won the hammer throw and set a new school record and Danish national in Provo this weekend.

Junior Vanessa Mortensen won the hammer throw and set a new school record and Danish national in Provo this weekend.

April 1, 2005

PROVO, Utah - The University of Utah Indoor Track and field team finished competition for the BYU Cougar Invitational on Friday, April 1. Held at the Clarence Robison Track, the meet featured athletes from Utah, Brigham Young, Utah Valley State College, Boise State and Wyoming.

The throwing squad had a strong meet, dominating the hammer, shot put and discus. Junior Vanessa Mortensen led the way by taking gold in the hammer throw with 60.50m. Her mark is not only a new personal record, but also a new school record and Danish national record for the Fredensborg, Denmark native.

"We've only had a couple of outdoor workouts this season, so I was surprised to break the record during the opening meet," states Mortensen. "The coaching staff was confident that I would be able to break the record this season, but I think they were also surprised with today's outcome. I'm very proud and excited to, once again, break this record and I hope to continue this success throughout the remainder of the season."

Senior Candice Workman-Ekberg and junior AJ Roby also had strong performances for the throwing squad. Workman-Ekberg took gold in shot put with 14.36m and finished second in the discus with 43.39m. Roby won the discus with an impressive 43.67m distance.

Sophomore Amanda Feigt dabbled in several events in preperation to compete in the heptathlon later this season. Feigt finished second in the long jump (5.96m), seventh in the 200m (25.82), 14th in the 100m-hurldes (15.15) and 17th in the shot put (9.47m).

On the men's side, sophomore Dustin Cutrer, senior Nephi Tyler and senior Delfino Arevalo led the way. Cutrer finished second in the javelin with 56.33m, while Arevalo claimed fourth in the 1,500 (3:59.84) and Tyler finished seventh in the 800 (1:53.09).



"It was great weather for a season opener," states Co-Head Coach Brian Appell. "We lost a lot of training due to the bad weather over the past week. We had to train hard on Thursday, so some of the athletes were a little flat. We also have some athletes that are considering redshirting and that has diminished their participation. Otherwise, I thought it was a good season opener."

Next, the Utes will compete in Weber State Invitational in Ogden, Utah. Competition will kick off on April 9.

Complete results for the BYU Cougar Invitational are posted at www.BYUTRACK.com.

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