Utah captured the Utah Spring Classic this evening
April 11, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY - Utah Track and Field captured its annual home event this evening at the McCarthy Family Track and Field facility while honoring its senior student-athletes in the process.
“What can I say,” head coach Kyle Kepler said. “Everywhere you looked, it seemed like we were doing some really positive things. The kids really competed hard on their home track, which I wouldn’t have expected anything less. Overall I was very pleased since I thought we competed very well. We now need to go to Weber State tomorrow and hopefully get some more out of this weekend.”
“I thought the meet went really well,” Nikkie Rudder stated “It was nice to win, obviously, especially in front of a home crowd. Having a lot of Ute fans and all of the teammates here made it a lot of fun. I’m glad we had this meet and it’s nice to win.”
In the first track event of the evening, the Utes dominated by taking the first three spots in the 3k. Rebekah Winterton won the event with a time of 10:10.58, Jessica Sams placed second at 10:36.05 and senior AuraLea Fain was third.
Utah followed that performance by setting a school record in the 4x1 that had stood for seven years. The quartet of Jameela Hayes, Alyssa Johnson, Rhianna Williams and Alissa Atisme clocked in with a time of 46.21.
Atisme followed her performance in the 4x1 with a third-place finish in the 100m. Her time of 12:10 tied the school record which was set in 1980 by Lynn Wimmer. The freshman followed that with a seventh-place finish in the 200m. Williams ran a 25.23 in the same event, a personal best for the freshman.
Alexandria Eisenbeiss won the 800 meters with a time of 2:07.13, which was a meet record. Nicole Reitz had a PR time of 2:15.72 and finished in the top 10 while Dana Snell also achieved her top time with a 2:16.80
Utah also dominated a number of the field events thanks to its seniors. Theresa Waybright captured second in the pole vault clearing 3.82 meters and attaining a personal best. Rudder won the shot with a toss of 14.53 meters as Kassie Nagel placed fourth.
“I thought about how it was going to be my last meet at our home track earlier in the day and it was kind of sad,” Rudder added. “I’m really glad that it turned out well for the last one. I’ll always look back at this think about how cool it was to have our nice track and being able to win.”
In the 100m hurdles, Christine Van Brocklin placed fourth with a time of 14.32 seconds. That result placed her eighth all-time on the Utah record list. In the 400m hurdles, Stephanie Jolley ran unattached, winning the event with a time of 57.95. Rosalie Waller was third finishing in 1:00.44
“I want to thank the volunteers and the support of the administration that allowed this to happen,” Kepler added. “Everyone came out to help us, including the swimmers and ROTC, and I know that we had some other sports come out and help us, I saw some coaches, and we really appreciate their support. It was just a huge Utah effort as far as that goes.”
Utah is back in action tomorrow when it heads to Ogden for the Weber State Invitational.