The Utes wrapped up great weekend at the Weber State Invitational.
April 12, 2014
OGDEN, Utah- After hosting the third annual Utah Spring Classic, the University of Utah women's track and field team traveled to Ogden, Utah to compete at the Weber State Invitational. The highlight of the day came in the 400-meter dash, where the Utes had multiple athletes compete.
"We had another terrific day," head coach Kyle Kepler said. "Today, we didn't do quite as much as we did yesterday at our home meet. Nevertheless, we accomplished some good things and I am really proud of our kids and the way they competed all weekend. We will get some rest tomorrow and then get back after it this week as we prepare for another huge invitational meet."
Heading the charge for the Utes on Saturday was Stephanie Jolley in the 400-meter dash. Jolley ran unattached, winning the event with a time of 55.04. Senior Rosalie Waller placed second overall with a time of 55.60, Ali Eisenbeiss placed fourth at 55.88 and Alyssa Johnson was 12th.
The discus featured two Utes in the finals. Destanae Howerton-Davis competed unattached and posted a top mark of 163 feet, 10 inches to capture first. Senior Nikkie Rudder landed in the seventh spot with a throw of 137 feet, 1 inch.
Junior Andrea Chavez represented the Utes in the 1500-meter. Getting out front early, Chavez just missed capturing the top spot, finishing in second with a time of 4:42.33.
"Andrea had a solid day in the 1500-meter," Kepler said. "She was upfront, leading the race from the gun and then just ran out of steam at the end. She has been out front in most of her races and hasn't been able to finish quite as well as we would like her to. I am confident that will be resolved when she gets into a race where she doesn't have to do all the work, which has been the case this year."
Running into the wind, freshman Christine Van Brocklin recorded her second top-ten performance in the 100-meter hurdles in two days. Van Brocklin clocked a time of 15.10 to edge out Utah Valley's Jessica Lingwall for seventh.
The Utes will compete next at the Mt. Sac Relays in Los Angeles, Calif.