Aoife Hickey qualifies for the under 22 European Championships with her throw at the Utah Spring Classic.
April 12, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY- At its annual home meet, the University of Utah women's track and field team had a good meet at the Utah Spring Classic. Sophomore Aoife Hickey posted a memorable performance qualifying for the European Championships.
Hickey qualified for the European Championships by breaking the 60-meter mark. On the second attempt of the day, Hickey posted a throw of 201-10.75 feet (61.54m), which beat the automatic qualifying mark for the Under 22 European Championships and ranks third all-time in school history.
"I thought our team came out and showed good effort," Utah head coach Kyle Kepler said. "We had some good performances throughout the day. We are very pleased for Aoife in the hammer throw. She did a tremendous job and we are very happy for her. Also Destanae Howerton-Davis broke her second record in two weeks, which is awesome. She struggled earlier in the season with the shot put, but has continually improved and it paid off tonight."
The throwers continued success in the shot put. Destanae Howerton-Davis broke the school record posting a mark of finishing first overall with a mark of 48-10 feet. With today's record, Howerton-Davis has broken two school records in consecutive weeks (discus last weekend at the Arizona State Angel Classic).
Returning to form in front of the home crowd, senior Langley Iverson captured the event title in the high jump. Iverson posted a season-best jump of 5-7.00 feet tying the meet record.
"Klaudia Rokossa and Langley Iverson performed very well," Kepler said. "Klaudia had a few good looks at breaking her own school record in the pole vault, but just fell short. We will go back and work on her left arm and hopefully improve on her record. We are happy for Langley winning the high jump and look for her to continue building upon her jump as we head further into the season."
Utah's runners also relished in the opportunity to run on their home track. In the 800m, senior Amanda Mergaert closed out her home career with a first-place performance clocking a time of 2:08.81. Sophomore Ali Eisenbeiss followed in second with a time of 2:09.97. Lucy Yates also continued to show improvements and finished in sixth crossing the line in a time of 2:13.50.
"I would like to thank my support staff and everybody who had a part in helping us put on this meet," Kepler said. "Thanks to the great crowd that came out to support our athletes."
The Utes will compete again on Saturday at the Weber State Wildcat Invitational in Ogden, Utah. The event will begin at 11 a.m. with the discus throw at Stewart Stadium.