Freshman Alissa Atisme breaks school record in the 100-meter dash at Mt. Sac Relays
April 19, 2014
WALNUT, Calif.- In the second day of action at the Mt. Sac Relays, the University of Utah women’s track and field team had another solid day, including two school records in the 5,000 and 100-meter dash.
“We had another really good day,” head coach Kyle Kepler said. “Overall, I am excited with how our athletes competed and we continue to move forward. We look forward to another good day tomorrow and finishing strong at the Beach Invitational.”
Representing Utah in the 5,000 was junior Susannah Hurst with a solid fifth-place performance. Hurst’s time of 16:06.31 is not only a new personal record, but is also fast enough to surpass teammate Rebekah Winterton’s previous school record set two weeks ago by two seconds.
In the 100-meter dash, the Utes were led by freshman Alissa Atisme. Atisme didn’t get off to the best of starts but finished strong to break the second school record of the day with a time of 12.03. Competing in section eight, Atisme captured fourth in her section and 52nd overall.
The 4x400-meter relay featured the Utes in the first heat of the event. The relay comprised of Rhianna Williams, Ali Eisenbeiss, Rosalie Waller, and Alyssa Johnson came down to the wire as the Utes just missed beating the University of Toronto’s relay team by two tenths of a second. The Utes finished with a season best time of 3:41.25 earning sixth overall in the event.
The 1500-meter race was led by junior Andrea Chavez’s second-place performance in the seventh section of the event. Finishing 39th overall, Chavez’s time of 4:28.65 surpassed her season best by eight seconds. Sophomore Nikki Rietz also competed for the Utes, finishing 71st overall with a time of 4:34.42.
In the 400-metr dash, freshman Grace Englund captured fifth in her section and 55th overall. Englund’s time of 56.70 seconds is also a new personal record by a tenth of a second.
Freshman Ilse Kaaja competed in the hammer throw for the Utes. On her fifth attempt, Kaaja recorded her best mark of 189 feet, 8 inches. Her performance just missed surpassing her season record and earned her sixth overall.
With the conclusion of the second day at the Mt. Sac Relays, the Utes will head to Long Beach where they are set to compete at the Long Beach State Invitational on Saturday.