Utes post solid day at second day of Mt. Sac Relays.
April 19, 2013
WALNUT, Calif.– In the second day of action of the Mt. Sac Relays the University of Utah women’s track and field team had another solid day, including an event title in the pole vault. The day also featured senior Amanda Mergaert finishing sixth in the elite heat of the 1500m.
"It was a mixed day today," Utah head coach Kyle Kepler said. "We had some solid performances and had some kids that need to step up. We have another busy day tomorrow, which will give those kids a chance to improve. Overall we have made some strides and I was pleased with the effort for the most part. Amanda continues to improve and we are happy to see that. The throwers also did well, they didn't hit as good as marks as we wanted, but we will take a first-place finish. We still have time to make corrections before the conference meet and we look forward to a good day tomorrow."
Mergaert, a Michigan native, had a great performance in the 1500m elite race. Mergaert clocked a season-best time of 4:15.10 to finish sixth overall and third among college athletes. Following the day's action, Mergaert's time ranks fourth in the country.
Senior Klaudia Rokossa continues her breakout season with a second-place performance in the open pole vault. Rokossa posted a top mark, clearing the barrier of 12-11.50 feet.
Four athletes represented the Utes in the open 800m race. Junior Rosalie Waller took second in her heat and 10th overall with a time of 2:08.39. Ali Eisenbeiss was the second Ute to cross the line and 26th overall in a time of 2:10.49. Andrea Chavez recorded a 2:13.69 for 55th followed by Lucy Yates in 65th with a time of 2:23.60.
In the open 400m, senior Lauryn McKay captured fifth in her heat and 34th overall clocking a time of 56.11 seconds.
The 400m hurdles featured senior Alyssa Johnson posting a 22nd-place finish in a time of 1:01.19.
The 4x400m relay featured the Utes claiming seventh overall. The team comprised of McKay, Johnson, Eisenbeiss and Stephanie Jolley clocked a combined time of 3:45.28.
At the Bryan Clay Invitational in Long Beach, Calif., the Utah throwers returned to action. After breaking the school record last week, junior Destanae Howerton-Davis picked up right where she left off in the shot put, finishing fourth in her heat and fifth overall with a throw of 46-9.00 feet. Senior Candus Ford earned seventh in her heat and 10th overall with a mark of 45-5.25 feet.
Howerton-Davis continued that momentum into the discus winning the event title with a mark of 159-08 feet.
In the javelin, Kaitlin Urmston finished sixth with a throw of 134-06 feet.
The Mt. Sac Relays will continue on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. PT at Hilmer Lodge Stadium in Walnut, Calif.
Those set to participate at the Long Beach State Invitational will compete on Saturday at Cerritos College Stadium in Long Beach, Calif.
A select number of athletes will also stay close to home and compete at the Mark Faldmo Invitational in Logan, Utah on Saturday.
Check back to utahutes.com for meet recaps and results following Saturday’s action.