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Utes Have Success In First Day of Drake Relays

Utes have success at first day of Drake Relays.

Utes have success at first day of Drake Relays.

April 26, 2013

DES MOINES, Iowa- Continuing its history of success at the Drake Relays, the University of Utah women’s track and field team records two third-place performances at the first day of the 104th annual Drake Relays. 

“Our kids performed at a high level and continue to show improvement,” Utah head coach Kyle Kepler said. “We certainly would have liked to win an event today, but two top-three finishes at the Drake Relays are something to be proud of. “ 

In the women’s open 800m, senior Amanda Mergaert finished third overall. In the first 400m of the race, Mergaert had trouble as she bumped with other runners in middle of the pack. However she remained in the mix and with 600meters to go, she was within striking distance of the leader. Looking to make a charge down the final stretch, Mergaert moved into the third spot, but ran out of real estate to pass the final two runners. Mergaert clocked a time of 2:06.82 just shy of Georgia’s Megan Malasarte who won the event in a time of 2:06.49.

The 4x800m also captured third place. The relay comprised of Ali Eisenbeiss, Rosalie Waller, Andrea Chavez, and Mergaert clocked a school-record time of 8:38.56. Eisenbeiss led off the race with a split of 2:12, followed by Waller’s time of 2:10. Chavez took the reigns on the third leg and clocked a 2:08 followed by Mergaert’s final split of 2:06. 

The 4x400m relay team clocked a season-best time and finished second in its heat. Alyssa Johnson led off the race, followed by Eisenbeiss, Lauryn McKay and Waller. The group posted a combined time of 3:42.40, earning ninth overall and falling one spot shy of qualifying for the final round. 

“It is tough to come so close, but not make it to the finals,” Kepler said. “But I am very proud of the effort our team showed.” 

Under great weather conditions at the BYU Robison Invitational, Aoife Hickey had a nice start in the hammer throw recording a top-throw of 199-03.25 feet to win the event. Anneli Stahl took second setting a personal record on four consecutive throws and finishing with a top-mark of 196-00 feet. Cynthia Sanchez earned fifth with a throw of 167-11.75 feet. 

In the discus, Candus Ford was the only Utah thrower to compete 140-2.00 claiming fourth overall. 

Kia Wilson clocked personal records in both the 100m and 200m races. In the 100m, Wilson finished eighth in 12.56 seconds. The 200m featured Wilson crossing the line in 25.82 seconds for tenth.

Freshman Sarah Thayne set a personal record in the 400m, finishing 16th posting a time of 1:00.63.

Competition at the Robison Invitational continues Saturday at 10a.m. with women’s shot put. The Drake Relays will finish up on Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. CT.



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