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Utes Record Solid Start at Drake Relays

Destanae Howerton-Davis wins discus at Robison Invitational.

Destanae Howerton-Davis wins discus at Robison Invitational.

April 27, 2012

DES MOINES, Iowa- The Utah women’s track and field team got the 2012 Drake Relays off to a quick start on Friday. Capturing the spotlight for the Utes on the first day was the fourth-place finish by the distance medley relay team.

“We had a pretty good day,” Utah head coach Kyle Kepler said. “Our kids competed hard and they handled themselves very well especially with a weather delay during the meet. It was a productive day and the kids battled hard. It is really good when you can finish in the top-five in any event here and we were able to do that today.” 

Competing in individual events at the Drake Relays were senior Brianna LeRoy and junior Angela Kaplar. The high jump featured LeRoy clearing the bar at 5-7.00 feet, which is right around her personal best. LeRoy’s jump earned 11th place overall. Kaplar represented the Utes in the 100m hurdles where she clocked a time of 14.52 seconds finishing fifth in her heat and 20th overall. Later in the day, Kaplar competed at Simpson College in the same event and finished first. 

The distance medley relay was the highlight of the day for the Utes. Leading of the race was Andrea Chavez followed by Stephanie Jolley and Rosalie Griffin. The final leg of the relay was junior Amanda Mergaert who crossed the line just ahead of the University of Missouri earning the team fourth place with team a combined time of 11:34.20. 



Lauryn McKay, Ali Eisenbeiss, Alyssa Johnson, and Jolley represented the Utes in the 4x400m relay. The Utes got things off to a great start on the first two legs, however trouble with the exchange as they ran into another team on the third leg cost the Utes valuable time as they finished in 3:47.97 earning fourth in the heat and 17th overall.

Several Utah athletes also competed in Provo, Utah at the BYU Robison Invitational.

Getting the day off to a great start were the throwers in the discus. Four Utah athletes qualified for the final round; including the event champion Destanae Howerton-Davis.

Howerton-Davis led the group with a four-foot personal-best throw of 156-2.50 feet. Finishing fifth overall was Candus Aiello with a mark of 139 feet. Alanna Nulph earned sixth with a throw of 135-0.50 feet and Nikkie Rudder posted a ninth-place finish with a throw of 129-07 respectively for the Utes.

In the hammer throw, two Utah athletes qualified for the final round. Anneli Stahl recorded a third place mark of 175-9.50 feet and Rudder earned seventh with a throw of 164-1.25 feet.

The 400m hurdles preliminary round showcased three Utah athletes qualifying for the finals on Saturday. Elise McVicar finished fifth with a time of 1:02.69 while Kayla McMurray crossed sixth with a time of 1:04.81. Lisa Palomaki rounded out the qualifiers with a ninth place performance clocking a time of 1:06.42. All three will return on Saturday for the final round. 

The final day of the BYU Robison Invitational will get underway on Saturday at 10 a.m. beginning with the women’s shot put.

Live results are available at runnercard.com.



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