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Howerton-Davis Wins Shot Put at Robison Invitational

Destanae Howerton-Davis wins shot put at Robison Invitational.

Destanae Howerton-Davis wins shot put at Robison Invitational.

April 28, 2012

DES MOINES, Iowa- After four days of competing, the Utah women’s track and field team wrapped up action at the Drake Relays and BYU Robison Invitational. The final day was capped by Destanae Howerton-Davis’ first-place performance in the shot put.

“Overall we had a solid and productive weekend,” Utah head coach Kyle Kepler said. “I think that we are at where we want to be right now. We just need to get through finals and stay healthy.”

At the Drake Relays, the Utes had a solid second day led by Amanda Mergaert in the 1500m. Mergaert got off to a really good start, but showed signs of fatigue from back-to-back days of competing in the final 500m of the race. She recorded a solid time of 4:25.99 for ninth place.

“Amanda looked really good and smooth at the start of the race, but ran out of gas from two days of racing,” Kepler said. “We will continue working on strength and getting ready for back-to-back days as we prepare for the conference and championship meets. We will keep growing and keep improving.

Senior Brianna LeRoy competed in the long jump for the Utes. She had two good first jumps, but unfortunately fouled on both of them. With one jump remaining, LeRoy stayed conservative and recorded a mark of 17-6.00 for 20th.

At the BYU Robison Invitational, Destanae Howerton-Davis captured the event title in the shot put. Howerton-Davis threw a mark of 48-7.50 feet, which is the second-best mark in school history and 0.75 of an inch shy of breaking the school record.

Also finishing in the top-five of the shot put were three other Utah athletes. Candus Aiello posted a third-place mark of 45-4.50. Alanna Nulph (44-8.25 feet) and Nikkie Rudder (44-3.50 feet) earned fourth and fifth overall.



“We had a small group here, but I thought they did very well this weekend,” Utah assistant coach Tapio Kuusela said after the Robison Invitational. “The results were pleasing here. We still need time to square out our technique, but we will have things ready before the Pac-12 Conference Championships.”

The 400m hurdles featured two Utah athletes in the final round. Senior Elise McVicar set a new personal record with a fourth-place time of 1:01.71. Fellow teammate Kayla McMurray crossed the line in fifth place with a time of 1:02.75. 

“Next week we will fine tune some things at the Weber Open as we get ready for our first Pac-12 Conference Championships,” said Kepler.

Final results are available at www.runnercard.com.




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