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Freshman Show Maturity at Longhorn Invitational

Freshman Alissa Atisme breaks school record in the 200-meter dash at the Longhorn Invitaitonal.

Freshman Alissa Atisme breaks school record in the 200-meter dash at the Longhorn Invitaitonal.

May 4, 2014

AUSTIN, Texas- The Utah women’s track and field team competed at the Longhorn Invitational with multiple freshman recording strong performances. The highlight of the day came in the 200-meter dash where freshman Alissa Atisme broke the school record.

“Overall I thought it was a very solid meet,” assistant head coach Burke Bockman said. “We brought a unique group to Texas, which included a mixture of sixteen athletes from a variety of events. Of the sixteen, ten of them happened to be freshmen and many of them stepped up and represented our team well. Having so many freshmen able to make an impact this late in the season is pretty special and shows you that our program is headed in the right direction.”

Freshmen Alissa Atisme and Rhianna Williams represented the Utes in the 200-meter dash. Atisme posted a new school-record time of 24.42 seconds to claim 36th overall. Williams also ran well for the Utes, recording a new personal-record of 24.82 seconds for 38th-place. Atisme and Williams are the first Utah freshmen to run in the 24-second range for the Utes.

Williams also competed in the 400-meter for the Utes. Williams recorded a time of 55.62 seconds to claim 15th overall. Williams was accompanied by another true freshman Grace Englund, who placed 17th with a time of 57.31.

Getting the Longhorn Invitational underway was the women’s hammer throw. Freshman Ilse Kaaja competed for the Utes, finishing fourth with a throw of 191 feet, 8 inches.



In the high jump, freshman Kailey Hansen cleared a mark of 5 feet, 6 inches to claim fourth overall. Hansen’s performance is also a new season best for her.

Freshman Christine Van Brocklin led the way for the Utes in two events. In the 100-meter hurdles, Van Brocklin recorded a time of 14.55 seconds to earn 21st. She also had an impressive showing in the 400-meter hurdles, finishing with a time of 1:02.82 for 8th-place.

The 1500-meter featured two Utes finishing in the top-ten. Junior Andrea Chavez crossed the line first for the Utes and third overall with a time of 4:32.30. Chavez was followed by sophomore Nikki Rietz, who recorded a time of 4:36.73 for seventh.

Coming off a school record performance in the 800-meter was senior Rosalie Waller. Waller represented the Utes once again in the 800, recording a second-place time of 2:05.69.  Allison Aafedt also competed in the 800, finishing ninth overall.

Freshman Courtney Jost finished sixth in the triple jump with a personal best jump measuring 39 feet, 1 inch.

In the shot put, senior Nikkie Rudder finished in fourth-place with a throw of 48 feet, 1.75 inches. Freshman Kassie Nagel earned tenth, with a throw measuring 45 feet, 4.25 inches.

The Utes will compete next at the Payton Jordan Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif

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