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Utah Track & Field Wraps Up First Day of Pac-12 Championships

Rosalie Waller had the second-best qualifying time in the 800m preliminaries

Rosalie Waller had the second-best qualifying time in the 800m preliminaries

Day 1 Results

May 17, 2014

PULLMAN, Wash. - Utah track and field wrapped up its first day of competition at the Pac-12 Championships with Rosalie Waller and Ali Eisenbeiss advancing to the finals of the 800 meters.

"I'm obviously excited for Rosalie and Ali to be racing in the finals tomorrow," head coach Kyle Kepler said. "It'll be a great race with talented kids."

Waller ran the second-best qualifying time, 2:07.23, and reached the finals for the third-straight year. Last season, she finished sixth overall. Eisenbeiss ran 2:08.48 and made the eighth and final spot in tomorrow's finals by six-hundredths of a second. Sophomore Allison Aafedt finished 21st with a time of 2:15.52.

In the final event of the day, junior Rebekah Winterton, the school record holder in the 10k, placed eighth with a time of 35:07.33. Last season, Winterton was sixth with a time of 36:12.54

"Rebekah battled through her race and put on a heck of a show to get us that point," Kepler added. "She was thinking about the team the whole race and really gutted it out. Now the thing will be to get her rested for the regional meet in a few weeks."

Utah competed in three field events on Saturday with Nikkie Rudder earning the top finish, placing ninth in the shot put with a toss of 14.82 meters. The senior will compete in the hammer throw tomorrow. Freshman Kassie Nagel had the best throw of her young career, placing 12th with a toss of 13.87 meters.



"We were right on the verge today with some of our performances," Kepler stated. "Nikkie was seventh going into the finals of her event and placed ninth, which is right around where she entered the day when you compare her with the rest of the field."

In the high jump, Kailey Hansen narrowly missed a PR, finishing 11th with a leap of 1.66 meters. Courtney Jost, who will participate in the triple jump tomorrow, placed 13th in the long jump at 5.61 meters.

Freshman Alissa Atisme ran a personal best 24.63 in the 200 meter prelims but failed to qualify for the finals, placing 15th. A pair of freshmen also competed in the 400 meters with Rhianna Williams earning a 12th-place finish with a time of 55.26 seconds and Grace Englund clocking in at 57.42 seconds.

"I will say it's great for these freshmen to come in and get their feet wet in this type of environment," Kepler said. "Kailey almost had a top-five finish in the high jump. Courtney got off step just a little bit and that meant she narrowly missed scoring for us. Rhianna had a great performance and just couldn't advance against a deep, experienced group.

Freshman Christine Van Brocklin took part in a pair of hurdle events, finishing with a time of 15:08 in the 100 meters and 1:03.81 In the 400 meters

Other results included Atisme running the 100m in 12.13 seconds and a pair of Utes completing the 1500 meter event; Andrea Chavez (4:38.51) and Nicole Rietz (4:39.64)

"There is just so much talent here and you can't have anything go wrong," Kepler said. "In fact, you need things to go perfectly and you need to have luck on your side. We had our ups and downs so I think we're right where we thought we'd be."

Tomorrow, senior Aoife Hickey and freshman Ilse Kaaja are ones to watch in the hammer throw. Meanwhile, junior Susannah Hurst is coming off an impressive performance at the Mt. Sac Relays, setting the school record in the 5k with a time of 16:06.31.

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