Aoife Hickey paced three Utes in the top 10 of the hammer at the Pac-12 Championships
May 18, 2014
PULLMAN, Wash. - Utah track and field finished strong at the Pac-12 Championships this afternoon. Rosalie Waller finished second in the 800m, three athletes finished in the top 10 of the hammer throw, and the 4x400 relay team set a new program standard as the Utes racked up their most points at the meet since joining the conference.
“It was a good day as we picked up the most points we’ve ever had and scored in all but three events,” head coach Kyle Kepler said. “Our throwers got us on the board early and then Rosalie and Ali were able to score before the 4x4 closed things out.”
Utah's best result of the day occurred in the 800 meter finals as Waller finished in second place with a time 2:07.20. It was an improvement by three-hundredths of a second over yesterday's qualifying time and gave her the best result in the 800m by a Ute in program history.
Teammate Ali Eisenbeiss improved two spots from yesterday in the same event, clocking in with a time of 2:11.39 for sixth place. The duo continued their outstanding weekend by teaming with Rhianna Williams and Grace Englund in the 4x4. The Ute quartet ran a season-best 3:41.23, placing fifth in the event, a new best for the Utah track program.
In the triple jump, Courtney Jost also earned a top-10 finish with a leap of 11.56 meters and Theresa Waybright achieved a new personal best in the pole vault, clearing 3.83 meters and ending in 12th place.
"Theresa PR’ed and had three great jumps at a NCAA qualifying height,” Kepler stated. “She gave it everything she had and it’s tough to see a fifth-year senior miss by centimeters. That sums things up though for a meet like this. Those few centimeters and inches add up and can either help or hurt you.”
Susannah Hurst, the school record holder in the 5k, finished 12th in the event with a time of 16:51.00
“Susannah pushed the pace and was up near the front for about three-quarters of the race," Kepler added. "I didn’t have a problem with her aggresive running during the race. She really forced the issue with the other runners and tried to lead them out.She showed she belonged and she wasn’t afraid of going for it."
The Utes will now rest and prepare for the NCAA Regional preliminaries which will be held in Fayetteville, Ark., May 29-31.