Utes set to compete at the Snake River Open on Saturday.
Jan. 14, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY- The Utah women's track and field team is gearing up for the Snake River Open on Saturday, Jan. 18.The event will be held in the Holt Arena beginning at 9:30 a.m.. Other schools competing in the meet include Idaho State, Brigham Young, Southern Utah, Utah State, Utah Valley, Weber State and Westminster.
"We are going to take almost the same group up to Idaho State on the wood-banked track," head coach Kyle Kepler said. "It's a one of a kind, very unique track. It's kind of out of the old days. There are not very many of those wood tracks left but we can still get a lot of work done. It doesn't really change."
Leading the way for the Utes will be fifth-year senior Nikkie Rudder. Becoming the first Utah female ever to throw over 50 feet in the season-opening meet at BYU, Rudder will be looking for another impressive outing this weekend.
"It's great to have her back," Kepler said about Rudder. "That year off really did her a ton of good. She was pretty good before but I think that extra year of maturity and those extra reps last year have come into play. It's great to see her have that much success this early."
Senior Rosalie Griffin ran the second fastest 500-meter time in the country last weekend.
One group that has not competed yet this year is the distance runners, who will return to the track in a few weeks.
"We are still trying to get them where we want them coming out of the cross country season," Kepler said. "We hope to build their miles back up and that kind of thing. They will compete in a few weeks but the rest of the group should be back out there and hopefully building upon the great start we had this weekend."