Utah track and field heads to Bronco Invitational on Saturday.
Jan. 16, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY- The University of Utah women’s track and field team heads north this Saturday to compete at the Bronco Invitational in Nampa, Idaho. The event will be hosted by Boise State University and held at Jacksons Indoor Complex. Competition will get underway with the women’s high jump beginning at 9 a.m. MST.
Poor weather conditions last weekend preventing the team from competing at the Snake River open. With the exception of the throwers, all of Utah’s athletes competing on Saturday will be making their 2013 season debuts.
“I don’t think there will be that big of an effect mentally to our group by not competing last weekend,” Utah head coach Kyle Kepler said. “With the exception of a few freshmen who have to wait an extra seven days to begin their collegiate careers, we have a veteran group of athletes. Plus, it is the first meet of the season, so everyone knows the expectations are simply to compete as hard as they can and not worry as much about marks.”
Making her first appearance in over a year will be NCAA Championships Qualifier Iverson. After redshirting in 2012 because of injury, Iverson returns as the Utes top high jumper and has her eyes set on breaking the school record and qualifying for the national meet again.
The hurdle events will feature the combination of Kaplar and Jolley. Coming off a breakout year in 2012, Jolley looks to continue her success in the long sprint events and qualify for the MPSF Championships. Kaplar has led the Utes the previous two years in the 60m hurdles and will look to cap off her indoor collegiate career with an NCAA Championships appearance.
“Jacksons Indoor Complex hosted the NCAA Championships a year ago and is very similar to the facility where this year’s NCAA Championships will be held [University of Arkansas],” Kepler said. “There are likely to be a few more teams at this meet that will raise the competition level from what we would have had a week ago.”