Utes head to Cherry and Silver Invitational this weekend.
Jan. 22, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY- The University of women's track and field team is gearing up for the Cherry and Silver Invitational this weekend. The event will be held at the Alburquerque Convention Center beginning at 4 p.m. MT on Friday with the women's weight throw.
"This week we are going to step up the competition level significantly," Utah head coach Kyle Kepler said. "New Mexico is hosting the NCAA Championships this year and a lot of teams are trying to get into the building."
With veteran athletes returning to action, the Utes hope to continue their momentum after winning three event titles at the BYU Invitational at the first meet of the year.
"Our best kids will be competing this weekend," Kepler said. "The veteran kids who you are used to seeing and hearing about will step up. We just wanted to get some of them opened up and give them another two-week cycle of training. From this point forward you will see our best kids out there every week."
Coming off a first-place and school-record performance in the shot put, senior Nikki Rudder will lead the throws group. Alongside Rudder will be redshirt junior Aoife Hickey and freshman Kassie Nagel who will help to set the tone for the Utes as they get the meet started on Friday.
The sprints/middle distance group will be lead by senior Rosalie Waller, who ran the second-fastest time in the country in the 500-meter the last time she stepped on the track. Other runners looking to have impressive performances include Stephanie Jolley, Alexandria Eisenbeiss, Alissa Atisme, Alexandria Eisenbeiss, Grace Englund, and Jameela Hayes.
"Just coming out of cross country and the winter training and stuff, I just felt like we wanted to wait one more week and take advantage of the over-sized track up in Seattle," Kepler said. "I think it saves on their legs and makes the transition for them into the track season a little bit easier."