Utah track and field heads to Idaho this weekend.
Jan. 29, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY- The University of Utah women’s track and field team will get the month of February off to a quick start as it heads to the Bronco Classic and Mountain States Games this weekend.
“This week’s meet will provide the best competition we will have seen so far this season,” Utah head coach Kyle Kepler said. “The fields in almost every event will be deeper across the board. That is exactly the type of challenge we need at this point in the season.”
With the entire team competing together, the Utes hope to continue with their momentum after winning five event titles last week at the New Mexico Invitational.
“Everyone has competed at least once, so now the expectations begin to rise,” Kepler said. “We expect to see significant improvements and lifetime-best performances as the calendar turns to February. We also want to see our athletes begin to be more focused on executing the competition plan.”
The throwers are coming off a dominated performance in New Mexico as they claimed the event titles in both the weight throw and shot put. Cynthia Sanchez set a big personal record as she posted a weight throw mark of 60-5.00 feet. The 2013 season has marked the first time in school history that two Utah throwers have cleared the 60 foot distance in the same season. Anneli Stahl also broke the 60 foot mark at the BYU Invitational.
The middle distance events will feature the duel threat of Ali Eisenbeiss and Rosalie Waller. Both runners are coming off top-five finishes at the New Mexico Invitational in the 400m. Waller, a former walk-on, had a breakout year in 2012 and has thus far continued that success into this season. Eisenbeiss has played a valuable role in the 400m as well as the relays for the Utes.
This weekend, the throwers will compete at the Mountain States Games in Pocatello Idaho. The throwing events begin on Friday at 12 p.m. MST at Holt Arena. The rest of the team will be competing at the Bronco Classic on Saturday. The Bronco Classic will begin at 9 a.m. with the high jump and be held at Jacksons Indoor Complex in Nampa, Idaho.