Utah track and field heads to Idaho.
Feb. 6, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY- The Utah women's track and field team will hit the road Saturday to compete at the Bronco Invitational. The event will be held at the Jacksons Indoor Track at the Ford Idaho Center in Nampa, Idaho and is schedule to begin at 9 a.m. MDT.
"I know these girls are training really hard," head coach Kyle Kepler said. "We are really getting after them right now and we are still getting great performances."
Utah's Nikkie Rudder will be looking to continue the success she had last weekend at the Mountain State Games as she returns to her hometown of Nampa, Idaho. Last week, Rudder was able to capture first place in both the shot put and weight throw.
"The level of competition, especially in the throwing events, is really going to start to step up," Kepler said. "We will find out more about where she is at this weekend. It certainly does not hurt to build up the confidence she has right now and take that with her into the bigger meets. I think she is going to fit in well and give herself a chance to score very well as we get into some of the upcoming meets."
Distance runners are returning to action after a tremendous all-around team performance at the Washington Invitational. With six athletes recording personal records, the Utes look to continue that success as they enter their second meet of the season. The distance group is lead by juniors Rebekah Winterton and Susannah Hurst, who have now claimed the third and fourth spots on Utah's all-time list for the 3,000.
In the pole vault, senior Theresa Waybright looks to improve on a personal-best performance of 12 feet, 5.5 inches.
Stephanie Jolley will lead the way for the hurdles and sprints group. She ran a time of 55.79 last weekend at the UW Invitational in the 400.
"Last week she ran a great race," Kepler said. "She faced some harder competition and I felt like she handled it very well."
Additional athletes to look for this weekend include Aoife Hickey (throws), Kassie Nagel (throws), Aliss Atisme (sprints), Jameela Hayes (sprints), Ali Eisenbeiss (sprints), Andrea Chavez (distance), AuraLea Fain (distance), Nicole Rietz (distance), Jessica Sams (distance), Courtney Jost (jumps), Christine Van Brocklin (hurdles), and Rosalie Waller (hurdles/middle distance).