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Utah Track and Field Set For Husky Classic

Junior Susannah Hurst and the Utes head to Seattle this weekend.

Junior Susannah Hurst and the Utes head to Seattle this weekend.

Feb. 11, 2014

SALT LAKE CITY-  Following a great performance at the Bronco Invitational on Feb. 8, the Utah women's track and field team gets set to face its toughest challenge of the season thus far. The Husky Classic is recognized as one of the most competitive and heavily attended competitions of the collegiate indoor season and will begin Friday, Feb. 14 at 4:00 p.m. PDT with the weight throw at the Dempsey Indoor Track in Seattle, Washington.   

"The Husky Classic is a huge meet," head coach Kyle Kepler said. "We will get the chance to find out where we are against some of the best teams in the country. Our kids, especially our young ones, will probably get a little bit of a learning experience. This is where we find out where they stack and what we need to do as a coaching staff to get them ready for the championships coming up later in the year."

In the throwing events, look for senior Nikkie Rudder to continue her success as a premiere athlete. This season, Rudder has set a new school record in the shot put and has captured multiple event titles in the shot put and weight throw.  Freshman Kassie Nagel also looks to continue her success after recording a new personal best in the shot put at the Bronco Invitational.

The middle distance events will feature the duel threat of Rosalie Waller and Ali Eisenbeiss. Both runners are coming off indoor personal best times in the 800, capturing the top two spots at the Bronco Invitational. Waller, a former walk-on, continues to improve every meet as she prepares for the upcoming indoor championships. Eisenbeiss has played a valuable role in the 400 as well as the relays for the Utes.



True freshman Alissa Atisme will lead the sprints group after recording a school record in the 200 just a week ago. Atisme's time of 24.97 makes her the first runner in Utah history to run the event under 25 seconds. Jameela Hayes, Grace Englund and Danielle Perez will also be competing in the sprinting events for the Utes.

In the distance events, the Utes will be lead by juniors Rebekah Winterton and Susannah Hurst. Junior Andrea Chavez and freshman Becky Sarmiento will also bolster the depth of the group.

"Physically, we are going to keep doing the things that we know we do well and try to improve on some of the weaknesses," stated Kepler. "This week, it is more about our mental preparation. We need to be ready to go out there and not be afraid of the situation. Our athletes need to be ready to be aggressive and make their move when it is their time."

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