Aoife Hickey will lead the Utes in the hammer throw on Saturday.
March 27, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY-The University of Utah women’s track and field team heads to the desert this weekend to compete at the Arizona State Invitational. The action is scheduled to begin Saturday at 11 a.m. MST at Sun Angel Stadium in Tempe, Ariz. The Utes will also have a small group of athletes competing at the UVU Invitational in Orem, Utah this weekend.
“It feels good to be competing outside,” head coach Kyle Kepler said. “We had an excellent start to the outdoor season last week at the Trojan Invitational and look forward to continue to improve and progress this week. We will be sending athletes to two meets this weekend, the Arizona State and UVU Invitationals. We will be taking our more developed group of athletes to Arizona and the UVU meet will be a chance for some of our younger athletes to develop and get an opportunity to compete.”
Getting the action underway on Saturday in Arizona will be the throws group, starting with the discus. Last week, senior Nikkie Rudder and freshman Kassie Nagel both posted personal records in the shot put. Rudder recorded a second-place performance with a throw measuring 48 feet, 11 inches and is looking to improve upon that success. Senior Aoife Hickey will also be competing for the Utes. Hickey finished second overall in the hammer throw at the Trojan Invitational, followed by freshman Ilse Kaaja in seventh.
Leading the hurdle events will be seniors Rosalie Waller and Alyssa Johnson. Johnson competed for the first time this year last week at the Trojan Invitational and just missed setting a personal record in the 400-meter hurdles. Waller also competed last week in the 400 hurdles, capturing the 5th spot with a new personal best time of 59.78.
Freshman Alissa Atisme will once again lead the sprints group. Atisme competed in her first-ever collegiate outdoor meet last weekend and had impressive performances in the 100 and 200-meter races. In the 200, she finished 12th overall with a time of 25.40 and hopes to continue to improve and establish herself as a top competitor in the Pac-12 Conference.
The distance group will not be competing this weekend as they prepare for the Stanford Invitational on April 4th. Seniors Ali Eisenbeiss and Rebekah Winterton currently lead the Pac-12 in their events. Eisenbeiss claimed the top spot in the 800-meter, where she recently set a new personal record of 2:08.19. Winterton’s time of 16:40.17 in the 5000 is also a new personal record as she continues to establish herself as a premiere athlete.