Nikkie Rudder is set to compete in the shot put at the UVU Invitational.
March 29, 2011
SALT LAKE CITY- The University of Utah women's track & field team will stay in the state of Utah as it is set to compete at the Utah Valley University Invitational. The meet is scheduled to begin Friday at 11:30 a.m. MDT and will be held at the Hal Wing Track & Field in Orem, Utah.
"We will train through this meet with our top-level athletes," said Utah head coach Kyle Kepler. "The UVU meet will be a chance for our younger developing runners to get an opportunity to race. I would like to see some consistency from our throws, sprints, and hurdles group. Due to the technical nature, most athletes in those events just need reps to get better."
Utah throws coach Tapio Kuusela will use this week to practice technique as they prepare for Friday's UVU Invitational. Sophomore Nikkie Rudder will lead the way for the Utes in the shot put after finishing eighth at last weekend's ASU Invitational. In the hammer throw, Anneli Stahl is coming off a third place effort at the ASU Invitational and looks to build on that performance this weekend.
In the hurdles, Angela Kaplar set the school record for the indoor 60m hurdles earlier this season. She now looks to carry that momentum into the outdoor season in the 100m hurdles. Utah coaches are optimistic about freshman Rosalie Griffin's potential in the 400m hurdles. Last week, Griffin competed in her first career 400m hurdles race at the ASU Invitational and finished 13th place. The sprints group will feature Alyssa Johnson in the 200m as well as several runners in the 400m race.
"All things considered we are off to a pretty good start. We haven't had the greatest weather for training outdoors, but our team has endured and it shows with some of our high-level performances at the ASU and Stanford Invitationals'. However, we also have some athletes who are searching for consistency and health. The injury/illness bug hit us pretty hard between indoor and outdoor so we need to focus on gaining and retaining better health which will allow us to train more consistently at a higher level. In turn, that will lead to better performances in the coming weeks."