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Utah Track Prepares for JJK Invitational and Wildcat Invitational

The Utes will compete at the JJK Invitational and the Wildcat Invitational this weekend.

The Utes will compete at the JJK Invitational and the Wildcat Invitational this weekend.

April 8, 2008

The University of Utah track and field team will compete at the Jackie Joyner-Kersee/Rafer Johnson Invitational (JJK Invitational), at UCLA and the Wildcat Invitational in Ogden Utah. The JJK Invitational will be held on Friday, April 11th and Saturday April 12th, while the Wildcat Invitational will be on Saturday.


The Utes opened up the outdoor season with the Cougar Invitational and the Stanford Invitational last weekend. At the Cougar Invitational, Josefin Berg threw a regional qualifying distance in the hammer throw with a toss of 189' 2", which is the third-best throw in school history. Chelsea Shapard won the 400 meters with a regional qualifying time of 59.89.

At BYU in the Javelin throw Breanna Freestone threw a personal-best of 112' 11", which is 9th-best throw on the all-time list. Utah's 4x400-meter relay team of Ashley Patterson, Chelsey Kaplar, Haley McAllister and Shapard finished first after an impressive race.

At the Stanford Invitational on Saturday, Shayla Houlihan set a regional qualifying mark in the 3000-meter steeplechase with a time of 10:44.31. Houlihan's time broke the previous school record by over six seconds.

Chelsea DiGrazia set a lifetime best in the 1500 meters, finishing in 4:30.85 which is fifth on the all-time school list. Lauren Endersen had a personal best in the 5000-meter run of 17:22.63, which is seventh on the all-time list and 49 seconds faster than her previous best.


The Utes had three regional qualifying marks during the first of the season, and a new school record ... for Chelsea Shapard, it is the second-straight season she has regionally qualified for NCAA's ... Shapard reached the NCAA Championships last season ... Utah set six new all-time top-10 marks during the opening meets.




"After a nice opening weekend, we will be looking for some big improvements at UCLA. The majority of our athletes will compete at this meet. Like everyone, we have some athletes who are right where they should be and others who need to step it up. Hopefully, we will get some good weather because we already know the competition will be outstanding. We need to go in and compete hard and know that we have a great opportunity in front of us to win some events and put up some lifetime best marks."

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