Susannah Hurst and the Utes head to California this weekend to compete at the Mt. Sac Relays and Beach Invitational.
April 17, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY- University of Utah track and field prepares for a tough test as they head to California this weekend. The Utes are scheduled to compete at the Mt. Sac Relays and Beach Invitational from Thursday to Saturday, while other members of the team will head to Logan, Utah for the Mark Faldmo Invitational.
“We continue to progress from week to week,” head coach Kyle Kepler said. “Our kids continue to work hard and fight every day, and that is all that we can ask for. We’ll head to California this weekend where we will compete in a couple of meets including the Mt. Sacs Relays and Beach Invitational.”
Coming off great performances at the Utah Spring Classic, juniors Rebekah Winterton and Susannah Hurst will lead the way for the Utes. Winterton is currently ranked 26th in the U.S. in the 5k after posting a time of 16:08.24 at the Stanford Invitational and Hurst is ranks 22nd in the country in the 10k with a time of 33:55.98. With nationally ranked athletes scheduled to compete, Winterton and Hurst have a chance to show what they can do against stiffer completion and improve upon those rankings.
Junior Ali Eisenbeiss is coming off a meet-record performance in the 800 at the Utah Spring Classic. Eisenbeiss looks forward to proving herself this week as she leads the Utah middle distance group.
The hurdle events will feature freshman Christine Van Brocklin. Van Brocklin is fresh off a season-best performance in the 100-meter hurdles last weekend and hopes to build on that season-best time of 14.32 seconds and qualify for the national meet in May.
“The Mt. Sac Relays is a huge invitational every year hosted by Mt. San Antonio College,” Kepler added. “Their track is in a perfect location and the weather is always really nice. The distance races are primarily highlighted, but we will also take advantage of some outstanding sprinting, jumping, and throwing events as well.”
Action at the Mt. Sac Relays is set to begin on Thursday with the collegiate 10,000-meter run at 7:45 p.m. PST at the Hilmer Lodge Stadium in Walnut, Calif.
Athletes set to participate at the Beach Invitational will compete on Saturday at the Cerritos College Stadium in Long Beach, Calif.
“Some of our emerging talents that couldn’t quite get into Mt. Sacs will head to the Beach Invitational,” Kepler stated. “Last year it turned out to be a terrific meet for us and was an excellent building block towards the end of the season.”
A small number of athletes will also stay close to home and compete at the Mark Faldmo Invitational in Logan, Utah on Friday and Saturday.
Check back to utahutes.com for meet recaps and results following each day’s action.