Senior leadership will guide the Utes at the 104th Drake Relays.
April 23, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY- The University of Utah women’s track and field team gears up to compete at the 104th Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa on Friday. The runners will begin on Friday at 8:00 a.m. CT at Drake Stadium. Runners not running at the Drake Relays will be at the BYU Robison Invitational at the Clarence F. Robison Track and Field Complex in Provo, Utah on Friday.
Entering the week, the Utes are ranked #52 (out of 312) teams in the country according to USTFCCCA national rankings. The mark is the highest ever in the program’s history.
“We have had some recent success at Drake,” Utah head coach Kyle Kepler said. “We are going to try and build on that by running in four relays and a couple of individual events. We will try to limit everyone to only two events and then maybe add in a final 4x400m relay at the end. Every event is tough there and we want to put our athletes in a position to win and be successful. That is what we are looking forward to and also seeing some new competition.”
“Then some of our emerging athletes and throwers will be down in Provo,” Kepler continued. “We want to give them a chance to step up and get better as they continue to improve. We also want to let them take another step towards preparing for the conference meet in a few weeks.”
In the previous three years, the Utes have experience tremendous success at the Drake Relays. In 2010, Alyssa Abbott won the first event title in school history with her performance in the 1500m. The following year in 2011, Utah’s distance-medley relay team was crowned champion with a school-record performance.
With 14 runners slated to compete, the Utes plan to build on previous success and qualify individuals for the NCAA Region Championships next month. The level of competition will be suburb as historically Drake attracts the top programs in the country.
The remaining runners and all the throwers will stay close to home and compete at the Robison Invitational.
In 2012, the throwers dominated the field at the Robison Invitational and are coming off school record performances in the shot, discus, and hammer throws. Look for several of the Utah throwers to step up and punch their tickets to the NCAA Region Championships with high throws.
Live Drake Relays results will be available at: http://www.nmnathletics.com/fls/15700/livestats/Relays/13/index.htm?SPSID=319753&SPID=8142&DB_OEM_ID=15700
Live BYU Robison Invitational results can be found at: runnercard.com