Rosalie Waller will compete in the invitational 800-meter race for the Utes.
April 24, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY- The University of Utah women’s track and field team travels to Des Moines, Iowa on Friday for the 105th annual Drake Relays this week. The runners will begin on Friday at 8:00 a.m. CT at Drake Stadium. Athletes not competing at the Drake Relays will travel to Provo, Utah for the Robison Invitational.
“The Drake Relays is a chance to get our kids in front of a national audience,” head coach Kyle Kepler said. “It also gives our kids a chance to value teamwork as they compete in a variety of relays. We have primarily been running in individual events and time trials all season and this weekend is a chance to get our kids to work in a different way.”
The Drake Relays has always been a meet that the Utes have experienced great success. In 2011, the Utah distance-medley team was crowned champion with a school-record performance. Last year, the Utes recorded two third-place performances in the open 800-meter run and the 4x800 relay.
The Utes look to continue that success as they gear up to compete. Juniors Rebekah Winterton and Susannah Hurst will lead the distance group as they look to continue the success they experienced last weekend. At the Mt. Sac Relays, Winterton broke the school record in the 10,000 that stood for more than 30 years with a time of 33:28.43. Hurst also recorded a school record, after surpassing Winterton’s previous school record in the 5,000 with a time of 16:06.31.
Senior Rosalie Waller and junior Ali Eisenbeiss are slated to compete in a very competitive invitational 800-meter race. Last year, Waller and Eisenbeiss are accustomed to performing well at the Drake Relays after helping the Utes capture third last season in the 4x800 with a school-record time of 8:38.56.