Stephanie Jolley will lead the Utes in the 400m hurdles at the Pac-12 Conference Championships.
May 8, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY- Currently in sixth place with two points following the multi events, the University of Utah women’s track and field team gets set to continue action with the running and throwing events at the inaugural Pac-12 Conference Championships on Saturday. Getting things started will be the women’s hammer throw at 10 a.m. PST at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore.
“Our first experience last week in the multi events was a positive one,” Utah head coach Kyle Kepler said. “Brianna (LeRoy) will be able to share her experiences with her teammates to help them prepare better. Those experiences will include thoughts about competing hard and belonging. Staying positive and completely focused in the moment will be the other focuses. Those things will be the biggest difference because just scoring in any event in this league will be a great task. If you let down or aren’t focused, there will be several people there to challenge you. In the end it will allow us to reach greater performances and better prepare ourselves for the NCAA meet.”
Setting the stage in the first weekend of action was senior Brianna LeRoy in the heptathlon. LeRoy finished the event seventh overall and became the first Utah track and field athlete to score team points. Her leadership and experience will help guide the younger group of athletes who are making their first appearance at a conference championship meet. After struggling with the javelin in the multi events, LeRoy looks to redeem herself as she is slated to compete in the javelin throw this weekend. LeRoy will also lead the team in the jumping events.
Trying to qualify for her fourth career NCAA Championships meet, junior Amanda Mergaert is set to compete in the 1500m. Entering the weekend, Mergaert ranks 88th in the country, but with a week of rest behind, she looks to improve on that mark.
Anneli Stahl currently ranks 77th in the country in the women’s hammer throw and will get the action started for the team on Saturday. Stahl has posted consistent performances throughout the season and is looking to earn team points for the Utes with a good performance this week.
The Utes head into the final weekend of the inaugural Pac-12 Conference Championships in sixth place with two points earned by LeRoy.
“This week of practice will focus on sharpening our skills and resting,” Kepler said. “There will also be more mental preparation than usual.”
Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore., is well known for having great performances, and with good weather conditions predicted in the forecast, the Utes are set to establish themselves among in the conference as they go head-to-head with some of the country’s top ranked teams.
Live results will be available at http://www.pac-12.org/portals/7/Championships/track/2012/index.htm