Ilsa Kaaja and the Utes compete at the Pac-12 Championships this weekend
May 14, 2014
SALT LAKE CITY- The University of Utah track and field teams heads to Pullman, Wash. this weekend for the Pac-12 Conference Championships. The Utes will begin action at 12 p.m. PT on Saturday with the women's long jump.
"We are going to fight like crazy," head coach Kyle Kepler said. "Everybody at this meet is good and it is the conference championship for a reason. I expect that we will get great efforts across the board. One thing about our program over the last nine years is that when we go to conference meets, we fight for every point and place we can get. I don't expect anything different from our kids this weekend."
On the first day of action, the Utah runners will compete in preliminary rounds with the exception of the 10,000-meter race. The field athletes will have to come out of the gate strong with athletes competing in trial and final rounds in the long jump, javelin, shot put, and high jump during the first day.
Getting action underway for the Utes will be Courtney Jost in the long jump. Jost earned seventh overall at the Longhorn Invitational and is also a NCAA preliminary qualifier in the triple jump.
Juniors Rebekah Winterton and Susannah Hurst will headline the distance events. Winterton and Hurst are currently school-record holders in the 10,000 and 5,000-meter races. Winterton set the school-record in the 10,000 earlier this season after surpassing one of Utah's longest standing records with the time of 33:28.43 at the Mt. Sac Relays. Hurst posted a lifetime best time of 16:06.31 to break the school record in the 5,000.
The Utes will be represented by true freshman Christine Van Brocklin in the hurdle events. Van Brocklin is coming off an eight-place performance at the Longhorn Invitational in the 400-meter hurdles. She looks to continue recent success and help the Utes capture team points in the hurdling events.
Veterans Rosalie Waller and Ali Eisenbeiss will lead the Utes in the middle distance events. Waller finished sixth overall in the 800 at this meet last year with a time of 2:10.72 and both runners have qualified for the NCAA preliminary meet.