Alyssa Abbott sets new personal best in the mile.
March 3, 2012
SOUTH BEND, Ind. - One day after breaking the school record, the four members of the Utah distance medley relay fell short of qualifying for the NCAA Championships in individual events potentially marking the end to the indoor season.
"We had a terrific weekend and I am proud of the way our kids competed," Utah head coach Kyle Kepler said. "As far as results today, we didn't achieve what we wanted to, but it wasn't from a lack of effort. Our kids competed hard and gave a great effort. It is hard to come back the next day after putting everything into last night's distance medley relay. I give our team a lot of credit and am proud with the effort they showed last night and today."
Opening up the day for the Utes, was junior Lauryn McKay in the 400m. McKay set the tone early posting the second-best performance of her career with 56.55 seconds capturing 11th place. McKay's time earns her the fifth-best performance in school history.
Running in the second event for Utes was senior Lucy Yates. In the 800m, Yates clocked a time of 2:16.16 finishing 25th overall.
Junior Amanda Mergaert led the team in the mile finishing 12th place. Mergaert recorded her second best time of the year at 4:44.27. Also competing in the mile was senior Alyssa Abbott. In the final race of her collegiate career, Abbott set a career-best time of 4:49.69 securing 21st place. Abbott's performance is the second-best time in school history.
"Again I am extremely proud with the way we competed this weekend, especially last night in the distance medley relay," Kepler said. "All the coaches have complimented us on how well our relay ran. This is the fastest qualifying year ever in that event. Our time would have qualified in every year prior to this season. Unfortunately, we didn't make it, but I am very happy and couldn't be prouder of the effort our kids gave."