Andrea Chavez leads Utes in 800m.
April 13, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY- Hosting the first meet on campus in over thirty years, the University of Utah women’s track and field team posted a strong performance in the inaugural event at the McCarthey Family Track and Field Friday.
“Overall I couldn’t be happier with how things turned out today,” Utah head coach Kyle Kepler said. “Our chance to have a home meet at the University of Utah for the first time in 30 years is a special experience. Our staff feels fortunate to be the ones to be able to host this event.”
Getting the day off to a quick start for the Utes was junior Anneli Stahl in the hammer throw. Stahl led the team with her second-place mark of 178-4.50 feet. Junior Nikkie Rudder finished second for the Utes and fourth overall after setting a new 10 foot personal record throw of 171-2.75 feet. Destanae Howerton-Davis and Lindsay John finished sixth and 12th overall, respectively.
The shot put event featured the Utes capturing three of the top-five spots. Rudder led the charge finishing first with a throw of 47-3.75 feet. Earning third place was Alanna Nulph recording a mark of 44-11.00. Candus Aiello posted a fourth-place mark of 44-9.75 for the Utes.
Making her final appearance in front of the home crowd was senior Brianna LeRoy. The high jump featured LeRoy dominating the field clearing the first-place mark of 5-7.00 feet. LeRoy also tried to clear the 5-10 barrier, but came up just shy of what would be a new personal record. In the long jump, she also was ahead of the field, recording a first-place jump of 19-4.75 feet.
True freshman Andrea Chavez set a new personal record in the 800m finishing first place. Chavez outlasted fellow teammate Amanda Mergaert down the final 100m to capture first place, recording a time of 2:07.64. Mergaert finished second overall with a time of 2:08.36.
Angela Kaplar fired out of the starting blocks to take a quick lead and never looked back in the 100m hurdles. Kaplar posted a dominating performance, recording a season best time of 13.81 seconds to finishing first overall.
The distance events showcased freshman Macee Nielson finishing second place with a 5000m time of 18:13.09. Earning fourth place was Katelyn Stringfellow clocking a time of 18:37.51. Both athletes recorded new personal records.
Kepler’s thoughts following the meet
“I can’t say thank you enough to all of the people who helped put this event on. Our facilities people, the IT technical support were awesome. Our administration was 100% supportive of whatever we needed. Our kids deserve that; they come out here every day and practice hard. To have a home meet here was very special to them and you could tell that with the way they came out and performed. We had some tremendous performances. Senior Brianna LeRoy did excellent in the high jump and long jump as well. The 800m was exciting with Amanda and Andrea coming down to the finish and Andrea pulling it out. It was a big personal record for her and Amanda was close to her personal best too. To be able to win a bunch of events and look as good as we did was a lot of fun for us. We definitely improved and I feel good about where we are at right now. We go to Weber tomorrow and come back and need to be ready to go in some other events and need to be able to get it done back-to-back. It will be a good warm up for conference being able to compete in continuous days. The crowd was great and so many people came out to support us and the teams that were here. We look forward to hosting many more great meets in the future.”