Stephanie Jolley posts career-best performance in the 400m.
April 14, 2012
OGDEN, Utah- A day after hosting the Utah Spring Classic, the University of Utah women's track and field team returned to action as it competed at the Weber State Wildcat Open. Leading the team on Saturday was junior Stephanie Jolley capturing first place in the 400m.
"We had another solid day," Utah head coach Kyle Kepler said. "When you put the two meets together we had a solid weekend. There were new kids that who really stepped up and set new personal records. It is really good to see new people stepping up especially as we start getting into the bigger meets that are ahead of us." Overall I like that we are competing harder and smarter in our events. We are still a work in progress, but we are seeing good things each and every week."
Leading the charge for the Utes on Saturday was Jolley in the 400m. Competing in the second heat, Jolley got things off to a quick start. She separated herself from the pack quickly finishing with a new lifetime-best 55.52 seconds. Jolly's time earned first place, edging out the first heat winner Amanda Alston of Weber State (55.89 seconds).
Running into the wind, junior Angela Kaplar won her second 100m hurdles event title in two days. Kaplar clocked a time of 14.43 beating Montana State's Katie Niemeir who finished second with a time of 14.48.
The shot put featured the Utes claiming four of the top-six spots. Heading the charge was Candus Aiello and Alanna Nulph. Finishing with a mark of 45-5.25 feet for second place was Aiello, while fellow teammate Nulph captured third with a mark of 44-11.00 feet. Destanae Howerton-Davis earned fifth with a mark of 43-9.00 feet. Nikkie Rudder rounded out the top-six finishers with a throw of 43-6.00 feet, respective for the Utes.
"Overall I like that we are competing harder and smarter in our events," Kepler said. "We are still a work in progress, but we are seeing good things each and every week. This was another opportunity to get things crisp before heading into the core of our schedule beginning next week."
The Utes will compete next at Mt. Sac Relays in Walnut, Calif., on April 19.