Destanae Howerton-Davis breaks the school record in the shot put.
April 27, 2013
PROVO, Utah- Wrapping up its fourth consecutive day of competition, the University of Utah women's track and field team breaks its second school record of the weekend. After the 4x800m relay broke the record on Friday, junior Destanae Howerton-Davis beat her own school record in the shot put on Saturday.
"We had a mixed bag of performances today," Utah head coach Kyle Kepler said. "We had some kids run hard and do well, some average and then a few performances I was disappointed in. We have some work to do in the next week in order to get ready for the Pac-12 Conference meet."
On her very first attempt of the afternoon, Howerton-Davis secured the event title and a new school record in the shot put. She posted a throw of 49-4.25 feet, earning the event title and a place Utah's history. The feat marks the fifth time this year that Howerton-Davis has broken a school record mark.
Seniors Cynthia Sanchez and Alanna Nulph also finished in the top-10 of the shot put. Sanchez captured the sixth spot with a throw of 43-4.0 feet, followed by Nulph in seventh with a mark of 43-1.0 feet.
In the seeded 1,500m finals, the Utes claimed the top-two spots. Sophomore Nikki Rietz crossed the line first overall clocking a new personal-best 4:43.64. Katelyn Stringfellow was second overall with a 15 second personal record 4:46.20. Megan Combe finished eighth with a season best 4:59.33, followed by Alex Shaw in 10th with a time of 5:10.07, respectively for the Utes.
The 100m sprint finals featured Kia Wilson running a career-best 12.53 seconds. Wilson's performance earned ninth place and ranks ninth all-time in the school's history.
"All in all we did really well at the BYU Invitational this week," Utah assistant coach Tapio Kuusela said. Everyone enjoyed the great weather we had and we had several personal records. The group is now ready to turn focus on the Weber State Twilight next week."
At the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa the Utes started off the day with the 1600m-sprint medley relay. The team made up of Alyssa Johnson, Lauryn McKay, Ali Eisenbeiss, and Kendahl Melvin posted a combined time of 4:12.10 for 18th.
"I thought we would perform better than we did in the sprint medley," Kepler said. "We got out well in the 200m, but the 400m was not where we thought it would be. Melvin did a good job trying to hold on, but we just need to work on a few things."
"The distance medley was a really hot race," Kepler said. "It got off to a much quicker start than I thought it would. Giselle did everything she could to hang on, and McKay did a good job in the second leg. Andrea ran a little to quick in her first 400m and it cost her the final half of her leg. It was not a lack of effort. Susannah did everything she could and competed well, but just a tough change of pace from a 10K that she ran a week ago."
"I would lying if I didn't say I was disappointed with how our relays finished," Kepler continued. "But we gained experience. The kids gained experience competing in front of a capacity sell out crowd of over 14,000 fans. It was exciting for them and our program to get that kind of opportunity. Hopefully we will come back next year with the underclassman and do better. I was proud of how our seniors performed and the effort they gave today."
Complete BYU Robison Invitational results can be found at: runnercard.com.
The Utes compete next at the Weber State Open in Ogden, Utah on May 1.