Vanessa Mortensen set a school record in the hammer at the 2004 MWC Outdoor Track and Field Championships.
May 15, 2004
LAS VEGAS, Nev. - The University of Utah outdoor track and field teams finished the final day of competition for the 2004 Mountain West Conference Championships on Saturday, May 15. After four days of competition, the four-time defending conference champion BYU women's team and the BYU men's team earned the conference titles. Utah's women's team finished in fifth place with 62 points while the men finished in sixth place with 22 points.
Leading the way for the women were Vanessa Mortensen, Jen Jackman and Nellie Hammons. Mortensen finished second in the hammer, throwing 59.59m. Her mark is not only a new personal record, but also a new school record for the sophomore thrower. Jackman, who had a great meet, finished second in the 400-meter hurdles (59.92) and sixth in the 100-meter hurdles (14.53), contributing 11 points to Utah's total score. Hammons finished third in the 800 meter with 2:10.39.
The Utes got several impressive performances from Jennie Haertel, Elise Greenwood and Andrea Davidson. After qualifying for the finals yesterday, Haertel had another great race in the 1,500 meter finishing fourth with 4:33.24. Greenwood took fourth in the 5,000 meter with 17:15.32 and Davidson finished seventh in the 800 with 2:13.56, a new personal record.
On the men's side, Nephi Tyler and Delifno Arevalo led the way. Tyler finished third in the 1,500 with 3:50.46 and Arevalo finished seventh in the 5,000 with 14:48.65. Together they contributed eight of Utah's 22 points.
"We had an O.K. meet and we hit a few setbacks," states Head Coach Lisa Archer. "But we maintained our placement and showed that we are a strong team. We will concentrate on training and preparing our 11 athletes for the NCAA regional meet over the next week. Overall this has been the best indoor/outdoor track season we've had."
Women's Results Team Rankings 1. BYU (228 points) 2. SDSU (160 points) 3. Colorado State (117 points) 4. Wyoming (96 points) 5. Utah (62 points) 6. UNLV (8 points) 7. Air Force (50 points) 8. New Mexico (46 points) 100-Meter Hurdles 6. Jen Jackman (14.53) 400-Meter Hurdles 2. Jen Jackman (59.92) 800-Meter Run 3. Nellie Hammons (2:10.39) 7. Andrea Davidson (2:13.56) 1,500-Meter Run 4. Jennie Haertel (4:33.24) 5,000-Meter Run 4. Elise Greenwood (17:15.32) 4x100-Meter Relay 6. Utah "A" (48.47) 4x400-Meter Relay 4. Utah "A" (3:47.41) High Jump 6. Katie Decker (1.65m) 12. Nikki Mancinelli (1.60m) 12. Aubry Startin (1.60m) 15. Jamie Munns (1.55m) Triple Jump 8. Amanda Feigt (11.95m) 19. Katy Barton (10.73m) Shot Put 11. Candice Ekberg (12.85m) 13. Sarah Romig (11.68m) Hammer Throw 2. Vanessa Mortensen (59.59m) 8. Natasha Eldridge (53.08m) 12. Amber DeVries (47.94m) Men's Results Team Rankings 1. BYU (261 points) 2. Colorado State (196 points) 3. Air Force (161.50 points) 4. New Mexico (94.50 points) 5. Wyoming (72 points) 6. Utah (22 points) 1,500-Meter Run 3. Nephi Tyler (3:50.46) 11. Colby Frazier (3:58.14) 5,000-Meter Run 7. Delfino Arevalo (14:48.65) 14. Colby Frazier (15:11.30) 4x100-Meter Relay 6. Utah "A" (44.18) 4x400-Meter Relay 6. Utah "A" (3:28.77) Shot Put 12. Brent Hawker (12.76m) Hammer Throw 10. Brent Hawker (41.81m)