Junior Sarah Grimm won the MWC hammer throw title Friday in Laramie, Wyo.
May 15, 2009
LARAMIE, Wyo. - Junior Sarah Grimm and senior Josefin Berg took the top two spots in the hammer throw, respectively, to score 18 points for the University of Utah track & field team as the Utes completed their first day of competition at the Mountain West Conference Outdoor Championships Friday at the Louis S. Madrid Track Complex.
The Utes are in fourth place after their first day of competition with a total of 34 points.
"Overall, we had about as good of a meet as I could have hoped for," Utah head coach Kyle Kepler said. "The conditions were brutal with 20 mile-per-hour winds so we had to be mentally tough."
Grimm won the hammer throw event with a throw of 197'7" to take the title by 3'4" over her teammate Berg. Berg, a senior from Osthammar, Sweden, finished as the runner-up with a mark of 193'3". Teammates Jessica Hampton and Kastin Frostl also competed in the event as Hampton took 15th place at a personal-bet mark of 151'1", besting her previous best mark of 146'4". Frostl was 18th at a mark of 140'8".
"Obviously, we were really happy with our hammer throw performance," Kepler said. "Any time you can go 1, 2 in an event at the conference level, you know you're doing a good job. This is a tribute to [throws coach] Tapio [Kuusela] and how much work everyone has put into the program."
Grimm also posted a team-high performance in the discus throw with a mark of 143'4", while senior Chasity Toilo claimed the 14th spot at a mark of 142'8". Freshman Candus Aiello posted a 22nd-place mark at 123'11".
In the preliminaries of the 1,500-meter run, senior Chelsea DiGrazia recorded a time of 5:00.76 to qualify for tomorrow's final race at approximately 12:30 p.m. Classmate Janett Ern also qualified after taking 10th place with a time of 5:03.47.
Senior Chelsea Shapard leads the 400-meter hurdle event after today's preliminary heats. Shapard turned in a meet-best 59.75 seconds to finish .37 seconds ahead of TCU's Meaghan Peoples. Chelsey Kaplar also qualified for tomorrow's final heat (at approximately 2:10 p.m.) after she finished seventh in the preliminaries at a time of 62.16 seconds.
Ashley Patterson claimed an eighth-place time in the 400-meter dash to qualify for tomorrow's final heat (approximately 1:10 p.m.) at a time of 55.85 seconds.
Freshman Klaudia Rokossa placed fourth in the pole vault as she cleared a personal-best height of 12'7.5", while junior Laryssa Simpson followed in sixth place by tying her personal-best performance with a height of 11'7.75".
Lucy Yates barely missed qualifying for tomorrow's final heat in the 800-meter run as she claimed 10th place at a time of 2:23.84. Whitney Wellington turned in a 14th-place performance in the 100-meter dash at a time of 12.37 seconds.
The final day of the Mountain West Conference Outdoor Champions begins tomorrow at noon.