Vanessa Mortensen finished fifth in the hammer throw.
May 28, 2004
NORTHRIDGE, Calif - Several athletes from the University of Utah outdoor track and field teams finished the first day of competition for the 2004 Western Regional NCAA Championships on Friday, May 28. The top five athletes in each event qualified for next month's NCAA Championship meet. Utah's Vanessa Mortensen qualified in the hammer by finishing fifth (59.52m) overall.
Utah got several impressive performances in the preliminary events. Jen Jackman, Nellie Hammons, and Nephi Tyler all qualified for the final race in their respective event. Jackman finished eighth (59.51) in the 400-meter hurdles. Her mark is not only a new personal record, but also a school record. Hammons finished third in the 800 with 2:07.26, and Tyler finished ninth in the 1,500 with 3:45.50.
"Our athletes did a great job," states Head Coach Lisa Archer. "We're a looking forward to tomorrow's events where we have three runners and a high jumper competing in their final events. Our freshmen Jennie Haertel and Amanda Feigt got some great experience today. They were excited and a little nervous, but it was their first time competing in a meet of this magnitude"
Competition will continue tomorrow starting with the men's javelin at 8:30 a.m. (PT). Complete results are posted at www.gomatadors.com.
Women's Results 400-Meter Hurdles (Prelims) 8. Jen Jackman (59.51)q 800-Meter Run (Prelims) 3. Nellie Hammons (2:07.26)q 1,500-Meter Run (Prelims) 16. Jennie Haertel (4:34.96) Long Jump (Finals) 12. Amanda Feigt (5.73m) Pole Vault (Finals) 23. Tracy Hamblin (3.61m) Hammer Throw (Finals) 5. Vanessa Mortensen (59.52m) 20. Natasha Eldridge (56.94m) Men's Results 1,500-Meter Run (Prelims) 9. Nephi Tyler (3:45.50)q 5,000-Meter Run (Finals) 11. Delfino Arevalo (14:39.52)