The University of Utah track and field team will kick off its 2004 indoor season with the Utah Olympic Oval High School and College Invitational this weekend.
Jan. 13, 2004
The University of Utah track and field team will kick off its 2004 indoor season with the Utah Olympic Oval High School and College Invitational on Sat., Jan. 17, in Kearns, Utah. In addition to Utah, athletes from BYU, Utah Valley State College, Utah State and Weber State are scheduled to compete. Action will kick off at 9:00 a.m. MST and will continue through 6:30 p.m.
Utah is coming off one of the most impressive indoor track and field seasons in Ute history. During the 2003 indoor season, the Utes posted five school records, 132 personal records, 73 top ten performances, two NCAA provisional qualifying marks and one NCAA Championship qualifying mark. The Utes look to have an even bigger year in 2004 with several talented athletes returning to the team.
Utes to Watch:
Junior Nellie Hammons is expected to be a major force in the middle distance and distance events. Last year, Hammons set new school records in the 800-meter run for both the indoor (2:10.43) and outdoor (2:06.99) seasons and ranks second in the 1,500-meter run (4:26.07) for outdoor. She was also Utah's only competitor in the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Hammons will look to kick off another terrific season with this weekends meet at the Olympic Oval.
Katie Decker returns for her final season at Utah. Last season Decker was impressive in the high jump, winning in six of seven meets. She topped off the year with the MWC Indoor High Jump Championship.
Leading the pole vaulters will be junior Trisha Wagner and senior Tracy Hamblin. Wagner added six inches to her previous personal best during last year's outdoor season and finished eighth at the MWC Championships. Hamblin redshirted last season to develop and should help Wagner lead a large pack of Ute vaulters this season.
Next up for the Utes is the Weber State Invitational on Sat., Jan. 24, in Ogden Utah.