Utes looking forward to week two
Jan. 19, 2007
THIS WEEK The University of Utah track and field team split up this weekend with the pole vaulters traveling to Reno, Nev. for the National Pole Vault Summit and the rest of the team going Utah State University for the Utah State Open. Both one-day events will be held on Saturday, Jan. 20th.
LAST WEEK The Utes competed very well in their opener at BYU with many top-three finishers including two first-place finishers. Senior Becky Riddle took first in the women's weight throw with a distance of 56.03ft and sophomore Chelsea Shapard placed first in the 300m dash with a time of 41.16.
UTE NOTES The Utah Track and Field team will be competing in Reno, Nev. and Logan, Utah on Saturday. The pole vaulters will attend a clinic put on by some elite vaulters, who will compete on Friday while the Utes will compete Saturday morning. The rest of the Utes will compete at Utah State beginning at 10a.m. Saturday.
Before the season opener they had academically already proved themselves in the classroom: The Cross Country team had the highest GPA amongst the Ute teams, 3.56. The Track Team GPA 3.29 included 22 athletes that were 3.0 or above, three of which were 4.0.
KEPLER'S QUOTES "The Majority of the team is going to the Utah State Open," says head coach Kyle Kepler, "It's another chance to find out where we are at as a team and as individuals. It's another chance to have the freshman gain valuable experience at this level. I'm not looking for any specific times or distances but as long as the athletes are improving, then we're in good shape."
Kepler ends with, "I'm mainly looking for the athletes to improve from week to week, that's the big goal for our first few meets."
The Utes will participate in the Bronco Indoor Invitational in Nampa, Idaho and the Wisconsin Elite Meet in Madison, Wis. on Saturday Jan. 27th.