Track hopes to keep momentum strong
Jan. 26, 2006
THIS WEEK: The University of Utah track and field women will split up this week, with Trisha Wagner, Liddy Steele, and Susan Atwater going to Reno, Nevada for the Reno Pole Vault Summit. The rest of the team will head to Nampa, Idaho for the Athletes Invitational at Boise State. Both events will be held on Saturday, January 28.
MEET PREVIEW: Teams joining Utah at the Athletes Invitational include Boise State, Central Washington, Eastern Oregon, Idaho State, Northwest Nazarene, University of Texas at San Antonio, UC Riverside, and the University of Houston.
LAST TIME OUT: Vanessa Mortensen was a strong competitor for the Utes, placing first in the weight throw with a season best throw of 17.62m. Senior Ashlee Warnick won her first collegiate competition in the mile, clocking in at 5:27.00. Freshmen Haley McAllister and Ashley Patterson were members of the winning 4x400m relay. In addition, McAllister won her first-ever collegiate long jump competition, jumping 17'11 ¾', while Patterson won the triple jump with 11.59m. Jen Fresques won the 800m run with a time of 2:19.79. AJ Roby also shone for the Utes, placing second in the shot put and weight throw, putting in throws of 13.51m and 16.33m respectively. Senior Nikki Mancinelli tied for first with two other girls in the high jump, jumping 1.63m.
UTE NOTES: This is the first time the Utes will face any of these teams this year.
QUOTING HEAD COACH Kyle Kepler: "We are looking forward to getting back into competition. We are going to keep our focus from the great performances we've had the last two weeks, and continue to do well in the heart of our season.
"It's going to be a great meet, with new teams we haven't seen this year. It will be a good chance for us to measure our performance in a different light. The facility in Boise State is excellent, and should give our athletes a great chance to perform at their top level. "
ON Trisha Wagner's INJURY: "Trisha Wagner was injured at Utah State last week, and we are waiting for the results of the MRI to see the extent of damage she sustained. We are still unsure whether or not she will compete, but we are hopeful that she will be able to join the team again very soon."