April 13, 2006
THIS WEEK: The University of Utah track and field team will split this weekend for five different meets, the Pomona-Pitzer Invitational, Azusa Pacific Invitational Multis, Arizona State Sun Angel Classic, Mt. SAC Relays, and the Y Invitational.
MEET PREVIEW: Many teams will compete at each of these meets. The Mt. SAC Relays is one of the biggest outdoor meets in the country, and the majority of the team will compete in this meet, as well as the Pomona-Pitzer and the Azusa Pacific Multis. The Mt. SAC Relays will be held at Mt. San Antonio College today through Saturday, April 15th.
The Azusa Pacific is the mulits portion of the Mt. SAC Relays. Amanda Feigt will compete in the heptathlon at the Multis today. The Pomona-Pitzer Invitational will also be held at Azusa Pacific University on Friday, April 14th.
Fresques, Patterson, Cutrer, Mannion, and McAllister will compete at the Sun Angel Classic at Arizona State on Saturday, April 15th.
McFee, Shaw, Hampton, and Fine will compete in the Y Invitational on Saturday, April 15th.
LAST TIME OUT: Senior Vanessa Mortensen and junior Amanda Feight each won crowns at the all-day event. Mortensen won the hammer throw and Feight the long jump. Mortensen turned in an NCAA Regional qualifying mark of 198-5 in the hammer throw, one inch shy of a personal best, while Feight won the long jump crown with a leap of 18-9. Mortensen is the team's first Regional qualifier yet this season.
The Utes also saw a pair of second-place finishers in Janett Ern and in the 4x100m relay team. Ern took runner-up in the 1500m (4:46.90) while the 4x100m relay team of Jennifer Cutrer, Haley McAllister, Candice Mannion and Feight turned in a 47.49 performance.
It was a 1-3 showing for the Utes in the high jump. While Feight won the high jump crown, McAllister took third with a 17-11 showing. AJ Roby's personal record of 46-1 1/2 was good enough for third as was Nicole Mancinelli's 5-2 1/2 leap in the high jump. Roby also took third in discus (144-1).
Cutrer tallied a fourth-place finish in the 100m hurdles to go along with her 4x100m relay showing. She finished the sprint in 14.40.
The Utes also turned in a couple top-five showings. Susan Atwater and Mandie Rowell both had 11-6 efforts in the pole vault, finishing fifth and sixth, respectively; while McAllister (25.58) and Cutrer (25.68) also took five-six in the 400m.
UTE NOTES: Last week, the Utes brought home a new Regional Qualifier, a school record, two event winners, nine personal records, and four all-time top-ten performances.
QUOTING HEAD COACH Kyle Kepler: "This is a big weekend for all of our athletes regardless of where they are competing. We are trying to take advantage of weather conditions as well as great competition at all of these meets. We need to see definite improvements from the beginning of the season from everyone. This is the time to step up and start making things happen."