Alyssa Abbott places first in the 800m dash at the Utah Spring Twilight
April 25, 2007
This Week: The University of Utah Track and Field team will split to participate in the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa, and the Robison Invitational held in Provo, Utah, on April 26-28.
Last Time Out: The Utes hosted the Utah Spring Twilight last weekend, as Susan Atwater was the third Ute to qualify for the NCAA regionals as she placed first in the pole vault with a height of 12-05.50. Alyssa Abbott and Chelsea Shapard barley missed their NCAA regional qualifying marks in the 800m dash as Abbott finished first (2:11.51) and Shapard finished second (2:11.70), respectively.
The 4x100m relay teams took first and second and also landed second and third place on the all-time Utah top ten list. Team A (Liza Whitehead, Ashley Patterson, Candice Mannion, and Haley McAllister) finished the race in a time of 46.90 closely followed by Team B (Jennifer Cutrer, Whitney Wellington, Kelsey Maires, and Jazmin Dickey) with a time of 46.95.
Other first-place finishes came form Liza Whitehead in the 100m dash (12.51), Haley McAllister in the long jump (19-02.75, PR), Jennifer Cutrer in the 100m hurdles (14.61), and Chelsea DiGrazia won the 3000m run with a time of 10:25.07. Ashley Patterson, Mandie Rowell, and Sarah McFee took first, second, and third in the triple jump, respectively.
Utes Notes:he Utes have had a total of three NCAA regional qualifiers so far this season, (Amanda Feigt, Susan Atwater, and Chelsea Shapard). They also have had a total of 84 new PR's and 38 new top ten marks this season.
Quoting Head Coach Kyle Kepler: "This is is a big weekend for our team. It marks the ending of the regular meet season and begins our preparations for the conference championships. The Drake Relays is one of the most well-known meets in the entire country. Many of the women in our group going to Drake competed last year and that experience should help them have more success this time around. The BYU Robison Invitational is also a real high quality meet. The group representing us at that meet will be looking for continued improvement in their event areas."
Kepler ends with, "We're going to get some of the best competition we have had all year at these two meets so our kids need to be ready to step up and compete. These meets are more about handling the mental stress than anything else. Physically they are ready to perform, but mentally they have to rely on what they know and do best. They have to trust themselves and know they will perform well."
Next Week: The Utes will have one last meet before the Mountain West Conference Championship. They will participate in the Wildcat Tune-Up hosted by Weber State in Ogden, Utah, on May 2nd.