April 27, 2006
THIS WEEK: The University of Utah track and field team heads to the Drake Relays and the Robison Invitational this weekend. The Drake Relays will be held in Des Moines, Iowa, and the Robison Invitational will be held at Brigham Young University. Both meets will be held Friday and Saturday, April 28-29.
MEET PREVIEW: Six of the women will compete at the Drake Relays while the rest of the team will compete in the Robison Invitational.
LAST TIME OUT:At the Oregon Invitational, AJ Roby took first in the discus with a regional qualifying mark of 157-10. Roby also placed third in the shot put (44-08.25). Vanessa Mortensen placed fourth in the hammer throw (199-07). Mortensen's mark thos week improved her previous regional qualifying mark.
At the Mark Faldmo Invitational, Hailey McAllister took first in the 200m with a time of 25.41. Her time ranks on Utah's all-time top-ten list. Becky Riddle won the shot put (41-10.75), while Chastity Toilolo placed third (39-04.5). Riddle also placed third in the discus (124-2). Amanda Feigt placed second in the 400m hurdles with a regional qualifying time of 1:00.68. In addition, she won the long jump with a mark of 19-3.5. Also in the long jump, Hailey McAllister placed third with a mark of 18-5.75.
Other highlights include Nikki Mancinelli tying for second in the high jump (5-04.50). In the Pole Vault, Mandie Rowell and Susan Atwater tied for third with a mark of 11-06.25. Jennifer Cutrer placed third in the 100m hurdles (14:56) and Mandie Rowell took second in the triple jump (35-08.50).
UTE NOTES: Last weekend alone the Utes tallied one new school record, two new NCAA Regional Qualifiers, 12 new personal records and 7 all-time top 10 marks.
QUOTING HEAD COACH Kyle Kepler: "The Drake Relays are known as America's Athletic Classic and one of the premier track meets in the country. The Robison Invitational is the most competitive meet BYYU hosts all year. This weekend is critical for our athletes. We started to build some momentum in almost every event. Both of the meets this weekend will be the most competitive meets we've been in all year so it is important to walk away with tangible results. By doing this our athletes will have the confidence they need to have as we enter the championship portion of our schedule."