Kyle Kepler and his Utah women's track and field team compete at Weber State on Wednesday night.
May 2, 2006
This Week: The University of Utah women's track and field team will compete in the Weber State Twilight Meet this Wednesday, May. 3. The meet will be held at Stewart Stadium at 3 p.m. The first women's event, the hammer throw, will begin at 4:30 p.m. The last event will be around 9 p.m.
Quoting Head Coach Kyle Kepler: This meet at Weber State is an excellent opportunity for our team to prepare for the conference championships. The Mountain West Conference meet is our main focus right now and this will be a good chance for our athletes to challenge themselves in preparation for it. We strive to improve each and every week so that we can turn in some of our best performances at the end of the season, when it counts most.
Notes: AJ Roby is Utah's latest regional qualifier, doing so in the shot put last weekend. She turned in a 14.40m (47-3) mark in finishing second in the event at the Robison Invitational. The mark was a personal best as well as the third-best effort in the school's all-time top 10 ... Candice Mannion turned in a pair personal bests last weekend. She ran the 200m in 24.84 and clocked a 57.42 in the 400m ... Vanessa Mortensen also had a regional-qualifying mark in the hammer throw. She took first in the event at the Robison Invite with a toss of 58.99m (193-6) ... Amanda Feigt finished sixth in the long jump (18-7) at one of the most competitive meets in the country, the Drake Relays.
Last Weekend: The Utes split up to compete at the Robison Invitational in Provo, Utah, and at the Drake Relays in Des Moines, Iowa.
Vanessa Mortensen and Mandi Rowell claimed first-place finishes in Provo. Mortensen won the hammer throw title (193-6) and Rowell was tops in the triple jump (37-5).
Utah also saw a bevy of second-place showings last weekend. Nikki Mancinelli (high jump, 5-3) and Nicki Hugie (1500m, 4:55.73) each took runner-up in their respective events. In addition, AJ Roby (discus, 144-7; shot put, 47-3) chalked up second place in two separate events.
The Utes also competed at the prestigious Drake Relays last weekend. Amanda Feigt was one of the team's top competitors, finishing sixth in the long jump with an 18-7 effort.
Up Next:Utah heads to Brigham Young University to compete in the Mountain West Conference championship meet, May 10-13.