Briefs: Ute track and field to compete in Championship

By Marco Villano

The Ute’s track and field team will be fighting for the Mountain West Conference Championship today in Fort Worth, Texas at the campus of TCU.
Several Utah athletes will be contending for individual titles and podium finishes as well.
Several track and field athletes are poised for stand-out performances at the MWC Championships.
Alyssa Abbott holds two regional marks in the 1,500-meter and the 800-meter dash and is set to capture the top spot in those events.
Josefin Berg is ranked second in the conference in the weight throw this season and is second all time in the weight throw for Utah.
Chelsea Shapard is the Ute record holder in the 400-meter hurdle with a time of 58.07 seconds.
Chelsea Digrazia was third best in the 1,500 in the MWC this season and fourth best for Utah all time.
Chelsey Kaplar finished top ten in the conference in the 400 hurdles.
Two other athletes set school records this season for the Utes.
Shayla Houlihan set a school record in the steeple-chase with a time of 10 minutes and44 seconds and Ashley Patterson did it with the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.47 seconds.
The Utes have five athletes with seven regional marks and have set 15 new all-time top-ten marks.
With so many outstanding athletes this season peaking at the right time, Utah is looking to make a great run at the MWC Championship.