Track team looks to make impact at MWC championships

By Whitney O’Bannon, Staff Writer

The Utah women’s track and field team will make the trek to Colorado this weekend as Air Force hosts the Indoor Mountain West Conference championships.

The conference is tough this year, but this weekend is the most exciting part of the whole season for the Utes.

The past couple of meets the team has competed in have shown that Utah can compete among the top teams in the nation. Last week, the Wildcat Tune-Up served its purpose as Utah’s sprinters, throwers and jumpers used the meet to correct any errors.

Last weekend in the weight throw, Utah had solid performances from Sarah Grimm and Josefin Berg as they swept first and second place. Grimm had a lifetime-best throw of 58 feet 2.5 inches.

Utah also swept the first two places in the 55-meter hurdles with Chelsey Kaplar earning a time of 8.30 and Brianna LeRoy getting 8.518212;a lifetime-best for both runners.

“(The past two weeks) certainly gives us some momentum heading into the championship part of our season,” said head coach Kyle Kepler.

Last year, the Utes took a mediocre seventh place in the MWC championships and are looking to improve from that.

They have a lot of talent and multiple opportunities to come out on top of several events.

Chelsea Shapard ranks No. 4 in the league in the 800 meter and No. 4 in the conference in the 400 meter.

Freshman Langley Iverson will have to outdo two competitors from BYU in the pole vault to win. She is ranked No. 3 in the conference.

The Utes have talent in many of the events8212;the only question is if they will prove it in the MWC championships.

In a meet, unexpected things can happen and Utah is planning to do well in several events and possibly qualify in a few for the NCAA championships.

Utah begins the MWC championships today and competes through Saturday in Colorado Springs.

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