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Utes Speed Through Four Invitationals

Kiffer Creveling
The University of Utah and Weber State host the Spring Classic at the McCarthy track & field in Salt Lake City, Utah on Friday, April 6, 2018. (Photo by Kiffer Creveling | The Daily Utah Chronicle)


The Utes participated in a few different events this weekend, traveling to San Francisco to take part in the Mike Fanelli Track Classic, Orem for the UVU Collegiate Invite, Palo Alto for the Stanford Invitational and Los Angeles for the Jim Bush Legends Invitational.

Hannah Allred and Jade Mulvey kicked things off for the Utes in the 10,000 meter race on Friday. Allred chalked up a personal best race with a time of 37:21.80 while Mulvey crossed the finish at 38:02.61.

Sarah Feeny continued her tremendous season as she set another school record in the 5,000-meter event. She topped former Ute Grayson Murphy by 17 seconds, finishing with a time of 15:41.81.

“Feeny ran in the elite section and got right in the mix, got right in the front, just followed along and had an unbelievable race. I am so incredibly proud of her and her great year just continues on,” said head coach Kyle Kepler.

Poppy Tank and Scarlet Dale also competed in the 5,000-meter race, finishing in 10th and 18th place respectively. Tank crossed the finish line in 16:07.55 while Dale finished not too long after with a time of 16:43.33.

Cara Woolnough and Sophie Ryan earned top-10 finishes in the 1,500-meter race. Woolnough took third place in 4:27.40 while Ryan finished in eighth place with a time of 4:29.42.

In another 1,500-meter event, Megan Killian and Kennedy Powell both set new personal records. Killian finished in 10th place with a 4:32.78 time, while Powell finished in 18th with a time of 4:34.83.

Bella Williams also had a great day on the track, finishing in eighth place in the 5,000 meter finals. Williams led the Utes with a time of 16:27.41. Emma Christensen set a new personal best, finishing in 17:15.54, while Trina Moreno finished in 17:20.41. Christensen took 48th place while Moreno came in 59th. Sara Leonard and Ashley Licata were the final two to finish the race for the Utes with times of 17:39.73 and 18:23.51, respectively.

Lauren O’Banion and Kayla Rees competed in the 400-meter race at UVU on Friday, finishing with fourth and eighth place finishes. O’Banion ran the 400 in 58.61 as Rees finished close behind with a time of 59.12.

“Wow, [Friday] was an amazing day that involved a new school record and a bunch of lifetime bests,” Kepler said. “I am really proud of this crew, they came focused, ready to go and really put it out there on the track.”

Saturday was another successful day for the Utah track and field team. A new school record and five personal records were broken on the day.

The Utah “A” squad, which included Raynee Helm-Wheelock, Jackie Martin, Maya Lebar and Taylor Watson, broke a school record in the 4×100-meter race. The team finished in fourth place, running the race in 46.00.

J. Martin also found success in the 400-meter dash, setting a personal record of 55.72. Mesa Weidle also ran in the race, finishing two seconds later with a time of 57.35.

J. Martin continued her hot day on the track, tying her personal record in the 200-meter race with a 24.87 time. Watson and Lebar finished with times of 25.22 and 24.97 respectively.

Whitney Hessler and Brooklyn James both finished in the top five of the 800-meter race, finishing in third and fifth place with times of 2:09.81 and 2:13.64.

Skyler Blair and Brooke Martin finished within six seconds of each other in the 400-meter hurdles. Blair finished with a PR 1:01.68 while B. Martin finished with 1:07.46.

Sarah Newton led the Utes in the 800-meter race in Palo Alto, finishing with a PR 2:06.72. Brooke Manson finished with a time of 2:09.80 in the race.

“What a great day and we all get a much-deserved weekend without competition as we will rest a prepare to host our only home meet in two weeks,” Kepler said. “There is still lots of room for us to improve, but we have to take advantage of the next two weeks across the board.”

The Utes will host the Utah Spring Classic as their only home meet of the season on April 13, 2019. The meet will begin at 10 a.m. and finish around 3:15 p.m. at the McCarthey Family Track and Field Complex.

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