Utah Track Finishes Off Indoor Season With a Bang


(Photo by Curtis Lin | Daily Utah Chronicle)

By Ryker Jackson, Sports Writer


The University of Utah track team had a terrific day, capping off a spectacular weekend at the MPSF Indoor Championships. The championships were held in Seattle on Friday and Saturday.

The DMR squad set a new school record Saturday with a time of 3:40.39. They beat the previous school record by one second, set by the exact same squad earlier this season at the Don Kirby Invite. The team of Lauren O’Banion, Skyler Blair, Oneillia Fuller and Jackie Martin ran a race putting them in fifth place overall behind USC, UCLA, Oregon and Colorado.

On Friday, Kolbi Sims had an amazing day and tied the pentathlon school record.

“I’m really proud of her and the effort she’s put in,” said head coach Kyle Kepler. “I know there is a little disappointment from not scoring quite as many points and actually came up two points short of her school record. It was crazy that it was that close, but certainly a great effort today and I’m really proud of her.”

The Utes’ runners also ran incredibly well on Saturday in the 800m. Brooke Manson took ninth with a time of 2:07.78. Caitlin Faust took 12th with a time of 2:08.40, Sarah Newton took 14th with a time of 2:09, Brooklyn James took 18th with a time of 2:11.08 and Whitney Hessler took 20th with a time of 2:11.12. Kaitlyn Mercer, a freshman, posted her new personal record with a time of 2:14.30.

“It was really just an outstanding day. We really came and brought it and I was really pleased with the energy and effort across the board,” Kepler said. “I thought everybody competed well today and there was a ton of lifetime bests, a school record and it was a great way to close out the indoor season.”

This indoor season was one of the best the Utes have ever had, and this weekend was a terrific finishing touch to that part of the year. The Utes will now have a bit of a break before heading into the outdoor portion of the season where they will need to continue moving forward with the competitive edge they have been playing with until this point.


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