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Colwell Elevated to Associate Head Track & Field Coach

Dec 14, 2020

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah head cross country and track & field coach Kyle Kepler recently promoted assistant Chad Colwell to associate head track & field coach.
"Coach Colwell has done a terrific job of recruiting, instructing and developing the student-athletes he coaches," Kepler mentioned. "He cares deeply about our student-athletes as people first. He has been instrumental in promoting a positive and productive team culture as well. He has also helped improve our track & field facilities with his meticulous attention to detail. Coach Colwell has earned this promotion with his tireless effort in working with our women and greatly improving the event areas he is responsible for."
Colwell is entering his fourth season on the Hill with the track & field program and the development of the sprints, hurdles, jumps and multi-events groups. Under his direction, the Utes have broken 30 indoor and 19 outdoor all-time top-10 marks – including nine that rank in the top-three in program history.
Recent success under Colwell is highlighted by Taylor Watson setting a new school record in the 55m and 60m dashes while Kolbi Sims tied the pentathlon record held by Amanda Feigt for nearly 13 years with 3,891 points at the Texas Tech Invite. He was also instrumental in the 4x400 team setting a new school record at the MPSF Indoor Championships in 2020.
During the 2019 season, the Utes saw Skyler Blair run a sub-minute 400m hurdles time of 59.72, which ranked as the fastest time for a freshman in the Pac-12 and named a regional qualifier. Sims also set a new school record in the heptathlon that year – a record that had been intact for nearly 12 full years.
In his first season on the Hill, Colwell made an immediate impact by guiding Alissa Atisme to a then-new school record in the 60m dash (indoor) while also guiding the 4x100 relay team to a new school record that was broken twice later in 2019.