Utah Track & Field Set to Compete at Arkansas Qualifier
SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah track & field team is back in action this Friday, Feb. 5, as it competes in the Arkansas Qualifier and get a first-hand feel for the track at the Randal Tyson Track Center, home of the 2021 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships.
Date: Friday, February 5, 2021
Start Time: 1 p.m. (MT) / 2 p.m. (CT) local
Location: Randal Tyson Indoor Track Center
Participants: #1 Arkansas, Arizona, Arizona State, Kansas, Kansas State, Missouri, UCLA, Utah, Vanderbilt, Washington State.
Live Results: https://www.flashresults.com/
Live Stream (SEC Network+): https://www.espn.com/watch/
The indoor season continues for the Utah track and field team as it sends 10 student-athletes to compete inside Randal Tyson Track Center, host of the 2021 NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships. Between the 10 competitors, the Women of Utah will race in five events.
Friday's meet will be the first time the 4x400m relay team of Skyler Blair, Oneillia Fuller, Jackie Martin and Lauren O'Banion will be racing together again since they broke the school record with a mark of 3:40.39 at the MPSF Indoor Championships back on Feb. 29, 2020. In addition, Friday will serve as Blair's first race of the season when she steps foot on the track for the 4x400m relay.
Top-ranked Arkansas will be the favorite amongst those competing with a flurry of runners posting top-25 times in every event so far this season. Fellow Pac-12 member UCLA will make its season debut in Fayetteville on Friday and joined by Arizona and Arizona State in addition to Utah.
Alternate: Kelise Davis
LAST TIME OUT
In just the second meet of the year, the Utes saw five student-athletes make their collegiate debut in Kelise Davis, Annie Murdock, Bailey Kealamakia, Martina Conner and Claire Rusovick at the Weber State Indoor Invitational. Davis, Kealamakia and Murdock made their debut in the 400m while Rusovick and Conner made their debuts in the mile and 3k, respectively. Kaya Heideman also ran her first collegiate race in the 55m but due to a timing error, her time did not officially count.
The Utes had a trio of runners podium last Saturday in Davis (400m), Rusovick (mile) and Anna Busatto (3k) last week. Meanwhile, Emma Earl ran her first race since in over year when she put toe to track in the mile.
With the unusual season due to COVID-19, Utah will open its outdoor season a little early the following week when it heads to Sin City for the UNLV Winter Challenge #1 on Saturday, Feb. 13. The meet will see Northern Arizona, UNLV (host), Utah and Utah Valley compete against each other.