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Track & Field Returns Home to Host Utah Spring Classic

Apr 8, 2021

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah Spring Classic makes its return to the McCarthy Track & Field Complex this Friday and Saturday, April 9-10, as the Utah track & field team returns home to host its sole home meet of the year.
 
COME ON IN!
A limited amount of spectators will be allowed to attend the track meet on a first come, first serve basis. Spectators are required to have a face mask at all times and social distance with a minimum of 6ft from those not a part of their party. Fans can enter from the northeast gate street side.
 
Utah Spring Classic
Dates: April 9-10
Location: McCarthy Track & Field Complex
Host: University of Utah
Live Results: http://www.utahutes.com/utahclassic
Live Stream: http://pac-12.com/live/university-utah-4  
Participants: Dixie State, Southern Utah, Utah, Utah Valley, Weber State, Westminster
 
STARTING BLOCK
This weekend's meet will feature six programs battling it out in an all-Utah track & field meet. In total, the Utes will have 34 student-athletes competing across 15 different event – 15 of which are Utahns. In addition, women's basketball guard Donna Ntambue will also be making her track & field debut as a member of the Utah track & field squad.
 
PRIME TIME
After last weekend's competitions, Utah's 800m squad checks in at No. 6 in the country according to the USTFCCCA #EventSquad rankings. Utah boasts four runners with top-100 times in Brooke Manson (28th), Whitney Hessler (36th), Sarah Newton (66th) and Brooklyn James (79th).

 
SENIOR RECOGNITION
The Utah cross country and track & field program will also honor 13 seniors graduating during the meet on Saturday throughout the day. In addition, the five seniors from (Caitlin Faust, Sarah Feeny, Nicole Griffiths, Brooke Martin and Kolbi Sims) last season will also be recognized on Saturday as they take their final lap at the McCarthy Family Track Complex.
 
2021 Seniors: Emma Christensen, Regan Crofts, Meghan Curtin, Ashley Licata, Astrid Lindgren, Aubrey Argyle, Anna Busatto, Whitney Hessler, Jackie Martin, Ruby Jane Mathewson, Trina Moreno, Sarah Newton and Poppy Tank.
 
LAST TIME OUT
The Utes had a wonderful time breaking in the newly reimagined Hayward Field last week, setting multiple PRs and records. In addition, Whitney Hessler will forever have her name in the history books after claiming the first victory inside the newly renovated Hayward Field with a new PR of 4:28.57 in the 1500m race. Anna Busatto also set a new PR in the 1500m that day. The distance crew had a magnificent evening on the track with Poppy Tanks setting a new PR by 22 seconds in the 5k race and leaped all the way to second on the school's all-time list with a mark of 15:45.07 – just short of passing Sarah Feeny for the school record. Her compatriot, Bella Williams then stepped foot on the track for the first time this season and set a new school record in the 10k with a time of 33:17.07 – beating out Grayson Murphy's record of 33:17.85 set back on April 19, 2018.

 
The second day of the Hayward Premiere was highlighted by Maya LeBar, who ran the fourth-fastest 200m time in program history at 24.55. Meanwhile, the 4x400m team placed second with a time of 3:43.85. Jackie Martin, who ran the anchor leg of the 4x400m, also took second in the 400m dash last Saturday. Bailey Kealamakia set yet another new PR in the 400m hurdles, this time clocking in at 1:03.48. Over at the NW Distance Jamboree, Sara Leonard crushed her previous 5k time and finished in 17:39.73.
 
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