Crofts Leads the Way for Utah Track & Field
LAS VEGAS – Regan Crofts' win in the javelin at the Silver State Classic on Saturday highlighted the weekend for the Utah track & field team as it competed at Myron Partridge Stadium.
"A lot of really good performances across the board," said head coach Kyle Kepler post meet. "Event win in the javelin, bunch of top-three finishes and several PRs and season-bests by the group competing today. They were focused and that was evident by the way they competed for each place. We have some freshmen on the verge of some big things and a group of upperclassmen leading them. It's a fun group to coach and be around."
A native of Salt Lake City, Crofts had the winning throw of 41.37m in her last attempt on Saturday. The mark of 41.37 meter was also a new season-high for her.
Natalie Platil set a new PR in the 1500m to kick things off for Utah on Saturday, crossing the finish line with a time of 4:43.69 and was the race's first attached runner to finish. Teammate Claire Rusovick wasn't far behind her, checking in at 4:46.18.
Kelise Davis took second in the 400m dash with a mark of 56.47. Meanwhile, Bailey Kealamakia ran her first non-hurdle event today and clocked in a time of 58.87 – short right behind fellow freshman Annie Murdock (57.69).
In the 800m race, Emma Earl was Utah's top finisher with a new personal best time of 2:16.64 while Murdock came in right behind with a new PR of her own at 2:15.74.
Running in just her second event of the season, Rachel Whipple ran a great 400m hurdles and took fourth with a PR time of 1:03.00 while Ruby Jane Mathewson got leaned out by Whipple at the finish with a mark of 1:03.09. Host UNLV swept the 200m dash, but Utah had the next three finishers. Skyler Blair, however, was the lone Ute to have her time count – checking in with a new PR of 25.20. Davis and Ntambue's times did not count with wind readers checking in at +2.5 for their heat.
Utah will have a split squad next week with some not going very far and competing in the Robison Invitational (April 23-24) hosted by BYU while some head to Des Moines, Iowa, for the famed Drake Relays.
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