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Women of Utah Concludes Pac-12 Championships

May 16, 2021
Photo Credit: Jenny Chuang

LOS ANGELES – The Utah track & field team closed out the three-day weekend at the Pac-12 Track & Field Championships on Sunday at Loker Track Stadium.
"Our gals fought hard all weekend," said head coach Kyle Kepler. "The relays both scored and Poppy [Tank] ran a valiant 5k in which she led most of the way to place as well. We also had some more lifetime best marks by Jasie [York] in the 800m prelims, Ruby Jane [Mathewson] in the 400m Hurdles prelims and Morgan improved by about 15 seconds in the 5k. This was an all-time Pac-12 Championships meet. Several meet records were set and several of the final qualifying times came from both prelims and finals – which were some of the fastest marks ever required to advance. I fully expect our league to show extremely well at the upcoming NCAA Championships."
The 4x100m crew of Donna Ntambue, Kelise Davis, Maya LeBar and Taylor Watson started the day for Utah and clocked in at 46.93 while the 4x400m team of Dvais, Brooklyn James, Whitney Hessler and Brooke Manson checked in at 3:46.06 to close out the day with both teams scoring for the Utes.
Poppy Tank led the field for a predominant portion in the 5k and finished in fifth with a mark of 15:49.69 to score four points. Tank's time was one of nine racers that broke the stadium record of 16:01.30 set back in 1998. Morgan Jensen crushed her previous 5k personal-best with a time of 16:56.53. Karli Branch recorded a mark of 17:40.05 while Sara Leonard followed right behind her at 17:50.66.
Utah now waits for official times from other meets to become official and see how many participants they'll have compete at the NCAA West Regionals held on the campus of Texas A&M University (May 26-29) inside E.B. Cushing Stadium.