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Track & Field Begins Indoor Season Down in Provo

Dec 8, 2021

SALT LAKE CITY – The 2021-22 indoor track & field season officially begins for the Utah track & field squad as it heads south down I-15 for the BYU Opener with Delaney Gates kicking things off for Utah on Thursday, Dec. 9, in the long jump while the rest of the team competes on Friday, Dec. 10, inside Smith Fieldhouse.
 
BYU OPENER
Dates: Dec. 9-10, 2021
Location: Smith Fieldhouse
Host: BYU
Schedule of Events: https://bit.ly/3oAJ4Tp
Live Results: https://www.runnercard.com/e/runner.Main?meet=1003794
Participants: BYU, Utah, Utah Valley, Weber State, Westminster College
Utah Participants: Skyler Blair, Kelise Davis, Oneillia Fuller, Delaney Gates, Brooklyn James, Bailey Kealamakia, Maya LeBar, Ruby Jane Mathewson, Makenna McCloy, Annie Murdock, Megan Rose, Lauren O'Banion, Taylor Watson, Rachel Whipple, Jasie York
 
STARTING BLOCK
The Utah track & field team will get its indoor season going this week at the BYU Opener and ease into the rest of the schedule in January. Utah will have 15 student-athletes competing, 14 of which are returners while Megan Rose serves as the lone freshman on the team.
 
Delaney Gates will open the season for Utah competing in the long jump on Thursday before the rest of the crew takes the start line on Friday. The Women of Utah are set to compete in the 60m, 60m hurdles, 600 yards, 300m and 4x400m relay.
 
FRESH FACE
Megan Rose is Utah's lone newcomer for this season and hails from Boise, Idaho, where she was a two-time Boise City Champion in the 100m (2018, 2021) and champion in the 200m (2021). At the 5A District III Southern Idaho state meet, Rose was a champion in the 100m, 200m and ran a leg with the 4x100m relay district champions her senior year.
 
MOVING FORWARD WITH RHODES
The track & field squad has a fresh face leading them this season with Rebecca Rhodes joining the Utes this past offseason. Familiar to the Pac-12 landscape, Rhodes competed at Oregon from 2008-12 before starting her coaching career. The Oregonian recently came to Utah from Eastern Oregon (2017-21), and guided her student-athletes to 20 new school records for a total of 123 top-10 program marks. Rhodes also coached 10 All-Americans at Eastern Oregon with 47 student-athletes qualifying for the national meet.

In addition, Rhodes was named the USTFCCCA Indoor West Region Assistant Women's Coach of the Year three-consecutive seasons (2018-21) by her peers. She also swept the award in 2019-20, earning west region assistant coach of the year on both the men's and women's side.
 
UP NEXT
After easing their way back into competition, the track & field squad will take a short break for the holidays before hitting the indoor season in full stride Jan. 14-15 at the Snake River Open hosted by Idaho State.
 
For the latest news and information on the Utah cross country and track & field programs, fans can stay connected online at www.UtahUtes.com and on social media by following on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.
 
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