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Track & Field Set to Compete at WSU Invitational Inside The Podium

Feb 3, 2022

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah track & field team hits the road once again, this time flying up to Spokane, Wash., for the WSU Invitational this weekend (Feb. 4-5) inside The Podium, a newly finished 135,000 square-foot indoor facility. In addition, the Utes will send a trio of competitors to the Weber State Indoor Invitational.
DATE: February 4-5
HOST: Washington State
PARTICIPANTS: Arizona, Arizona State, Boise State, #7 BYU, Cal State Fullerton, California, Central Washington, Colorado, Eastern Oregon, Eastern Washington, Fresno State, Gonzaga, Grand Canyon, Idaho, Idaho State, Montana, Montana State, Nevada, Oregon State, Sacramento State, Santa Clara, Seattle U, Spokane CC, UC Riverside, Utah, #13 Washington, Washington State, Western Oregon, Western Washington, Whitworth.
Over at The Podium, Utah will have Makenna McCloy, Megan Rose, Taylor Watson and Rachel Whipple compete in the open division of the 200m dash on Friday (Feb. 4) while Delaney Gates competes in the triple jump as part of the multi-events. The main group of Utah competitors will then take the track on Saturday (Feb. 5).
Ruby Jane Mathewson will kick things off on Saturday in the 60m hurdles before Bailey Kealamakia, Maya LeBar, Makenna McCloy and Lauren O'Banion take the track for the 60m dash. Karli Branch will then compete in the mile followed by a slew of Utes racing in the 400m dash. Emma Earl and Jasie York will represent Utah in the 800m with Josefine Eriksen and LeBar competing in the 200m. After a break, Branch returns to the track to race in the 3,000m before the Women of Utah close out the weekend with two groups racing in the 4x400m relay. Over in the field events, Gates will compete in the long jump.
Meanwhile, Natalie Platil, Kennedy Powell and Maren Busath will stay locally and compete at the Weber State Indoor Invitational.
The Utes had a great showing in Seattle at the UW Invitational and kicked things off with an event victory by Cara Woolnough in the 5000m race behind a time of 16:13.41 – which was second-fastest in program history. Bailey Kealamakia then set a new PR in her prelim run of the 60m hurdles, posting a mark of 9.07 before taking sixth-overall in the finals with a time of 9.10. Ruby Jane Mathewson took eighth-overall in the 60m hurdles after crossing the finish line at 9.39.
The second day was just as good for Utah as Josefine Eriksen sprinted through the finish line for second by just .01 in the 400m race with a time of 54.03 – the fastest in school history. Earlier in the day, Hannah Butler posted a new PR in the 3,000m and checked in at 9:50.61 while Morgan Jensen recorded a time of 10:05.49 in her first collegiate indoor race.
Simone Plourde joined in on the action and posted a top-10 time in Utah history with a mark of 2:08.65 in the 800m while Jasie York recorded a new PR in her heat at 2:14.38. The distance crew continued on with their success as Emily Venters ran the second-fastest 3,000m race (indoors) at Utah when she crossed at 9:12.22. Meanwhile, Keelah Barger saw herself enter the record books with the 10th fastest time in the 3,000m (9:37.41).
Lauren O'Banion, Oneillia Fuller, Kelise Davis and Eriksen ended the weekend with an exclamation point by capturing the 4x400m relay with a time of 3:45.53.
The Utes will have a split squad weekend once again the following week. The Women of Utah will compete at the Don Kirby Invitational at the ABQ Convention Center and some will return to Dempsey Indoor Track to race at the Husky Classic.
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