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Busy Weekend for Women of Utah at Husky Classic and Don Kirby Elite Invitational

Feb 10, 2022

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah track & field team will have a split squad weekend as the distance crew heads to the PNW for the Husky Classic while the track crew heads to the Land of Enchantment for the Don Kirby Elite Invitational.
DATE: February 11-12
HOST: Washington
PARTICIPANTS: Adams State, #3 Arkansas, Boise State, #9 BYU, California, Colorado, Eastern Washington, Fresno State, Furman, George Fox, Gonzaga, Montana State, #20 New Mexico, Northern Arizona, #12 Oklahoma State, Oregon State, Portland, Portland State, San Francisco, Seattle U, Southern Utah, Stanford, UC Davis, UCLA, USC, Utah, Villanova, #15 Washington, Washington State Weber State, Western Oregon, Western Washington, Wyoming
DATE: February 11-12
HOST: New Mexico
PARTICIPANTS: Adams State, Air Force, Arizona State, Boise State, Cal State Fullerton, California, Colorado Mesa, #21 Colorado State, Idaho,  Nevada, #20 New Mexico, New Mexico State, Northern Arizona, Oregon State, Pepperdine, Sacramento State, San Diego State, San José State, Southern Utah, Stanford, #6 Texas A&M, UC Davis, UC Irvine, UC Santa Barbara, UCLA, Utah, Utah State, UTEP, Washington State, Western Colorado, Wyoming
A busy weekend lies ahead for the Utah track and field team with its distance team competing at the Husky Classic while the track squad competes at the Don Kirby Elite Invitational.
Two weeks removed from winning the 5000m race at the UW Invitational and running the second-fastest time in program history, Cara Woolnough leads the group of distance runners at this week's Husky Classic. Joining Woolnough are Keelah Barger, Simone Plourde and Keelah Barger – who all saw their respective times in their events move into the top-10 all-time marks here at Utah. Additionally, Karli Branch, Hannah Butler, Morgan Jensen, Brooke Manson, Sophie Ryan and Rachel Whipple will also be competing for the Women of Utah in Seattle.
The track squad will see Kelise Davis, Josefine Eriksen, Bailey Kealamakia, Maya LeBar, Ruby Jane Mathewson, Lauren O'Banion, Taylor Watson and Jasie York take the track in the Albuquerque Convention Center for the Don Kirby Invitational hosted by New Mexico. All eyes will be on Eriksen as she takes the track in the 600m race after breaking the 400m and 200m program record back-to-back weekends. She will also run the anchor leg once again for the Utes in the 4x400m relay to close out the weekend in ABQ.
Among the numerous PRs the Women of Utah posted last weekend at The Podium and it was once again sophomore Josefine Eriksen who rose to the top after breaking another school record – this time in the 200m. The Stavern, Norway, product took the blocks and ran a speedy 24.24 and broke the previous school record held by Alissa Atisme (24.56) back on Feb. 6, 2015.
Bailey Kealamakia led the group of Utes who set new PRs last weekend after record two new personal best marks. The Kaysville, Utah, native first ran a 7.99 in the 60m dash before later posting a new PR mark of 58.69 in the 400m – which was good to win her heat. Ruby Jane Mathewson broke her previous best time in the 60m hurdles, clocking in at 8.99 while Makenna McCloy ran a 25.84 in the 200m for a new PR time. For the third-straight meet Freshman Megan Rose tied her personal best mark of 7.92 in the 60m dash. Karli Branch bested her time in the mile after crossing the finish line at 5:07.10 with Delaney Gates leaping a new PR distance of 5.10m (16-8.75) in the long jump.
It will be a short weekend for the Utes as they send the DMR group to South Bend for the Alex Wilson Invitational next Saturday, Feb. 19, at the Loftus Sports Center in hopes of qualifying for NCAAs.
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