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Annual Utah Spring Classic Returns to McCarthey Family Track & Field Complex Saturday

Apr 7, 2022

SALT LAKE CITY – The annual Utah Spring Classic returns to the McCarthey Family Track & Field Complex this Saturday, April 9, as the Women of Utah host their lone meet of the season. Meanwhile, a select contingent will compete the day prior on Friday, April 8, at the Weber State Open.

DATE: Friday, April 8
HOST: Weber State
LOCATION: Chick Hislop Outdoor Track
PARTICIPANTS: Boise State, #10 BYU, College of Southern Idaho, Dixie State, Idaho State, Southern Utah, Utah, Utah Valley, Weber State, Westminster College
DATE: Saturday, April 9
HOST: Utah
LOCATION: McCarthey Family Track & Field Complex
PARTICIPANTS: Boise State, #10 BYU, Dixie State, Idaho State, Southern Utah, Utah, Utah Valley, Weber State, Westminster College
The Utah cross country and track & field program will bid farewell to eight seniors in Emma Earl, Oneillia Fuller, Brooklyn James, Lauren O'Banion, Natalie Platil, Kennedy Powell, Sophie Ryan, Cara Woolnough this Saturday at 2:20 p.m. after the conclusion of the men's 200m dash.
The graduating class has helped reshaped the history books at Utah during their time on the Hill, helping lead Utah to several NCAA Cross Country Championships and NCAA Track & Field Regional appearances. In addition, the group also left their mark in the Utah all-time record books and have plenty of time to add to that with a month remaining in the regular season.
After last weekend's competitions, the Women of Utah ranked in the top-10 of four event group categories while also jumping to No. 34 in the USTFCCCA National Poll. As a team, the Utes check in at No. 3 in the 400m hurdles and 5000m, eighth in the 800m run and 10th in the 1500m race.
Individually, Cara Woolnough and Emily Venters own the fourth and seventh-fastest time in the NCAA heading into this weekend, respectively. Meanwhile, Simone Plourde is ranked 14th in the 800m run and checks in just outside the top-25 in the 1500m at No. 26.
A busy weekend filled with competition at multiple meets was not a problem for the Women of Utah as they continue to rewrite the record books.
Locally at the UVU Collegiate Invitational, the Utes saw Maren Busath, Ellie Lundgreen, Lauren Peterson, and Maddie Reed all make their outdoor track debut. Chloe Kockler (1500m) and Makenna McCloy (200m) each posted new personal best marks in their respective events while Delaney Gates tied her PR in the long jump.
Over in the Central Valley of California, Skyler Blair made a triumphant return from injury and won the 400m hurdles with a PR time of 59.21 – which moved her up to fourth in the all-time record books. Josefine Eriksen, who had a blistering indoor season, didn't skip a beat and set new outdoor PRs in the 100m (12.04) and 200m (24.20) dashes while also cementing herself in the Utah record books once more with the fifth and second-best times, respectively.
Up north on the Farm, Keelah Barger (16:33.04), Morgan Jensen (16:41.39), Emily Venters (15:47.79) and Cara Woolnough (15:44.52) all set new PRs in the 5000m race while Sophie Ryan ( 4:22.15) ran a new PB in the 1500m. Additional, Woolnough and Venters saw themselves move into second and fourth all-time in the 5000m for Utah while Ryan moved into eighth all-time in the 1500m.
Emma Earl, who raced in two meets last week, ran a PR time of 4:46.67 in the 1500m at the Mike Fanelli Track Classic.
After the home meet, the Utes will once again have a busy weekend ahead with a split squad weekend between the Mt. SAC Relays and Azusa Pacific from April 14-15.
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