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Another Busy Weekend Lies Ahead for Track & Field in SoCal

Apr 12, 2022

SALT LAKE CITY – After a successful home meet, another busy weekend lies ahead for the Utah track & field team as it competes at both the Mt. SAC Relays and Bryan Clay Invitational this Wednesday – Friday in SoCal.
DATE: Wednesday – Friday, April 13-15
HOST: Azusa Pacific
LOCATION: Cougar Stadium
DATE: Thursday – Friday, April 14-15
HOST: Mt. San Antonio College
LOCATION: Hilmer Lodge Stadium
Heading into this week's festivities, Utah checks in at #39 in the USTFCCCA National Polls. Cara Woolnough (15:44.52) and Emily Venters (15.47.79) rank fourth and seventh, respectively, in the 5000m nationally. Meanwhile, Simone Plourde (2:05.53) and Josefine Eriksen (2:05.56 aa) are ranked 22nd and 23rd, respectively, in the 800m in the NCAA. Additionally, Plourde's time of 4:18.19 in the 1500m is just outside the top-25 nationally. In the weekly #EventSquad rankings, Utah is third in the 400m hurdles and 5000m and fifth in the 800m while the 1500m crew sits just outside at No. 11.

Big weekend for the Utes as they compete between the Bryan Clay Invitational hosted by Azusa Pacific and the 62nd running of the Mt. SAC Relays. The Women of Utah will have a full complement of racers competing in both distance and track events along with horizontal jumps from Delaney Gates.
Karli Branch will kick things off for the Utes this Wednesday, April 13, as she competes at the Bryan Clay Invitational in the 3000m Steeplechase.
Emily Venters and Bella Williams make their debuts in the outdoor 10k this season on Thursday, April 14, at the Mt. SAC Relays while a handful of Utes compete in the 800m race and 5000m run over at APU. Gates will also open up her busy weekend in the long jump first.
Friday, April 15, will be the chaotic day for Utah with over two dozen competitors racing between the Bryan Clay Invitational and Mt. SAC Relay across 12 different events.
The Utah cross country and track & field program hosted its lone home meet of the year this past Saturday while also honoring Emma Earl, Oneillia Fuller, Brooklyn James, Lauren O'Banion, Natalie Platil, Kennedy Powell, Sophie Ryan and Cara Woolnough in front of the Ute faithful as part of its senior day celebration.

On top of the seven PRs from multiple Utah competitors, Josefine Eriksen broke the facility record in the 800m and moved in fourth all-time with her event victory while Skyler Blair also won the 200m with the eighth-fastest time on The Hill.
A day before at the Weber State Spring Classic, the 4x100m relay team of Lauren O'Banion, Maya LeBar, Megan Rose and Kelise Davis was victorious with a time of 46.77 (aa) while Bailey Kealamakia posted a new PR in the 100m hurdles. In the distance races, Lauren Peterson crushed her previous PR in the 1500m along with Maddie Reed.
Back to the sprints, Fuller was the first of six-consecutive Utes to cross the finish line in the 400m with Fuller taking second. LeBar was victorious in the 100m dash behind a PR time of 12.05 (aa) – which also placed her sixth on the all-time list.
The Women of Utah will get a little rest next week with a select group competing at the Robison Invitational down south before heading to Des Moines, Iowa, for the 112th edition of the renowned Drake Relays (April 28-30).
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