Track & Field Closes Out Successful Weekend in Southern California
WALNUT, Calif. – A busy Friday on the track between the Mt. SAC Relays and Bryan Clay Invitational saw several runners for the Utah track & field team secure new PRs while some saw their name added into the school's all-time record book.
Ruby Jane Mathewson was the lone Ute racing in the 100m hurdles at the Mt. SAC Relays and finished at 14.82 to start the day. Skyler Blair had the fastest time among the Utes competing in the 400m hurdles, crossing the finish line for 11th overall while winning her section with a PR time of 59.08. Bailey Kealamakia was the next fastest Ute, checking in at 1:01.08 for a new PR with Rachel Whipple not too far behind her at 1:02.66 and Mathewson closing things out at 1:02.73.
Josefine Eriksen continues to insert her name throughout the Utah record books, this time running the second fastest 400m dash after winning her heat at 52.94. Oneillia Fuller (55.69) was the next Utah runner to cross the finish line followed by Lauren O'Banion and Kelise Davis.
Let's keep changing the record boards!!
Josefine Eriksen moves up to Utah #2 All-Time in the 400m with a 52.94!!
— Utah T&F/XC (@Utah_trackfield) April 15, 2022
Utah's 4x400m relay team consisting of Fuller, York, O'Banion and Eriksen closed out the day at Hilmer Lodge Stadium and took third-overall (second in its heat) with a mark of 3:41.95.
Back at the Bryan Clay Invitational, freshman Megan Rose was just a second from her personal best in the 100m dash behind a sprint of 12.39. Maya LeBar (24.98) was the first Ute to cross the finish line in the 200m dash while Makenna McCloy checked in at 25.36 followed by Taylor Watson (26.95).
Simone Plourde was just shy of breaking her PR in the 1500m race Friday night when she clocked in at 4:16.71 to finish 11th overall against the nation's top runners in the event. Sophie Ryan bested her previous PR as well after coming in at 4:19.09 and saw herself move from eighth to fourth on the all-time list at Utah right behind Plourde. Lauren Peterson was the final Utah competitor in the 1500m run, checking in at 4:31.67.
Over in the long jump, Delaney Gates secured a leap of 5.12m (16-9.75) on her third and a final attempt.
The Women of Utah won't have to travel too far next week as it sends a small contingent down south to compete in the Robison Invitational (April 22-23) before heading to Des Moines, Iowa, for the world-renowned Drake Relays (April 28-30).
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