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Track & Field Heads to Robison Invitational This Weekend

Apr 21, 2022

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah track & field team will have a low-key weekend as it gets to stay in state and just travel 45 minutes down I-15 for the Robison Invitational.
DATE: Friday – Saturday, April 22-23
LOCATION: Clarence F. Robison Track
UTAH PARTICIPANTS: Karli Branch, Keelah Barger, Maren Busath, Kelise Davis, Delaney Gates, Ally Gomm, Bailey Kealamakia, Chloe Kockler, Maya LeBar, Ellie Lundgreen, Ruby Jane Mathewson, Makenna McCloy, Lauren O'Banion, Natalie Platil, Kennedy Powell, Maddie Reed, Megan Rose, Taylor Watson, Rachel Whipple, Jasie York
After solid weekend of competition down in Southern California at the Mt. SAC Relays and Bryan Clay Invitational, the Women of Utah move up three spots to #36 in the latest USTFCCCA National Polls. Meanwhile, the Utes are ranked in the top-10 in the latest #EventSquad Team Rankings checking in at #5 in the 400m hurdles, #6 in the 5000m and #8 in the 800m events.

Heading into this weekend's competitions, Emily Venters' 33:07.74 in the 10000m is the sixth-fastest time in the NCAA and fourth in the West Region while Cara Woolnough's 15:40.52 in the 5000m ranks ninth in the country and seventh in the West Region. Venters also checks in at #13 in the 5000m with a mark of 15:47.79 – which is good for ninth in the West Region. Simone Plourde is the other Ute with a top-25 time nationally, checking in at No. 22 in the 1500m with a time of 4:16.71.

Senior Cara Woolnough came out with some hardware this past Wednesday at the Crimson Carpet Awards. The Brisbane, Australia, native was nominated and voted by peers to receive the Fern Gardner Scholar Athlete Award – which is given to the senior female student-athlete who made significant achievements in the classroom as well as in their sport.

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The award was named after Fern Gardener, who was hired as the Head Women's Basketball Coach & Director of Athletics for all of women's sports in 1975. She became the first Senior Associate Athletics Director at Utah and was instrumental in growing Utah's women's programs as the senior woman administrator.
The Utes had a success week on the track down in Southern California last week led by Cara Woolnough, who broke the school record in the 5000m with a time of 15:40.52 at the Bryan Clay Invitational. Meanwhile, Keelah Barger moved into the top-10 list with the eighth-fastest time at Utah to win her section. The distance team's accolades closed with Emily Venters securing the second-fastest time among any Ute with a time of 33:07.74 to pass Bella Williams.
The sprints and hurdles crew had a weekend themselves as well and was paced by none other than Josefine Erisksen, who posted the second-fastest 400m time in school history (52.94). Brooke Manson moved into seventh in the 800m list for Utah after her PR of 2:05.94. Sophie Ryan also saw herself propelled into fourth after running a 4:19.09 in the 1500m. Meanwhile, Skyler Blaire (59.08) and Simone Plourde (4:16.71) improved their time in the all-time rankings in the 400m hurdles and 1500m, respectively.
The Utes head to the Midwest next week for the world famous Drake Relays (April 28-30) before closing out the regular season at the Oregon Twilight (May 6).
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