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Track & Field Concludes Regular-Season at Oregon Twilight

May 4, 2022

SALT LAKE CITY – The Utah track & field team has hit its home stretch of the regular-season as it closes things out at the Oregon Twilight this Friday, May 6, inside the newly reimagined Hayward Field.
DATE: Friday, May 6
HOST: Oregon
LOCATION: Hayward Field
PARTICIPANTS: #6 Adams State (DII), Alaska-Anchorage, #8 BYU, Eastern Oregon, Furman, Lane CC, Notre Dame, #9 Oregon, Oregon State, Pacific, Portland, Portland State, Southern Oregon, Utah, Villanova, Warner Pacific, Western Oregon.
Heading into the final weekend of the regular-season, Utah will send a dozen from the track squad and compete in the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles. All 12 Utes competing Friday will look to post qualifying marks for the upcoming NCAA West Regionals with the only other meet remaining to record a qualifying time being the Pac-12 Championships (May 13-15).
The Women of Utah had a solid weekend competing at the famed Blue Oval, picking up its first event victory at the Drake Relays since 2016 when the 4x400m relay squad of Skyler Blair, Lauren O'Banion, Oneillia Fuller and Josefine Eriksen took home the title with a 3:41.95 mark.
The weekend started with Morgan Jensen recording the eighth-fastest 10k time at Utah (34:52.98) in her very first outdoor 10k race. Hannah Butler also ran a PR earlier that day, crossing at 4:35.88 in the 1500m race. Sophie Ryan, Keelah Barger, Cara Woolnough and Simone Plourde went out the next day and posted the fastest 4x1600m relay time in program history while taking second overall with a time of 19:11.37. Not to be outdone, the 4x800m relay team of Jasie York, Brooke Manson, Emma Earl and Eriksen also set a new school record when they ran an 8:35.59.

Ryan, Eriksen, Manson and Plourde opened the final day in Des Moines with a runner-up finish in the DMR with the fourth-fastest time at Utah with a mark of 11:17.92. After the Utes ran their first SMR since 2017, the 4x400m relay team went out and picked up the victory to give Utah a fifth-place finish in the Hy-Vee Cup standings.

With conference championships slated to begin next week across the country and the NCAA Regionals just three weeks away, the Utes currently have eight student-athletes that own qualifying times across six different events.
To qualify for the NCAA West Regionals (May 25-28) held in Fayetteville, Ark., declared individuals must be in the top-48 – top-24 for relay teams – in the west region.
#22 – Josefine Eriksen – 52.94
#25 – Simone Plourde – 2:05.53
#27 – Josefine Eriksen – 2:05.56 (aa)
#35 – Brooke Manson – 2:05.94
#18 – Simone Plourde – 4:16.71
#38 – Sophie Ryan – 4:19.09
#9 – Cara Woolnough – 15:40.52
#11 – Emily Venters – 15:57.79
#5 – Emily Venters – 33:07.74
#28 – Bella Williams – 33:59.39
400m Hurdles
#27 – Skyler Blair – 59.08
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