The women's team recorded seven first place finishes and several season bests at the annual Robison Invitational.
Freshman Lexi Eaton continued her strong outdoor season with a victory in the high jump with a leap of 5-10. Senior Diana Blauer cleared the same height in more attempts to finish second, while Taylor Stapley and Ada Robinson finished third and fourth, respectively.
Also picking up a win in the field was Allyson Anderson, who won the javelin with a throw of 161-111/4. Teammate Amber Huntington finished second with a season best toss of 146-101/4.
Multi-event athlete Elizabeth Wilson snagged a victory in the triple jump with a season best 39-51/4. Melissa Keltner managed a second place finish in the event with a leap of 38-021/4.
Fatima Makakala led the way in the sprints with a win in the 100-meter hurdles in 14.09. Taylor Stapley crossed the line just behind Makakala in second in 14.22. In the 400-meter hurdles, Angela Shields finished second in 1:00.63 and Diane Stewart ended up in third in 1:01.19.
Jenessa Carlson won the 800 meters in 2:10.89 and was the lone Cougar to win a middle distance event. In the longer distances, Lisa Drury took first in the 3,000-meter steeplechase in 10:50.00 and Katherine Swanson won the 5,000 meters in 18:01.18.
Sophomore Aubrey Hale narrowly missed out on a win in the 100 meters but set a season best in the event with a time of 11.87.
BYU athletes took three of the top four places in the pole vault. Senior Christen Guenther took first with a vault of 13-021/4 while Rachel Fisher finished third by clearing the same height in more attempts. Freshman Nicole Naatjes took fourth with a mark of 12-101/4.
In the throws, freshman Brianna French led the way with a fourth place finish in the discus and a sixth place finish in the shot put. Martha Shephard finished fifth in the hammer throw with a toss of 168-06.
UTAH TRACK: At Des Moines, Iowa, after four days of competing, the Utah women's track and field team wrapped up action at the Drake Relays and BYU Robison Invitational. The final day was capped by Destanae Howerton-Davis' first-place performance in the shot put.
"Overall we had a solid and productive weekend," Utah head coach Kyle Kepler said. "I think that we are at where we want to be right now. We just need to get through finals and stay healthy."
At the Drake Relays, the Utes had a solid second day led by Amanda Mergaert in the 1,500 meters. Mergaert got off to a really good start, but showed signs of fatigue from back-to-back days of competing in the final 500 meters of the race. She recorded a solid time of 4:25.99 for ninth place.
"Amanda looked really good and smooth at the start of the race, but ran out of gas from two days of racing," Kepler said. "We will continue working on strength and getting ready for back-to-back days as we prepare for the conference and championship meets. We will keep growing and keep improving."
Senior Brianna LeRoy competed in the long jump for the Utes. She had two good first jumps, but unfortunately fouled on both of them. With one jump remaining, LeRoy stayed conservative and recorded a mark of 17-06 for 20th.
At the BYU Robison Invitational, Destanae Howerton-Davis captured the event title in the shot put. Howerton-Davis threw a mark of 48-071/2 feet, which is the second-best mark in school history and 0.75 of an inch shy of breaking the school record.
Also finishing in the top-five of the shot put were three other Utah athletes. Candus Aiello posted a third-place mark of 45-041/2. Alanna Nulph (44-081/4 feet) and Nikkie Rudder (44-031/2 feet) earned fourth and fifth overall.
"We had a small group here, but I thought they did very well this weekend," Utah assistant coach Tapio Kuusela said after the Robison Invitational. "The results were pleasing here. We still need time to square out our technique, but we will have things ready before the Pac-12 Conference Championships."
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