MOSCOW, Idaho – Rachel Whipple got action going for the Utah track & field team, placing third in the pentathlon as the team resumed indoor season competition on Friday at the Lauren McCluskey Memorial Open on the newly dedicated Lauren McCluskey Track inside the Kibbie-ASUI Activity Center on the Campus of the University of Idaho.
Whipple kicked things off taking third in the 60m hurdles with a mark of 9:31. Moving over to the field events, she recorded a leap 1.57m (5-1.75) in the high jump before securing a couple new PRs. She first bested her previous PR in the shotput with a throw of 9.54m (31-3.75) before recording a PR of 4.78m (15-8.25) in the long jump.
The Bountiful native then took fourth in the 800m race with a mark of 2:24.55 – just shy of her previous PR (2:23.45 aa) – to take third overall with a total of 3309 points.
Over on the track, Karli Branch just missed out on a PR in the mile taking eighth-overall with a time of 5:09.27 in the fastest heat of the day while Megan Rose took third in her heat of the 200m dash.
Back in the long jump, newcomer Malia Overton posted a new PR mark of 5.25m (17-2.75) for seventh while Delaney Gates tied for eighth.
Action on day two resumes at 12:25 p.m. (MT) for the Women of Utah beginning with the 60m dash on Saturday, Jan. 21.
The official dedication of the Lauren McCluskey Track happened today at @uidaho. Lauren’s light will continue to shine brightly through all of the current and future athletes that will compete here. #ForLauren pic.twitter.com/Moj69kXtzQ
— Lauren McCluskey Foundation (@LMC_Foundation) January 21, 2023
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