Junior Rebekah Winterton breaks school record in the 10,000-meter race.
April 18, 2014
WALNUT, Calif.- Getting the first day of the Mt. Sac Relays off to a quick start, the University of Utah women’s distance runners displayed some great effort. Capturing the spotlight for the Utes was junior Rebekah Winterton’s record-performance in the 10,000-meter run.
“Rebekah ran a terrific race,” head coach Kyle Kepler said. “She ran very consistent, even race and broke a school record that I never thought would be broke. We have a bunch of races this weekend and hopefully our team can ride the momentum from Rebekah’s performance into tomorrow and really get after it.“
Winterton competed in the invitational 10,000-meter run for the Utes. In the first section, the third and fourth spots came down to the wire as Winterton was head to head with William & Mary’s Elaina Balouris. In the end, Winterton was able to surpass Balouris and finish third with a time of 33:28.43. Winterton’s time is a new school record, beating previous record-holder Jill Molen’s time by nearly seven seconds. Molen was a national champion while competing at Utah and her record stood for more than 30 years.
In the open 10,000-meter run, senior AuraLea Fain represented the Utes. Fain got off to a terrific start but couldn't hold on as she finished in 18th-place with a time of 36:41.79.
“I thought AuraLea ran well early,” Kepler said. “She was trying to run fast and jump out front at the beginning of the race. I give her a lot of credit for starting the race on such a quick pace and now we just need to work with her on finishing.”
The Mt. Sac Relays will continue on Friday at 10 a.m. PST at the Hilmer Lodge Stadium in Walnut, Calif.
Athletes competing at the Beach Invitational will run Friday at the Cerritos College Stadium in Long Beach, Calif.