Alyssa Abbott earned the 2007 Cross Country Athlete of the Year.
Nov. 10, 2008
SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah women's track & field/cross country program held their annual team banquet on October 24 to honor the 2007-2008 team and all of their accomplishments. Head coach Kyle Kepler began by acknowledging the outstanding athletic administration and support staff who spend countless hours and endless energy helping each of the teams' athletes to achieve at the highest level possible.
Kepler then thanked his coaching staff for all of their hard work and dedication during another record setting season for the Ute women's track & field and cross country programs.
"There is no doubt in my mind that I have the best assistant coaches in the country. They work hard to see their athletes develop and improve from the time they arrive on campus as freshmen until the day they graduate and beyond."
There were several award winners named during the evening including:
2007 XC Athlete of the Year:
Alyssa Abbott. She led the team at the MWC Championships and was named to the NCAA All-Mountain Region team where she finished 24th, missing the NCAA Championship meet by one place.
2008 Track Athlete of the Year:
Chelsea Shapard. She made it all the way to the semi-finals of the NCAA Championships in the 400 hurdles. She was the MWC Champion for the second straight season and named to the All West NCAA Region Team.
2008 Field Athlete of the Year:
Josefin Berg. In her first year with the Utes she qualified for the NCAA Championships and was an All-MWC performer in the hammer throw.
2008 Coaches Award:
Sarah McFee. She wins this award for the second straight year. This award is voted on by the student athletes and coaches and signifies the most outstanding teammate. This person exemplifies a wide variety of traits and skills, but not limited to: athletic achievement, attitude, character, academic success, and overall personal development