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Ute Cross Country Finishes Third at Utah Open

Susannah Hurst leads the Utes at the Utah Open.

Susannah Hurst leads the Utes at the Utah Open.

Sep 6, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY – In its first home meet in two years, the University of Utah women’s cross country team finished third at the Utah Open. The Utes were led by the strong fourth-place performance of junior Susannah Hurst.

“I thought we got out well and positioned ourselves a lot better than we did a week ago, but we need to do better running together,” Utah head coach Kyle Kepler said. “We will be working on running together this week, and need to focus on running better overall.”

In her season debut, Hurst led the way with a fourth-place performance. Hurst was in the lead pack throughout the entire race, but was unable to make the pass of the top-three runners down the final stretch.  She clocked a time of 14:34.9

Crossing the line second for the Utes and 15th overall was Becky Sarmiento in a time of 15:12.5 She was followed by Nikki Rietz (15:17.9) and Andrea Chavez (15:28.4) in 16th and 17th.

Rounding out the top five was Lauren Mills in 18th with a time of 15:29.4.

AuraLea Fain and Alyssa Stetler captured 20th and 23rd place for the Utes.

Overall the Utes tallied 58 points for third place just behind Weber State (56 points) in the team standings.

Full results are available at runnercard.com

The Utes will take a week off before returning to competition on Sept. 21 at the Montana State Bobcat Invitational in Bozeman, Mont.




Coach Kepler Quotes

“It was great to see Susannah come out and make her season debut. She finished fourth, but was right there and got beat by good quality runners.”

“Becky Sarmiento had a nice start, but then got swallowed up in the pack. That is a freshman mistake and we can fix that in practice.”

“Behind Becky were three upperclassmen that had good starts, but again need to finish better. We got a little bit better today, but have a ways to go.”

“I want to say thanks to the meet director Mike Ogrin, who let us come out and run today. They have been running this high school meet for years and it was nice to come run. The atmosphere with all the high school kids warming up while we ran our race was fun. It made it really enjoyable for our team. Hopefully we can do this again next year.”

“I was pleased with how things went. I am grateful to all the people who helped and made this all possible. I know our team was very appreciative of all the great people and help that came out this afternoon.”


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