Utes finish third at Nevada Twilight.
RENO, Nev.- In her first collegiate race, freshman Charlotte Kuzminsky led the Utah cross country team to a third overall finish at the four-kilometer Nevada Twilight.
"Overall I was really pleased with the effort, especially in the middle of the race," Utah head coach Kyle Kepler said. "Our effort was really good, unfortunately last week we started off too fast and this week we did not get off quick enough. We just need to find a balance between the two. I am pleased, I saw some good things and we were able to get almost everybody a race behind them before we start moving into the core of our schedule."
Kuzminsky, a San Diego native, led the charge in her collegiate debut. Posting a time of 15:11,Kuzminsky earned 12th overall and first for the Utes. Sophomore Lauren Mills finished second for the Utes and 21st overall clocking a time of 15:46. Both athletes passed multiple runners down the final stretch, helping boost the team to a third-place finish.
Finishing third for Utah and 22nd overall was Katelyn Stringfelow who crossed the finish line in 15:47. Rounding out the top five finishers for the team were Hilary Troutner with a time of 15:55 (26th place), and Lucy Yates who posted a time of 16:11 (27th place).
Junior Megan Combe competed in her second race of the year, finishing 29th with a 16:17, respectively for the Utes.
Winning the event in overall team score was BYU with 24points. Finishing second was Nevada with a score of 38 points. The Utes captured third with 83 points, edging UNLV who had a combined total of 102 points.
The Utah cross-country team returns to action on Sept. 15 at the Montana State Bobcat Invitational.