Rebekah Winteron finished second at the Montana State Invitational.
Sept. 21, 2013
BOZEMAN, Mont. - In her season debut, junior Rebekah Winterton led the Utes at the Montana State Invitational. Overall the Utes claimed three of the top ten spots en route to a third-place finish.
"It was a mixed group today," Utah head coach Kyle Kepler said. "Our top four runners did very well, but we need to find a consistent fifth runner. There was too big of a gap between our fourth and fifth runners, but I felt our top group ran very well today."
After redshirting last season, Winterton made her 2013 debut leading the team with a second-place performance. Winterton posted a three-mile time of 17:23.00. Winterton was followed by junior Susannah Hurst in the fourth spot, clocking a time of 17:35.00. Rounding out the top-10 finishers was Andrea Chavez who was in 30th place after a mile, but gained ground to finish in eighth place with a time of 17:52.00.
"It was great to have Rebekah back running as well as she did," Kepler said. "She is right back where we needed her to be. Rebekah ran with Susannah Hurst for most of the race, but had a bit of a stronger finish. It is good to have those two as a one-two punch."
Nikki Rietz was the fourth Ute to cross the line securing 21st overall with a time of 18:10.00. Freshman Becky Sarmiento rounded out the top-five scoring runners for the Utes with 45th place in a time of 18:45.00.
"Rietz ran really hard and has made tremendous improvement since last year," Kepler said. "She ran about 10 seconds faster this year and gives us a solid fourth runner."
Overall the Utes finished third in the team standing tallying 77 points. Utah State took first place with a total of 44 points followed by Montana State with 60 points.
"Next week we will go up against tougher competition at the Stanford Invitational," Kepler said. "It will give us a chance to see where we stand. If we can solidify the fifth spot on our team, we will be a pretty good, otherwise it will be a tough time."
The Utes compete next on September 28 at the Stanford Invitational in Palo Alto, Calif.