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Go Utes!
Utah Cross Country Captures First Place at Nevada-Reno Dual Meet

Utes earned first place at Nevade-Reno Dual.

Utes earned first place at Nevade-Reno Dual.

Oct. 2, 2010

Final Stats

RENO, Nev. - Led by a first-place finish by Amanda Mergaert, the University of Utah cross country team earned first place overall, Saturday at the Nevada-Reno Dual meet (5k).

This meet was in the format of a triangular "chace race" which means that runners started at different intervals. The designated handicap times are then subtracted from the thier overall race time.

Utah completed the meet with 19 points for first place, followed by the University of Nevada, which finished second with 47 points and Sacramento State finished third with 58 points.

"I was pleased with our performance and enjoy the fact that we came and ran hard today," said head coach Kyle Kepler.

Mergaert, last week's Mountain West Conference co-athlete of the week, continued to show her dominance by capturing first place with a time of 19:36.

Jenny McCune crossed the line second overall with a time of 20:14. Just beside McCune was fellow Ute Rebekah Winterton, who finished with the same time of 20:14, which earned her third place overall. Alexis Laws clocked a 20:21, which gave her fourth place overall. Freshman AuraLea Fain crossed the line with a time of 21:13 (ninth).

Utah's Megan Combe finished 12th with a time of 21:42. Also, Chantel Hunt (23:29) and Brooke Casagranda (24:07) finished 20th and 21st respectively for the Utes.



Kepler's Thoughts
"I think we learned alot about ourselves today in regards to things we need to work on, being mentally tougher, and understanding some of our individual strengths. We knew the course was going to run slow based on the set up and that personal best times were not likely. However, I still think we had several personal best efforts...kids running harder with more confidence than they ever have at this level. Those are good signs."
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