Amanda Mergaert finishes seventh at MWC Championshps.
Oct. 29, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo.- Led by Amanda Mergaert's seventh-place finish, the University of Utah women's cross country team ran to a fifth-place overall finish at the six-kilometer Mountain West Conference Championships at the Jacoby Golf Course on Friday.
"I thought the effort was there today," Utah head coach Kyle Kepler said. "We were too spread out after the first lap and just ran out of real estate at the end of the race in a few positions."
Utah finished fifth overall in the team standings with 139 points. The Utes edged host Wyoming, who finished with 141 points. The overall winner of the meet was New Mexico (20 points).
Mergaert earned seventh-place, posting a time of 22:06.1. Mergaert has been Utah's leading runner in all four meets that she has competed in this season. She improved on her time from last year's MWC Championships by 47 seconds. Mergaert's effort this season earned her First-Team All-MWC honors and she became only the third runner from Utah to accomplish this feat since Utah joined the MWC.
Finishing second for the Utes, and 28th overall, was Alexis Laws with a time of 23:20.0. Sophomore Jenny McCune claimed the 31st spot with a time of 23:31.8. Rebekah Winterton crossed the line with the time of 23:46.8, giving her 35th overall. Megan Combe completed the course with a time of 24:17.0 for 46th-place. Freshman Nikki Dotter finished with a time of 24:31.4 (50th overall).
The Utes total time for scoring runners was 1:57:23.3, which was over a minute faster than their performance at the 2009 MWC Championships.
"We did not set up well after the first lap (the race comprised of two laps), and it probably cost us a spot," Kepler said. "We have improved since last year and will work hard in the next few weeks to prepare for the upcoming NCAA Mountain Regional Championships, which will be on our home turf."
The Utes will continue their season at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships in Salt Lake City, Utah on Saturday, Nov. 13.