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Utes Earn Eighth Place at Pac-12 Conference Championships

Amanda Mergaert finished 10th at Pac-12 Conference Championships.

Amanda Mergaert finished 10th at Pac-12 Conference Championships.

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Oct. 29, 2011

Tempe, Ariz. - In its first Pac-12 Conference Championships, the University of Utah women's cross country team secured eighth place with 205 points. Junior Amanda Mergaert led the way for the Utes with a 10th-place overall finish.

"We had a solid performance," Utah head coach Kyle Kepler said. "It was exciting to see Amanda fight hard and have an all-conference performance. We were not far from finishing seventh and did a pretty good job for our first time here, especially being so young at the back end."

In her third six-kilometer race of the year, Mergaert passed four runners in the final 200meters of the race posting a time of 20:21, which earned the 10th overall spot. Senior Alyssa Abbott was the second Utah athlete to cross the line with a personal-best time of 20:46 for 25th place.

Freshman Susannah Hurst finished third for the Utes and 45th overall with a time of 21:22. Rebekah Winterton (59th place) and Hilary Troutner (81st place) rounded out the top-five finishers for the Utes, clocking times of 21:36 and 22:09.

In their first collegiate conference championships, freshmen Nikki Rietz (22:27), Macee Nielson (22:40), and Lauren Mills (23:46) earned the 87th, 91st, and 107th spots.

Battling an early season injury, sophomore AuraLea Fain earned 96th place with a time of 22:52. Katelyn Stringfellow posted a time of 23:06 earning her the 102nd spot.

Utah finished the race with 205 points, securing eighth place. The overall winner of the meet was Colorado with 50 points. Rounding out the top-five team scores are: Washington (73 points), Stanford (75 points), Oregon (89 points), and Arizona (104 points).

"We represented Utah well today," Kepler stated. "Now we will come home and get some rest before competing again in two weeks."

The Utah cross country team continues its season on Nov. 12 at the NCAA Regional Championships in Provo, Utah.



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