Rebekah Winterton earns all-conference honors for her performance at the Pac-12 Championships.
Nov. 2, 2013
BOULDER, Colo. - The Utah women's cross country team wrapped up action at the Pac-12 Championships finishing in eight place with 207 points. The Utes were led by the 12th place performance of junior Rebekah Winterton.
"It was a terrific day, we were picked ninth going into the day and finished eighth," Utah head coach Kyle Kepler said. "The altitude really helped us. All of our kids really stepped it up today and ran their best races of the year."
"It was really impressive to see our four five and sixth spots run so well together and all had a really strong finish," Kepler continued. "Winterton and Hurst ran really well, Hurst was up in the lead pack for the first kilometer, maybe was a little anxious, but did a great job holding on. Winterton did a great job and finished in a spot to earn all-conference honors to keep our streak at three consecutive years. Chavez also ran a nice race and passed around 12 runners down the final stretch of the race."
Leading the surge for the Utes, Winterton clocked a 12th-place time of 21:59 to earn All Pac-12 Second Team accolades. The feat marks the third straight year a Utah athlete has earned all-conference honors from the Pac-12. Susannah Hurst was the second Ute to cross the line in a time of 22:37 for 29th place, followed by Andrea Chavez in 44th with a time of 23:11
Rounding out the top five performers were Nikki Rietz in 66th and AuraLea Fain finishing in 67th place, respectively for the Utes.
The Utes finished the day in eighth place tallying 207 points, edging California who earned 213 points. The overall winner was Arizona with 69 points followed by Colorado and Washington.
"This was our best race of the year and our kids fought really hard," Kepler said. "We keep finishing higher than we are ranked going in, that is a sign of a good team that works hard. We look forward to putting ourselves in the mix when we compete again in a couple weeks."
The Utes will compete next at the NCAA Regional Championships in Ogden, Utah on November 15.