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Utah Cross Country Finishes Eighth at NCAA Mountain Region Championships

Senior Alyssa Abbott finished 14th at NCAA Mountain Region Championships.

Senior Alyssa Abbott finished 14th at NCAA Mountain Region Championships.

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Nov. 12, 2011

PROVO, Utah - On an overcast windy day, the University of Utah women's cross country team captured eighth place at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships. Amanda Mergaert and Alyssa Abbott led the way as both posted top-15 finishes.

"The conditions were tough for everyone today," Utah head coach Kyle Kepler said. "We didn't finish as high as we would have liked, but hopefully we continue to learn and grow."

For her second straight season, Mergaert finished first for the Utes with a top-10 finish. In a tough region, Mergaert clocked a six-kilometer time of 21:14.5 to earn the ninth overall spot.

After a great performance, last year NCAA Championships qualifier, Mergaert will find out on Sunday if she receives an at-large bid for the 2011 NCAA Championships.

In her final cross country race, Abbott posted a time of 21:29.8 to finish 14th overall.

"Abbott ran terrific today, she ran the best race of the season by far," Kepler said. "I am very pleased with her performance."

Rebekah Winterton was the third Utah runner (43rd place) to cross the line with a time of 22:27.2. Hilary Troutner (23:11.8) and Susannah Hurst (23:17.2) rounded out the top-five Utah athletes to finish as they claimed 75th and 80th place.

Freshman Macee Nielson finished 100th with a time of 23:45.6. Nikki Rietz clocked a time of 23:17.2 for 105th place, respectively for the Utes.

As a team the Utes finished eighth with 221 points. The top five team finishers were New Mexico (84 points), Colorado (84 points), Weber State (135 points), BYU (140 points), and Colorado State (154 points).

 

 

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