Rebekah Winterton qualified for the NCAA Championships with her performance at the Mountain Regional Championships.
Nov. 15, 2013
Ogden, Utah. - The Utah women's cross country team wrapped up action at the NCAA Mountain Region meet earning eighth place overall. Junior Rebekah Winterton captured the spotlight with a 10th-place performance that qualified her for the NCAA Championships.
"As a team to finish eighth and only be 29 points from fifth place was a credit to how hard our team competed today. We would have liked to finish higher, but I was pleased with the effort," head coach Kyle Kepler said. "Our team ran hard, some didn't finish as well as we would have liked, but they were tough. Rebekah and Susannah ran a terrific race today. Rebekah qualified for the NCAA Championships meet and we are happy for her."
Winterton, a Salt Lake City native, posted a team-best performance earning 10th with a time of 20:49.3. Winterton's time qualifies her for the 2013 NCAA Championships later this month. Finishing second for Utah and 19th overall was junior Susannah Hurst in a time of 21:05.8. Both student-athletes earned al-region honors for their performance.
Sophomore Andrea Chavez was the third Ute to cross the line in a time of 21:43.5 for 46th. Rounding out the top five runners for the Utes were Becky Sarmiento in 64th (21:57.7) and AuraLea Fain in 75th (22:10.7).
The Utes finished the day eighth overall in the team standings with 214 points. The overall winner was Colorado (29 points) followed by New Mexico (64 points) and BYU (109 points).
"We have a solid nucleus returning next season," Kepler said. "We lose a leader in AuraLea, but we will have a lot of talent returning. "
Winterton will compete at the NCAA Championships on Nov. 23 in Terre Haute, Ind.