Rebekah Winterton earned 89th at the NCAA Championships.
Nov. 23, 2013
Terre Haute, Ind. -On a wet and windy course, Utah junior Rebekah Winterton closes out the cross country season with an 89th-place finish at the 2013 NCAA Cross Country Championships.
"We are really proud of Rebekah," head coach Kyle Kepler said. "The conditions today were brutal for everyone, but Rebekah handled it really well. Rebekah was hurt all last season and was able to come back and qualify for her first NCAA Championships. She has done an incredible job and worked really hard."
After taking the complete 2012 cross country season off due to injury, Winterton came back stronger than ever qualifying for her first NCAA Championships with a tenth-place performance at the NCAA Mountain Regional Championships.
Faced with wet, windy and cold conditions, Winterton captured 89th place clocking a time of 21:15.7 on the six-kilometer course. During the final kilometer of the race, Winterton made a surge passing 19 other competitors to finish in the top-90 finishers.
Winterton's finish puts her in the top 1.4% of all division l cross country athletes. She also mark's the fifth time under coach Kepler's reign that a Utah cross country student-athlete has finished in the top-90 at the NCAA Championships.
Winterton and the Utes will return to action for the indoor track and field season beginning on January 11, 2014 at the BYU Invitational in Provo, Utah.