Utah cross country gets the 2012 season started on Saturday at the Aggie Invitational.
Aug. 28, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY- The University of Utah women’s cross country team is gearing up to get the 2012 season underway this Saturday at the Aggie Invitational. The Utes are set to compete at Innovation Wellness Park in Logan, Utah beginning at 9:30 a.m.
“Our goal for this week is to perform well in the overall standings, but because of the individual training nature of this sport, several outstanding runners for each team will race in the first meet,” Utah head coach Kyle Kepler said. “The team part of cross country doesn’t truly begin until the third week in September when NCAA at-large points become available.”
Leading the way for the team at the Aggie Invitational will be sophomore Susannah Hurst. Throughout her freshman season, Hurst continually improved and by season’s end was among the top-three runners on the squad. This season, Hurst is looking to continue that progression and establish herself as the number two runner on the team next to three-time NCAA qualifying senior Amanda Mergaert.
After redshirting in 2011, freshman Andrea Chavez will be one to watch this year. Chavez is coming off an impressive 2012 track season and could emerge as a top competitor on the cross country team.
“We want some of our veterans who need some racing to obtain optimal fitness and get as much out of the opportunity as possible,” said Kepler. “So more than anything, this meet provides us a baseline of where we are early in the season.”
Due to an extended track season, Mergaert will not open her season until the end of the month at the Stanford Invitational.