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Utah Cross Country Gears Up for 2013 Opener at Utah State

Utah cross country opens its 2013 season on Saturday at the Utah State Aggie Invitational.

Utah cross country opens its 2013 season on Saturday at the Utah State Aggie Invitational.

Aug 28, 2013

SALT LAKE CITY- The University of Utah women’s cross country team is gearing up for its 2013 season debut at the Utah State Aggie Invitational on Saturday. The season will get underway at 9:45 a.m. with the 5K race at Innovation Campus Wellness Park in Logan, Utah.

Slated to compete for the Utes will be returning athletes Lauren Mills Nikki Rietz, and Hilary Troutner.  Also set to run and make their collegiate debuts will be freshmen:  Makenzie Clark, Jessica Sams, and Alyssa StetlerHannah McInturff, Becky Sarmiento, and Dana Snell will make their collegiate debuts, but will compete unattached. 

“We don’t officially have a preseason in terms of competitions, but that is how we will look at this race,” Utah head coach Kyle Kepler said. “The overall outcome is not nearly as important as the experience and opportunity to see where there gals are in regard to their physical and mental fitness.” 

“For the returners they need this race to return to “race shape” and for the newcomers they will find out that there are some differences between high school and collegiate racing,” Kepler continued. “This is just the first step, but an important one for this group of athletes.” 



The Utes have historically performed very well at Utah State.  In 2011, the team finished third, followed by a fourth-place finish in 2012. This year, the Utes are looking to fill the shoes of All-American Amanda Mergaert who graduated after last season. 

“Every year brings a new dynamic to every program because you always lose student athletes to graduation,” Kepler said. “So essentially, you have a different team each year.  We have to continue focusing on the women who are here and their development.  They all want to reach the level that Amanda was able to attain, but that can’t be the sole expectation.  As long as they focus on the process of improving daily, creating great team chemistry, being positive daily, and working together then our team will be successful as a collective group and as individuals trying to reach their own goals.” 

Check back to UtahUtes.com for post meet results and recap.

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