Lucy Yates will make her senior season debut on Saturday.
Sept. 4, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY- The University of Utah women’s cross country team hits the road this Saturday to compete at the Nevada Twilight in Reno, Nev. The second meet of the season for the Utes is slated to begin at 6:20 p.m. PST, and will be run at Shadow Mountain Park.
Four Utah runners will be making their season debuts this Saturday, including freshman Charlotte Kuzminsky, who will compete in her first-ever collegiate race. Other Utes racing for the first time this season will be senior Lucy Yates, junior Hilary Troutner and sophomore Lauren Mills.
“The field will be much more competitive at this year’s event,” Utah head coach Kyle Kepler said. “For those who are racing this weekend, they will have almost three full days to recover since we don’t race until Saturday evening. In terms of the race, we will again hold out several of our top runners. This will give our younger runners a chance to become scoring runners and deal with the associated pressure of knowing their placing counts. It also allows for those runners to compete for their spots in future meets when the number of competitors is more limited.”
Last year at the Nevada Twilight, the Utes claimed the top four spots and finished first in the team standings. The first four Utah athletes all finished the four-kilometer race in under 15:10.
Getting off to an aggressive start last week at the Utah State Aggie Invitational, the Utes ran out of gas toward the second half of the race. Now that they have one race behind them, the team will focus its attention to building the endurance needed to finish the race strong.
“We have to become more adept at getting out well, but not expending too much energy to get where we need to be early in the race,” Kepler said. “We will continue to work that out in practice. It sounds simple, but it is very difficult to simulate that scenario in practice because you don’t have other teams or the adrenaline of a real race present.”