Utah cross country set to compete at Montana State Invitational on Saturday.
Sept. 12, 2012
SALT LAKE CITY- Coming off a third-place finish at the Nevada Twilight, the University of Utah women’s cross country team hits the road again to compete at the Montana State Invitational. The race will take place Saturday in Bozeman, Mont., at the Bridger Creek Golf Course beginning at 9:45 a.m. MDT.
“This will be the first week with basically the whole team lining up together, so hopefully the two groups that have raced can learn from each other and find the perfect balance of getting out aggressively and then settling into a good race rhythm,” Utah head coach Kyle Kepler said. “We need to continue to get better at running together as a group when possible. Right now, we are allowing gaps that will cause us problems later in the season if we don’t learn to run together better.”
Fresh off a 12th overall finish at last weekend’s Nevada Twilight, freshman Charlotte Kuzminsky has her eye set on leading the team once again in Montana. Kuzminsky, a San Diego native, finished first for the team in her collegiate debut and will try to continue that success while establishing herself as one of the scoring team runners heading into the core of the schedule.
After taking a week off to rest, sophomore Susannah Hurst returns to the line-up for the Utes. Hurst was the number three runner for the team in 2011, and now will fill into the second spot with the graduation of Alyssa Abbott. Hurst finished first for the team and fourth overall in her only race this season at the Utah State Open.
The Montana State Invitational will provide Utah runners one final chance to showcase their abilities before the team competes against nationally-ranked opponents at the Stanford Invitational.
“This will provide a great opportunity to get an early look at some of our region teams,” Kepler said. “There will be a few more competitors than our last two races, so that will help us get ready for a much larger field when we run at Stanford.”