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Utah Cross Country Heads to Idaho for Bob Firman Invite

Utah women's cross country team will compete at the Bob Firman Invite on Saturday.

Utah women's cross country team will compete at the Bob Firman Invite on Saturday.

Sept. 24, 2009

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SALT LAKE CITY - The University of Utah women's cross country team will run the first 5K of the season on Saturday, September 26 at the Bob Firman Invite in Eagle, Idaho. The meet will open with the collegiate men's 8K race at 8:50 a.m. MT, followed by the collegiate women's 5K at 9:25 a.m. The course will be run through the Eagle Island State Park.

Last week the Utes competed in the second race of the season, earning sixth-place at the Montana State Invitational. Freshman Jenny McCune led the Utes with a time of 18:16 (22nd) on the three-mile course. Freshman Amanda Mergaert finished second for the Utes with a time of 18:55 and 37th-place overall.

McCune and Mergaert have been the one-two punch for the Utes thus far in the season with two three-mile collegiate races now under their belts.

Straight From Coach Kyle Kepler
"Most of the team hasn't run on this course before, so we'll get there early to learn the course. It has two steep hills and the rest of the course is pretty flat. The weather is projected to be good, so this should be another fast race. The kids will have to run hard right from the gun."

"We are continuing to gain experience and learning as a team at this level. I feel good about where we are at in the season."

"We improved last week by being more aggressive overall, so we'll be building on that. Something we're working on is running a little better in the middle of our race."

The Utes will be joined by Boise State, BYU, Central Washington University, Idaho State, Northwest Nazarene University and College of Idaho during Saturday's race.

The projected runners to compete on Saturday are McCune, Mergaert, Rachel Schmalzle, Alexis Davis, Chantel Hunt, Megan Combe, Sydney Osmun, Hilary Troutner and Brooke Casagranda.



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