Utah heads west to compete at Nevada-Reno Dual.
Sept. 27, 2010
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah- The University of Utah women's cross country team will be in Reno, Nev. Saturday to compete at the Nevada-Reno Dual (5k). The dual between the University of Utah and University of Nevada will be held at Rancho San Rafael Park at 10 a.m. PDT.
"This race will have two similar programs that are in a similar place, which will provide a stiff challenge for our young squad. We need to get out and compete position for position," said head coach Kyle Kepler.
The Utes will be led by sophomore Amanda Mergaert, who is coming off her season debut last week at the Stanford Invitational where she finished 18th out of 212 runners with a life time best of 21:19 over the 6K course.
Freshman Nikki Dotter will not compete this weekend, which will allow an opportunity for the young Ute squad to step up and fill in her place.
"Dotter has a tender foot right now. She will primarily cross train for the next couple of weeks to see if we can help that situation out and have her ready for the stretch run," commented Kepler.
Kepler would like to see his young squad be more aggressive at the start of races. This week in practice special emphasis will be put on giving his team confidence to start the race strong.
"We would like to see our other athletes close the gap with Mergaert. As we continue to gain experience and confidence, our runners will be able to be more aggressive at the start. This week we need to get out and compete."