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Utah Cross Country Will Compete Against Nation's Best Teams on Saturday

Utes prepare to compete with best teams in the nation.

Utes prepare to compete with best teams in the nation.

Oct. 12, 2010

SALT LAKE CITY- The University of Utah women's cross country team will travel to Terre Haute, Ind., and compete at the six-kilometer NCAA Pre-National meet on Saturday. The meet will be held at LaVern Gibson Championship Cross Country Course. The race will start at 9:00 a.m. or 9:35 a.m. (MDT) depending on seeding assignments determined by the NCAA.

"This is a huge meet. Our sophomores who ran at the Chile Pepper meet a year ago will rely on that experience. However, this will be an eye opener for our freshmen. They have been in races of this size before, but none with this type of overall depth and talent," Utah head coach Kyle Kepler said.

The Utes will compete with 83 other schools from around the country, including most of the top-25 teams.

After earning her first collegiate victory two weeks ago at the Nevada-Reno meet, Utah will be guided by sophomore Amanda Mergaert. Also competing for the Utes will be Jenny McCune, Nikki Dotter, Rebekah Winterton, Megan Combe, Alexis Laws and AuraLea Fain.

Last time the Utes competed at the NCAA Pre-Nationals:
In 2008, the Utes finished 26th out of 39 teams. Alyssa Abbott ran a then-school 6k record with a time of 21:14. Abbott later went on to compete at the NCAA Championships, where she finished 76th out of 255 runners with a time of 21:00.



Kepler's Thoughts
"We have to continue to do what we do and that is worry about ourselves. If we can stay focused on who we are and what we do then we will be fine. We don't have to be superhuman." "Our 3-6 runners have practiced well together recently so hopefully that will translate in a race situation and our gaps will continue to shrink. If we do all those things, we will have a chance to beat some good teams in our race and gain some great experience in a national-level meet."
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