Utah cross country will compete at the NCAA Mountain Regional Championships on Friday at 1:15 p.m. MT.
Nov. 13, 2013
SALT LAKE CITY- The University of Utah women’s cross country team is gearing up for the NCAA Mountain Regional Championships on Friday. The six-kilometer race will be run at Schneiter’s Riverside Golf Course in Ogden, Utah.
“I was pleased with how we did at the Pac-12 Championships and thought our kids came out running tough,” head coach Kyle Kepler said. “The courses at the regional meets tend to be very flat, which is an intentional thing. This way, our teams are not too beat up heading into the national meet, so that they represent our region well.”
“We will see Colorado again; they are one of the top teams in the region. We can measure ourselves against them after seeing them last week at the Pac-12 Championships,” Kepler continued. “We need to get out stronger. At the Pac-12 meet, we had our best start of the year. The kids pushed themselves and got out quick. That really helped us the rest of the race. Rather than playing catch up, we were able to be aggressive. We won’t be afraid to do that again moving into this week’s meet, and hopefully can put other teams into trouble by being aggressive.”
The Utes enter the week ranked seventh in the Mountain Region standings, after coming off an eighth-place finish at the Pac-12 Championships. In her previous race at the Pac-12 Championships, junior Rebekah Winterton led the squad posting a 12th-place performance, which garnered Second Team All-Pac-12 honors.
Last year at the NCAA Mountain Region Championships, the Utes finished sixth overall with Amanda Mergaert and Giselle Slotboom receiving all-region accolades. The race also marked the first time in school history that Utah beat in-state rival BYU at the regional meet.