Susannah Hurst leads the Utes at the Utah State Aggie Invitational.
Sept. 1, 2012
LOGAN, Utah- The University of Utah women's cross country team got its season off to a solid start at the Utah State Aggie Invitational. Led by the performance of sophomore Susannah Hurst, the Utes captured fourth place overall.
"Overall we gave a solid effort today," Utah head coach Kyle Kepler said. "We were very aggressive and tried to get out and do too much at the start, but I am pleased that we were aggressive."
Leading the charge for the Utes was Hurst who finished the five-kilometer course in a time of 17:51.72 claiming fourth-place overall. Making her collegiate cross-country debut, redshirt freshman Andrea Chavez finished second for the Utes and 15th overall In a time of 18:29.35. The third Ute to cross the line was Nicole Rietz finishing 16th recording a time of 18:35.23.
Sophomore Katelyn Stringfellow continues to improve and was the fourth Utah athlete to cross the line, recording a time of 19:18.64 for 35th place. Rounding out the top five finishers for the team and competing in her first race in over two years, Megan Combe finished in a time of 20:01.61 for 43rd place.
Overall the Utes finished fourth with a combined team score of 89 points. Finishing first was Weber State with 24 points followed by Utah Valley University (76 points) and Utah State University (81points).
"We are starting to put the pieces back together and next week we will start adding more people into the mix," Kepler said. "I am pleased with our performance today, despite trying to start to quickly. We made a few mistakes, but nothing that can't be fixed in practice. We will work this week to get in competition shape and when things start to really count as we move into October, we will be ready."
The Utah cross-country team is slated to compete next on September 8 at the Nevada Twilight in Reno, Nev.