Utes are excited for MWC Championships meet.
Oct. 24, 2005
This Week: The University of Utah cross country women head to Fort Collins, Colo. for the Mountain West Conference Championships this Saturday, Oct. 29th. The 6k race will be held at Collindale Golf Course and will begin at 11:00 a.m. EST.
Meet Preview: Air Force, BYU, Colorado State, New Mexico, San Diego State, Texas Christian, UNLV, and Wyoming will join Utah at the race. BYU is the defending MWC Champion.
Last Time Out: The Utah cross country women wrapped up their regular season on Oct. 15th at the Chili Pepper Invitational. Chelsea DiGrazia led the team with a 75th-place finish. The team placed 21st out of 38. All six of the Ute women ran a personal best time in the 6k. Chelsea DiGrazia's time was 22:37. Following behind her was Ashlee Warnick, finishing 105th with a time of 23:07. Nicki Hugie finished 116th in 23:13. Closing out the rest of the team are Kristin Taylor (148th, 23:44), Kellie Anderson (163rd, 24:01), and Janett Ern (177th, 24:12).
Ute Notes: This is the first time the Utes will face Air Force, Colorado State, New Mexico, San Diego State, Texas Christian, and UNLV. The Utes faced Wyoming last week at the Chili Pepper Invitational, and BYU in the second meet of the year at the BYU Autumn Classic (9/10).
Quoting Head Coach Kyle Kepler: "This is our biggest meet of the year, and we are coming off an outstanding performance at the Chili Pepper Invitational where all six of our runners ran personal best times for the 6,000m. We are hoping to continue to ride that big wave of momentum at the conference championships.
"We were picked in the pre-season poll to finish 7th, and if we can finish there or even a little bit higher, that would be an outstanding finish for us.
"I know the girls are very excited, they can't wait. We are going through our final stages of preparations right now, and are getting some extra rest in this week. We really have our focus and attention turned on that meet. It's one of the first steps in starting to turn this program around-being able to compete well at the conference championship. Once we're able to do that we can start thinking about the bigger steps of the regional qualifying meet in two weeks, and then at some point in the future getting this program back to the NCAA Championships meet as well. But, for right now, our focus is on this meet and being able to perform as well as possible."