Shorthanded team places 6th in Montana

By By Bubba Brown, Staff Writer

By Bubba Brown, Staff Writer

Freshman Jenny McCune led the Utah cross-country team as it finished sixth at the Fleet Feet Cross Country Invitational on Saturday. The event consisted of 13 teams and was held in Bozeman, Mont. McCune paced the Utes with a time of 18 minutes 16 seconds for the event to finish No. 22 among 136 runners.

Next to finish for Utah was Amanda Mergaert, who completed the race with a time of 18 minutes 55 seconds for 37th place.

Alexis Davis, Chantel Hunt and Megan Combe completed Utah’s top-five finishers. Davis ended with a time of 19 minutes 9 seconds for No. 44. Hunt crossed the line right after with a time of 19 minutes 10 seconds for No. 45. Combe finished No. 47 with a time of 19 minutes 16 seconds.

Also completing the race for Utah was Brooke Casagranda, who finished No. 103 with a time of 21 minutes 12 seconds. Three of the runners were unable to compete.

“Today wasn’t the outcome we wanted, but we were very shorthanded without Carly (Selleck), Kacee (Hildebrandt) and Lucy (Yates),” said head coach Kyle Kepler. “We were battling illness, but it was important for them to rest. It gave our freshmen a chance to race and they did well today. Some ran better than others but overall did a great job, and they all gave a good effort.”

Weber State University won the event, with Utah finishing behind host Montana State University and ahead of Concordia

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