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Utah Cross Country Hosts Annual Utah Open Thursday Afternoon

Oct 19, 2022

SALT LAKE CITY – The 10th-ranked Utah cross country team plays host to its annual Utah Open at Sunnyside Park this Thursday, Oct. 20, starting at 1 p.m. (MT) with the women's race followed by the men's race at 1:45 p.m.
DATE: Thursday, Oct. 20
WHERE: Sunnyside Park (Course Map)
WHEN: Women: 1 p.m. (MT) / Men: approx. 1:45 p.m.
PARTICIPANTS: Salt Lake CC, #10 Utah, #RV Utah State, #24 Utah Valley
There will be two events this weekend at the University of Utah hosted by the Lauren McCluskey Foundation. The first event is the memorial/awareness walk held from 1-3 p.m. (MT) at the McCarthy Family Track & Field Complex where Lauren McCluskey ran as a member of the Utah track & field team.
Registration for the Inaugural Utah Race for Campus Safety will be held the next day at 8 a.m. (MT) on Saturday, Oct. 22. The 5k race/walk will begin at the Block U and take those participating around the most scenic spots around University of Utah campus.
Those wishing to donate or register for the 5k, please visit the Lauren McCluskey Foundation website at

The Utes didn't back down last week when it toed the line with 24 other ranked teams at the Nuttycombe Invitational and finished eighth overall behind a sixth-place finish from senior Emily Venters. The Lawrence, Kan., native crossed the finish line at 20:02.9 while Simone Plourde picked up a top-25 finish with a mark of 20:16.3 for 22nd.
Keelah Barger (20:32.0) was the next Ute to finish while Ariel Keklak (20:35.7) and Erin Vringer (21:21.3) founded out the scoring group for Utah. Meanwhile, the trio of Morgan Jensen (21:49.8), Lauren Peterson (21:49.8) and Karli Branch (21:51.8) also raced for the Utes in the women's 6k championship race.
Earlier that day, Kylie Harnett (22:01.7), Maddie Reed (22:13.7), Brooke Manson (22:34.2) and Claire Rusovick (22:54.5) all competed in the 6k B race on the Zimmer Championship Course.

After its eighth-place finish at the stacked Nuttycombe Invitational, the Utah cross country team jumped two spots to #10 in the latest USTFCCCA National Coaches Poll on Tuesday, Oct. 18. It marked the first time this season Utah has cracked the top-10 this season and first since being ranked No. 7 in week #6 of last season after the team placed second at the Pac-12 Championships – its highest finish in program history.
Meanwhile, the Utes check in at No. 4 in the latest Mountain Regional rankings – which is arguably the toughest region in the NCAA. As of Oct. 18, the mountain region has seven teams ranked in the USTFCCCA National Coaches Poll – including three that are also receiving votes.

Championship season begins for the Women of Utah as they head to the Inland Empire in Southern California to compete in the 2022 Pac-12 Cross Country Championships held at the UCR Ag-Ops Course. The women's race is set to go off at 9:40 a.m. (MT) / 8:40 a.m. (PT) on Pac-12 Networks. The Utes are 1-of-6 programs currently in the Conference of Champions ranked in the USTFCCCA National Coaches Poll top-30 – the most amongst any conference in the country.
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