UVU cross-country: Wolverines run at Southern Utah on Friday

By Clint Burgi

For the Deseret News

Published: Thursday, Oct. 3 2013 3:50 p.m. MDT

OREM – The Utah Valley University cross-country teams are back in action this week at the Color Country Invitational at Southern Utah. The races begin at 4 p.m. at Cedar Ridge Golf Course with the men set for a 6K and the women a 4K.

“This is a good meet for us. It allows us to stay close to home,” head coach Scott Houle said. “There will be some good pressure on the kids too as we finalize the roster for Santa Clara and get closer to the WAC Championships.”

Both Utah Valley teams have finished first at Southern Utah on multiple occasions, with both squads sweeping the team titles last year.

The Wolverines last competed at the Montana State Invitational on Sept. 21, with Trac Norris’ seventh-place finish garnering him his second consecutive WAC Athlete of the Week honor. The men finished third as a team and the women fifth in Bozeman with Darian Sharp leading the women in 15th overall.

Norris had led Utah Valley in two of the season’s first three races — Jason Lynch at USU is the other — with three different harriers leading UVU on the women’s side: Bridget Hazel (at USU Invite), Brooke Hodson-Davies (at UVU Invite) and Sharp.

The Wolverines run at Santa Clara on Oct. 19 in Sunnyvale, Calif. It will be the final tune-up prior to the WAC Championships on Nov. 2 in Seattle.

Clint Burgi is the assistant athletic director for sports information at Utah Valley University. For more information on Wolverine athletics, visit WolverineGreen.com.