It was another week of great competition among Utah’s non-revenue producing sports. Utah golf, cross country, soccer and Volleyball all have big matches upcoming as we move ahead through the fall. Here’s a quick look at each sport.
The men's golf team was in Colorado Springs over the weekend for the Gene Miranda Falcon Invitational. The local schools dominated with Colorado State and Colorado finishing first and second and Wyoming placing third in the tournament. The Utes did not fare as well tying Abilene Christian for 13th place, finishing ahead of only Air Force and Southern Utah.
Senior Jose Pelayo had the best individual performance for Utah, finishing tied for 18th by shooting two under par in the final round. Brandon Kida shot par in the final round to finish two over in 22nd place. The golfing Utes head up to Cle Elum Washington this weekend in the Husky invitational.
Women's cross country just recently captured first place at the Utah open in Murray park. The Utes were led by senior Susannah Hurst Spencer, who completed the four kilometer course in 15:12.4 to finish second overall. Junior Jessica Sams finished fourth with a time of 15:22.5 and senior Jocelyn Todd came in fifth at 15:28.9. Utah's top five all finished in the top twelve finishers. They travel to Bozeman Montana this week for the Montana State Invitational on September 19th.
The women's soccer team will finish up non-conference play this weekend against Utah State and Loyola Marymount. Saturday's game will be televised by Pac-12 networks at 4:30 pm MT. Coach Rich Manning is one victory away from his 150th career win at Utah and would surely love to see it come against an in state rival. The Aggies at 4-3-1 is coming off their best offensive output of the year where they scored five times against Idaho State. Loyola Marymount is on a five game win streak and has allowed just seven goals this season including four shutouts,
Wrapping up the non-football sports is women's volleyball. The 6-4 Utes have a big time matchup on Thursday agains the 8-1 and no. 9 ranked BYU Cougars in their final non conference match of the season. The match will be televised on Pac-12 networks at 7:30 pm MT. the match will be the first Deseret Duel match of the year between the two schools. It will mark the 88th meeting between the two programs overall. Utah currently leads the PAc-12 in team digs (572), team kills (507), total attacks (1,349) and total team blocks (104). Thursday's match will provide a big test for the Utes, and a chance to earn recognition for a team picked to finish 10th in the Pac-12.