Utah Tech’s Riley Jacobsen leads the Trailblazers during a cross country race earlier this season on Nov. 2, 2022 | Photo courtesy of Utah Tech Athletics, St. George News
ST. GEORGE – Utah Tech’s cross country teams finished their season Saturday at the Western Athletic Conference championships, with the Trailblazer women finishing ninth and the men finishing tenth.
The event took place on the Stephen F. Austin University campus in Nacogdoches, Texas.
According to the Utah Tech Athletics website, the women’s race was headlined by Rylee Jacobsen, who finished 42nd in 22 minutes and 17.1 seconds for 6 kilometers (3.73 miles). Additionally, Shakayla Morgan finished the day with a 22:32.9, the second fastest time for the Trailblazers.
Kirstin Williams followed at 10:53 p.m. Even in the competition for Pioneers were Emma Humes, 23:06–2; Lexi Larsen, 23:22.3; Alexia Corona, at 23:59.1; and Mariah Skinner, 24:32.1.
The Trailblazer men achieved two personal bests at the 2022 WAC Championship.
Brian Schulz, who led the Trailblazers with the team’s best time of the day, finished 30th and set his personal best of 24:33.2. This improved his third best time in school history for the 8K distance.
Kallen Webster was Utah Tech’s No. 2 with 24:58.8, followed by Quinton Read, who set a new personal best with 25:13.5. He now sits at number 7 in the team’s all-time record book.
Rounding out the Trailblazer men’s race were Julien Canales, 25:26.6; Nick Roach, 25:39.0; Andrew Allen, 25:39.9; and Connor Baty, 28:25.8.
Utah Tech Volleyball fought to the end in a five-set loss to southern Utah in last Saturday’s Western Athletic Conference action.
“It was a hard fought match today, a game here and there and the results could have been different,” head coach Camilla Hafoka said, according to the Utah Tech Athletics website.
The match ended in the last set. Southern Utah (6-13, 5-5 WAC) started with three straight points. Utah Tech (10-9,4-6) responded with four points, including a block from Sunny Brown, a kill from Hannah Howard, and a kill from Taela Laufiso.
The T-Birds were the first to reach the eight-point milestone to force the spot change. Utah Tech had another three-point range that tied the fifth setup at 12-12. SUU finished the match with three straight points to end the set 15-12 in a five-set win.
Utah Tech was led by Howard, who had 14 kills from 34 attacks with five errors for a .265 percentage. Kate Hardy recorded 12 kills from a total of 27 attacks with just one miss for an impressive .407 percentage. Whitnee Nihipali was the last Trailblazer to hit double-digit kills with 11 of 38 attacks, a percentage of .237.
The Trailblazers will host two final senior weekend home games this season on Thursday, November 3 at California Baptist and Saturday, November 5 at Grand Canyon. The final regular season games of the year are on November 10th and 12th at UT-Arlington and Stephen F. Austin.
Utah Tech women’s soccer (10-6-2, 6-3-2) came away with a 1-1 draw against Seattle U on Thursday night and lost 2-0 to Utah Valley in the regular-season finals on Saturday night.
Trailblazers equalized after trailing 1-0 against SeattleU in the 56th minute. Utah Tech had possession in attacking midfield Shaylynn Uyeshiro had the ball in midfield and was working on a transition field. She was passed by Gracie Knutzen who shoved her forward to a breaking Karli Nyland. She worked the ball outside the 18 and sent it high towards goal where Brynlee Roverts scored waiting to finish it and made sure to sink into the net edge to level the game at 1-1.
The Utah Tech women enter the WAC tournament in Seattle, Wash. as No. 4 and take on the No. 5 Grand Canyon Wednesday at 8 p.m. MT. Click here for the complete bracket.
Utah Tech Men’s Soccer took to the streets and suffered a narrow 1-0 loss to Utah Valley on Friday night and fell 4-0 to the California Baptist Lancers on Sunday night.
The Trailblazers (3-12-2 overall, 1-5-2 in WAC) conclude the 2022 season with a home game against UNLV on Friday at 7 p.m