INDIANAPOLIS – Former Utah cross country and track & field All-American Emily Venters was recently named to Team USA and will compete in the 10,000m race in the 19th running of the Pan American Games in Santiago, Chile, as announced by USA Track & Field from Oct. 30 – Nov. 4 inside Julio Martinez National Stadium.
This is the second time that Venters will have the honor to represent Team USA in her career. She first represented the United States as a member of the junior women’s team in the 2018 Great Edinburgh XCountry International Challenge. The Lawrence, Kan., native placed 10th-overall for in her first-ever international race with a time of 14:34 on the 4k course at Holyrood Park as the fourth scorer for Team USA.
The 2023 edition of the Pan Am Games will feature more than 6,000 athletes spanning 41 nations between North America, South America, Central America and the Caribbean competing in 38 different sports with a spot in the Paris 2024 Summer Olympic Games on the line for many. A total 77 athletes will represent Team USA (37 women and 40 men).
Venters, who recently wrapped up her career with the Utes this past spring, was a four-time All-American in her two seasons with the Women of Utah. Her final season saw her garner several awards that included:
- First-Team All-Pac-12 (XC)
- USTFCCCA XC All-Region (Mountain)
- USTFCCCA XC All-America
- USTFCCCA Indoor Track & Field First-Team All-America (5000m)
- Pac-12 Outdoor Champion (10000m)
- USTFCCCA Outdoor Track & Field First-Team All-America (5000m)
- USTFCCCA Outdoor Track & Field First-Team All-America (10000m)
- 3x Pac-12 Academic Honor Roll (Fall, Winter, Spring)
- Pac-12 XC Scholar-Athlete of the Year
- USTFCCCA XC All-Academic
- USTFCCCA Track All-Academic
She opened her senior campaign in the fall of 2022 winning her first-ever collegiate race at the Roy Griak Invitational before leading the Utes to a second-place finish at the Pac-12 Championships – which tied the previous season for their best finish ever at the league championships. She then led Utah to its first-ever automatic bid to the NCAA Championships after guiding the Utes to a second-place finish at the NCAA Regionals. The season culminated in her placing 12th at the NCAA Championships to help the Women of Utah also finish 12th as a team for its best finish ever…