Former Woman of Utah Lisha van Onselen to Represent South Africa at World Cross Country Championshps

Former Woman of Utah Lisha van Onselen to Represent South Africa at World Cross Country Championshps

SALT LAKE CITY – Former Utah cross country athlete Lisha van Onselen will represent her home nation of South Africa this Saturday, March 30, in the World Athletics Cross Country Championships held at Friendship Park in the city center of Belgrade, Serbia.
Van Onselen is joined by teammates Kyla Jacobs, Glenrose Xaba, Cacisile Sosibo and Tayla Kavanagh. The senior women’s race is slated to begin at 5:45 a.m. (MDT) / 12:45 p.m. (GMT +1 / CET). Fans can watch the live stream of the race on the World Athletics YouTube page and online through the World Athletics webpage.
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The 180-meter long “Peace Alley” is located along the Sava and Danube rivers and is a popular location for residents in Belgrade. Per the World Athletics website, the course at Friendship Park will consist of a 1,887m loop with additional start and finish straight sections of 270m and 320m, respectively.
Belgrade has played host to several major events including, but not limited to, the 1962 European Championships, 2013 European Cross Country Championships, 2017 European Indoor Championships, 2017 Balkan Championships and most recently the 2022 World Indoor Championships.
Van Onselen, who graduated from the U with a degree in rehabilitation sciences in 2021, spent just one season with the Women of Utah as a grad transfer. She helped the Utes capture the Bill Dellinger Invitational behind a 6k PR run of 20:49.4 to start the season. Utah then followed up with a runner-up finish at the Pre-Nationals meet and a runner-up finish at the Pac-12 Championships – which was hosted in Salt Lake City.
The Women of Utah went on to earn an at-large berth to the NCAA Championships after finishing fifth at very tough NCAA Mountain Regionals. The Cape Town, South Africa, native was Utah’s fifth scorer at the championships to help it finish 20th overall as a team – which at the time was the second-best finish in program history.

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