Utes react to the loss of Lauren McCluskey

On the night of October 22, Lauren McCluskey, a standout track and field student-athlete at the U, was shot and killed in the parking lot of her on-campus apartment. McCluskey, a senior communication major, earned All-Pac12 Honorable Mention accolades and ranks 10th all-time at Utah in the pentathlon. By all accounts, she was a bright and kind young woman with a positive future. She was set to graduate in May. She was 21.

McCluskey’s friends, family, teammates and leaders at the University of Utah reacted to the news on social media this morning:

A memorial fund has been established at to honor the memory of Lauren McCluskey. Lauren’s family has suggested funds collected here support future scholarships for student-athletes in track and field.

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  • Porter Larsen is in his fifth year with ESPN700, covering the Utah Jazz and University of Utah Athletics on-air, online and on the sidelines. Larsen is the Executive Producer of The Drive as well as the host of Utes Game Day and After the Whistle on ESPN700. Before 700, Porter served as the voice of DSU athletics on X91.3fm and CECTV broadcasts as well as beat writing for the Sun News in St. George, Utah.

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