Oct. 7, 2013
RENO, Nev. -
Breaking in a beautiful, brand new course in Sacramento, Calif., nine of ten Nevada Wolf Pack harriers set or tied their 5000m PRs (personal records) Friday at the NCAA Multi-Regional Jamboree at the Haggin Oaks Golf Complex hosted by Sacramento St. In the first race ever on the blazing fast, lightly rolling course that local organizers hope will eventually host the NCAA National Championships, the Wolf Pack employed a go-against-the-grain strategy they executed to a T.
Like a cliff beckoning to a pack of lemmings, the Haggin Oaks course lay in front of the field of 156 who assembled at the starting line, crying out to the athletes with its promise of fast times. Ignoring the siren calls, Nevada sat back early, planning to take advantage of others’ overly eager first mile by patiently running even pace. At the first turn on the course, 800 meters into the race, Demerey Kirsch was Nevada’s first athlete, wisely placed in the mid-70s of the impressive field. Emily Myers and Caitlin Devitt-Payne were sitting about 120th with the remaining members of the Wolf Pack sitting in the 140s and 150s. As early as the mile mark, Nevada’s top four were rolling past other athletes simply by keeping a steady pace. Kirsch a junior from Reno HS smashed her PR by 31 seconds finishing 13th in 17:12. Behind her, Emily Myers, Erika Root, and Caitlin Devitt-Payne all dipped under 18 flat for the first time, recording 17:36, 17:54 and 17:58 respectively.
The Wolf Pack finished ninth of nineteen teams in spite of running without their senior leader Sam Diaz who was out recovering from a two week illness. With Diaz in the line up and running an average race, Nevada’s score would likely have been 80-90 points better, suggesting good things coming in October for a team that was beset by illness in September but that traditionally runs better late in the season.
The Wolf Pack will split their squad on October 19th. The top seven will race at the Pre-National Invitational at Indiana State. The rest of the squad will run at Santa Clara’s Bronco Invitational.
1-UCLA 77, 2-Cal Poly 78, 3-UC-Davis 88, 4-Sacramento St 102, Tie for 5th-Cal and Oregon St 145, 7-UC-Santa Barbara 198, 8-UC-Riverside 228, 9-Nevada 254, 10-Washington St 263, 11-Cal St-Fullerton 309, 12-Fresno St 314, 13-Long Beach St 333, 14-San Diego St 339, 15-San Francisco 432, 16-UC-Irvie 434, 17-USC 475, 18-Pacific 549, 19-Cal St-Northridge 586
Individual Results 156 Finishers
Name/Yr Overall Friday’s Former HS
Place Time Collegiate PR
Demerey Kirsch/Jr 13 17:12 17:43 19:19
31 second PR moving her from a tie for 11th to #4 on All Time List
Emily Myers/So 33 17:36 18:03 18:27
27 second PR moving her from a tie for 23rd to a tie for 10th on All Time List
Erika Root/So 55 17:54 18:19 20:03
25 second PR moving her from 34th to tie for 22nd
Caitlin Devitt-Payne/Jr 62 17:58 18:27 18:54
29 second PR moving her from tie for 38th to 24th on All Time List
Laura Palacios/Fr 111 18:52 X 19:19
27 second PR placing her 19th on Freshman All Time List
Katie Romanko/So 117 18:56 19:15 19:20
19 second PR
Cheyenne Hunter/Fr 130 19:11 X X
Dagny Signorelli/So 135 19:20 21:09 21:36
111 second PR!!!!
Kristen Morrill/Fr 145 19:47 X 19:47
Wynne Allen/Fr 147 19:53 X 21:00+?
At least a 67 second PR
Did Not Run
Sam Diaz/Sr-Recovering from Illness X 17:11 18:53
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Head Cross Country/Assistant Track and Field Coach