Oct. 29, 2011
Honolulu, Hawaii -
The University of Nevada improved its finish from a year ago, placing fifth at the 2011 WAC Cross Country Championships hosted in Honolulu, Hawaii Saturday. Nevada scored 106 points, improving from placing sixth at the meet in 2010.
Idaho won the WAC Championship scoring 38 points over New Mexico State with 53. Utah State placed third with 60 while Fresno State was fourth at 96. New Mexico State won individual honors with Courtney Schultz taking the top spot with a time of 17:36.5.
Nevada’s top runner was sophomore Johanna Olsson who placed sixth with a time of 18:38.7. Freshman Demerey Kirsch finished 11th with a time of 19:06.3. Both are underclassmen competing in their first season for Nevada. With her finish, Olsson won first-team All-WAC honors while Kirsch won second-team All-WAC honors.
Senior Jenifer McEntire was the next Nevada harrier across the finish, placing 22nd at 19:31.6. Behind McEntire, fellow senior Gloria Sosa was 30th at 19:52.5. Caitlin Devitt-Payne finish 41st at 20:22.2 with Nicole Painter 42nd at 20:24.8. Christy Works ran 20:55.6 to finish 48th, while Katie Romanko was 53rd at 21:19.0.
Nevada will return to action for a tune-up at the Doc Adams Invitational hosted by UC Davis on Satuday, Nov. 5. After competing in that meet, the Wolf Pack will travel to the NCAA Mountain Regional on November 12, looking to qualify for its first NCAA Championship meet.