Works Helps Lead Reno-Tahoe Odyssey Team to a Course Record

RENO, Nev.  - University of Nevada cross country and track and field team member Christy Works helped lead her team to a record finish at the sixth annual Reno-Tahoe Odyssey, June 4-5.

"I had an absolute blast and it was a unique experience but very worthwhile. From the beginning the entire team was pumped to see what we could do," Works said.  "We walked out there wanting to win the women's sections as well as set a new course record. Actually completing this goal was a rush like none other."

Works' team, the Cupcake Pirates, set a women's course record and an open women's record with a time of 20:58:50 in the 178-mile race.  Several of Works' teammates during the relay run adventure were former Nevada cross country student-athletes including Mandy Russ, Tiffany Tandy, Amanda Gramly and Shanel Bolsta.  They beat the previous record by one hour and 58 minutes.   

"Each one of us put out the performances we needed and the best part was that we did it for each other. We won because we really wanted it as a team and the energy that came from this was amazing," Works said.  "I will definitely be doing this race again next year.  Running around Tahoe in the middle of the night was a thrill and running hard off of extremely little sleep, though very hard, was half the fun!"

Overall, Works' team was the first women's team to cross the finish line and was the fifth team to finish out of the 153 teams that competed.  Her team averaged a 7:04 mile pace for the entire 178 miles of the race.  Each team had 12 runners per team with each runner taking on three segments of the race.  Works' team finished nearly four hours ahead of the next women's team that finished in the open women division.      



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