Reno, Nev. -
The Wolf Pack cross country team will begin the season this Friday competing at the Nevada Twilight Classic, in Memory of Jim Vanden Heuvel, at Shadow Mountain Park in Sparks, Nev. The meet is not only the season opener for the Silver & Blue, but also the only meet in Nevada for the Pack this season.
The Nevada Twilight Classic features races for middle and high school students, as well as collegiate men and women. The action kicks off at 6:30 with eighth grade and under boys and girls racing a 4,000-meter course, followed by high school junior varsity boy's and girl's and small school varsity boy's and girl's races starting in 25 minute intervals until the collegiate women's 4,000-meter race at 8:30. The women will be followed by the collegiate men's 4-mile race at 8:50, and action will conclude with the large school varsity girl's 4,000-meter race at 9:15 and the large school varsity boy's 4,000-meter race at 9:40.
Competing this year will be two PAC-12 teams, #21 Utah and UCLA to add some serious competition for the Wolf Pack in what will be the largest Twilight Classic to date with over 800 entries. St. Mary's and the always tough U.C. Riverside will also be competing under the lights this Friday to provide the Pack with a great challenge, and give local high school teams a great race to watch.
Last year's squad dominated the meet by sweeping the top four positions with the team's final scoring runner finishing in seventh place. Second place finisher from last year's event, Demerey Kirsch, returns with a chance to win the meet after finishing in the runner-up position behind former Wolf Pack standout Samantha Diaz a year ago. Kirsch will be joined by senior Caitlin Devitt-Payne who finished third in last year's season opener, junior Emily Myers who brought home a fourth place finish at the Twilight Classic a year ago, and junior Erika Root who finished in seventh.