Sept. 4, 2012
RENO, Nev. -
The Nevada Wolf Pack cross country team opened the season beating UCLA and UC-Riverside Friday evening at Rancho San Rafael Park. On a beautiful, but windy evening with rapidly cooling temperatures, the Pack backed up their good early season training sessions with a win that contrasts sharply with last year’s fourth of four finish at the same season opener. The deceptively tough Rancho course, along with over 4600 feet/1400+ meters of altitude, kept times slow, making the race a test of summer strength instead of speed, in spite of the short, early season distance.
The win was perhaps just a little more impressive as most of the squad ran a 3400 meter tempo starting 25 minutes prior to the race. Combining the workout and the race, the squad got in just over 4 miles of quality work, simulating the 6000 meter distance contested later in the season.
Returning to the line-up after redshirting the 2011 cross country season, junior Sam Diaz took up where she left off two seasons before, running a controlled effort to finish second overall. Behind her, the rest of the top 5 had a new look with 2 freshman and 2 sophomores rounding out the scoring positions. Sophomores Demerey Kirsch and Mariah Gramolini (also returning from a redshirt season) ran solidly, finishing 8th and 11th overall. Freshman Emily Myers and Erika Root had very nice collegiate debuts, crossing the finish in 5th and 12th places.
The Wolf Pack returns to action next Saturday, September 8th, hosting the Nature’s Bakery Nevada Twilight Classic at Shadow Mountain Park in Sparks, NV. The nine race cross country carnival includes youth, high school, collegiate, and open races contested under lights. Nevada will face a serious test in capturing the Twilight title, as they will be challenged by 29th ranked BYU, Utah from the Pac-12, and Mountain West and in-state rival, UNLV. The collegiate women’s race is scheduled for 9:10pm.
2 Miles-consisting of just over 2 laps of a 1450 meter loop. The course is mainly grass and decomposed granite trail over a sloping terrain that includes a steady 500 meter climb each lap.
NEVADA 38, UC-RIVERSIDE 39, UCLA 50
INDIVIDUAL RESULTS 27 FINISHERS
Name/Yr Place Time Splits Differential
1st Mile 2nd Mile
Sam Diaz/Jr 2 12:01 5:59 6:02 +3
Emily Myers/Fr 5 12:19 6:10 6:09 -1
Demerey Kirsch/So 8 12:21 6:00 6:21 +21
Mariah Gramolini/So 11 12:37 6:27 6:10 -17
Erika Root/Fr 12 12:40 6:27 6:13 -14
Christy Works/Sr 16 13:01 6:22 6:39 +17
Anne Underwood/Fr 18 13:07 6:35 6:32 -3
Nicole Painter/Sr 19 13:11 6:28 6:43 +15
Ciara O’Driscoll/Fr 22 13:33 6:38 6:55 +17
Amber Karnofel/Jr 23 13:34 6:37 6:57 +20
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Head Cross Country/Assistant Track and Field Coach