Oct. 2, 2013
Reno, Nev. -
The University of Nevada cross country team will travel to Haggin Oaks Golf Complex in Sacramento Calif. for the inaugural NCC Multi-Regional Jamboree hosted by Sacramento State University. The race will take place Friday, Oct 4 at 10:30 a.m. Teams from all across the west will be competing in the 5,000 meter race along a new course that Sacramento State has proposed as the future home for the NCAA National Championship meet.
After a tumultuous start to the season, Nevada head coach Kirk Elias is ready for the team to get back on its feet for the team’s second race of the season. The team was forced to practice inside on spin bikes during a two week period where the Truckee Meadows was blanketed with smoke from fires in California, and unfortunately the team has dealt with some lingering illnesses and injuries since the air has cleared. Coach Elias gave the team some extra time to recover and get into race shape by cancelling their trip to the Roy Griak Invitational in St. Paul Minn. last weekend, but he is looking forwards to sending a full team over the hill to compete in Sacramento.
Nevada senior Samantha Diaz holds the school record for both 4,000 and 6,000 meter races, and will have a chance to break her previous personal best time of 17:11, third best in program history, and set the school record for 5,000 meter races. Junior Demerey Kirsch has a chance to set a Nevada 5,000 meter top-ten time this weekend if she can improve on her personal best time of 17:43 which is currently tied for 11th best in program history. In the team’s last race, the Nature’s Bakery Nevada Twilight Classic, Samantha Diaz won in dominant fashion, setting a school record for 4,000 meter races, and Demerey Kirsch was close behind to finish in second place.