Oct. 4, 2013
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -
The University of Nevada cross country team finished ninth out of nineteen teams in the NCC Multi-Regional Jamboree hosted by Sacramento State University on the Haggin Oaks Golf Complex in Sacramento, Calif.
Nevada was without standout senior Samantha Diaz for the race, but junior Demerey Kirsch led the team finishing in 13th place with a time of 17:12 beating her previous best time by 31 seconds and setting the fourth fastest time in school history. Last year’s Mountain West freshman of the year Emily Myers followed Kirsch finishing in 33rd place with a time of 17:36 improving on her previous best by 27 seconds, which is good enough to tie her for ninth on the Nevada 5,000 meter top-ten list. Almost everyone set a new personal record on the day with sophomore Erika Root running 17:54 a 25 second improvement, junior Caitlin Devitt-Payne finishing in 17:58 to beat her personal best by 29 seconds, freshman Laura Palacios running 18:52 and setting a personal record by 27 seconds, Katie Romanko coming in at 18:56, 19 seconds faster than her personal best, and freshman Cheyenne Hunter rounding out the top seven with a time of 19:11 for the Pack.
Head coach Kirk Elias thought that conditions could not be better for his team, “It was in the 70’s and the course was relatively flat with some rolling hills, which really aided our team allowing them to shift gears and avoid pace lock.” Except for Kirsch who he allowed to race out with the front group, coach Elias had his team go out in last place to use their strength in the second half, “I wanted them to race the way we train, and I feel like in a lot of our practices we tend to hold back at the start, and crush it at the end.” The strategy was to have the girls run in a pack, and despite 156 total runners in the race, the top five were able to stay in touch and make a lot of passes during the race.
The Pack will be back in action Oct 19th at the Bronco Invite in Sunnyvale, Calif.