Oct. 21, 2013
Terre Haute, Ind. -
The University of Nevada cross country team finished 25th racing against some of their toughest competition of the year at the Indiana Pre-National Invitational in Terre Haute, Ind.
Nevada competed well in its first 6,000-meter race of the season running in what was also the largest race they have been a part of this season with over 225 student-athletes in the race. The Pack ran its second race in a row shorthanded, without one of its top two runners, as junior Demerey Kirsch and without sophomore Erika Root. Senior Samantha Diaz returned to action in solid race form finishing in 32nd place with a time of 21:52.77. Sophomore Emily Myers followed closely behind finishing in 60th place with a time of 22:12.11. Junior Caitlin Devitt-Payne was the third finisher for the Pack with a time of 23:22.03, and freshman Cheyenne Hunter ran well in her first collegiate 6,000-meter race finishing with a time of 23:29.00. Sophomore Laura Palacios continued to show improvements as she finished in 23:57.84.
Head coach Kirk Elias was unable to put a full team out on the course, but he knows his team has a lot of potential, "We have not been the team we really are all year, but we will have a chance to show how good we can be." He did find some bright spots in his team's performance from the weekend, "Sam had a very solid performance in her first run back, and Emily also had a strong race." Coach Elias has been encouraged with the team's development, "Cheyenne showed significant improvement, and took a big step in the right direction."