Women's Cross Country
2008 WAC Cross Country Championships

2008 Western Athletic Conference Cross Country Championships


Location:  New Mexico State Golf Course

3000 Herb Wimberly Dr.
Las Cruces, N.M. 88011

(575) 646-3219


Host:  New Mexico State University


Tickets: This Championship event is FREE of charge.


Start Time: 
Women 5K (10:00 am MT)


Directions from El Paso International Airport: Take the ramp on the left onto I-10 W. Take exit 144 to merge onto I-25 N toward Las Cruces/Albuquerque. Take exit 1 for University Ave. Turn right at E University Ave. Turn right at Las Altruras Dr. Turn left at Loop Dr. Turn left at Geothermal Dr. Turn left at Herb Wimberly Dr.


Parking: Fan parking is available at the New Mexico State Golf Course Parking lot and is free of charge.


Nevada’s WAC Championship History:

2001: 3rd

2002: 3rd

2003: 1st

2004: 4th

2005: T5th

2006: 2nd

2007: 2nd


Nevada Notes in 2008:

- Christa Avena has been Nevada’s top finisher in every meet Nevada has competed is as a team for nine consecutive meets dating back to September of 2007.


- Avena was named WAC Athlete of the Week twice this season on September 1 and September 29.


- Freshman Jordan Burke posted a PR of 17:45 and recorded a 12th place finish at the Bronco Invitational on October 18.  She was also named Nevada’s athlete of the meet.


- Nevada opened the 2008 season winning the 4K Nevada Twilight Cross Country Classic on August 29, 2008.


- As a team, Nevada has posted three top-10 finishes this season out of the Pack’s four meets in which Nevada competed as a team (1st Nevada Twilight Cross Country Classic; 4th Sacramento State Hornet Jamboree; and 3rd at the Bronco Invite). 


Last Year at the 2007 WAC Championships (Logan, Utah)

LOGAN, Utah Christa Avena finished second overall and Samantha Davis and Natalia Jarawka recorded top-10 finishes to lead the University of Nevada cross country team to a second place finish at the 2007 WAC Cross Country Championships in Logan, Utah Saturday morning.


Idaho took first with 39 points followed by Nevada (65 points), Utah State (72 points), Boise State (95 points), Fresno State (119 points), New Mexico State (143 points), San Jose State (168 points) and Hawai`i (215 points). 


Avena, Davis and Jarawka were all named to the All-WAC First Team for their efforts in the 5K race held at American West Heritage Center.  In addition, Davis was named WAC Freshman of the Year.  Davis, who finished fourth (17:12.91), became the Pack’s first-ever cross country WAC Freshman of the Year since Nevada joined the WAC in 2000.  She was the only freshman to finish in the top 10.   


Avena was the second runner to cross the finish line Saturday morning, clocking a 17:10.35, nine seconds behind Breanna Sande, who won the individual title.


Avena made a tremendous turnaround in the WAC Championships from a year ago in 2006 she finished 45th overall and ran a 19:42.  Avena’s second place finish also marked the second consecutive season a Pack runner has placed second overall at the WAC Championship as Schnbeck finished second overall (17:41) in 2006.     


Davis finished fourth (17:12.91) while Jarawka rounded out the top-10 finishers for Nevada, coming in sixth overall (17:18.30). 


Janet Martinez took 25th (17:59.08) followed by Maritza Garcia who finished 28th (18:06.78).  Chelsea Chauvet-Moore came in 29th (18:06.92) while Tiffany Tandy  (18:45.61) and Amanda Gramly (18:53.68) finished 44th and 46th respectively.  Sara Poindexter finished 54th, running a 19:26.93. 


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