Cross Country Ready for WAC Championships

Newcomers Johanna Olsson and Demerey Kirsch will look to score big at the WAC meet this weekend.

Oct. 26, 2011

RENO, Nev. -

The University of Nevada cross country team will travel to Honolulu, Hawaii this weekend to compete in the 2011 Western Athletic Conference championships hosted at the Kane`ohe Klipper Golf Course on Saturday, Oct. 29.  Last year Nevada placed sixth at the meet hosted in Moscow, Idaho.

This season Nevada has finished as runner-up in two of its four meets while developing a young lineup.  Nevada’s lead runner, Johanna Olsson, is a sophomore transfer from Taby, Sweden and is in her first season of competition for the Pack.  Olsson ran in three meets this year, having twice placed fifth.  Freshman Caitlin Devitt-Payne and Demerey Kirsch have also been standout runners for Nevada this year. 

Not to be outdone by the newcomers, seniors Jenifer McEntire and Gloria Sosa have also been strong competitors and should make and impact at the championships.

The Wolf Pack was selected to finish fifth in the 2011 Pre-Championship Coaches Poll released by the WAC on Monday.  Nevada received 27 points in the poll, with Idaho tabbed as the favorite to win the title with 46 and five first-place votes.  New Mexico State was selected to finish second with 43 points and two first-place votes and Utah State third with 38 points and one first-place vote.

The WAC Championship meet is slated to begin at 12 p.m. PST.  Full results from the meet will be available on the Nevada official website at following its conclusion.



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