RENO, Nev. The University of Nevada cross country team will compete in the NCAA Mountain Regional Championships Saturday morning in Ft. Collins, Colo. The 6000m race, which is hosted by Colorado State, is being held at the Collindale Golf Course and will begin at 11 a.m. MT.
Nevada is coming off a third-place finish at the WAC Championships November 1 in Las Cruces, N.M. Nevada had three runners finish in the top-10, Amanda Moreno (fifth), Christa Avena (sixth) and Jordan Burke (seventh). All three were named to the All-WAC First Team while Burke also garnered Freshman of the Year honors in the 5000m race.
Nevada’s lineup for the Mountain Regional meet includes: Christa Avena, Jordan Burke, Chelsea Chauvet-Moore, Natalia Jarawka, Janet Martinez, Amanda Moreno and Tiffany Tandy.
“The whole squad is looking to end the season on a high note,” head coach Kirk Elias said. “We are healthy, back to full strength, and just looking for a good race for everyone. We have been in the top 10 in the region only twice in school history including last year's 10th. We want to better last year's finish.”
Nevada’s best finish in the Regional meet was a sixth-place finish in 2003 while last season the Pack finished 10th. The top two teams from each region will automatically qualify for the NCAA National Championships in Terre Haute, Ind. on November 24, with the rest of the 31-team field being chosen at-large from all nine regions.
Teams competing in the Mountain Region meet and their rank in the Mountain region is as follows: Texas Tech (No. 1), (New Mexico (No. 2), BYU (No. 3), Northern Arizona (No. 4), Utah (No. 5), Colorado (No. 6), Utah State (No. 7), Weber State (No. 8), Utah State (No. 9), Nevada (No. 10), Southern Utah (No. 11), Wyoming (No. 12), New Mexico State (No. 13), Air Force (No. 14), Montana (No. 15), Idaho State, Montana State, Northern Colorado and UTEP.