Mens and Women’s cross country compete at Mountain West Championships
The men’s and women’s cross country teams traveled to Albuquerque, N.M. on Oct. 29 to compete in the Mountain West Championships. The men placed sixth and the women placed seventh.
Nevada brought up eight athletes to compete against eight other schools with the men racing first, running an 8k.
The fastest male athlete for Nevada was Jared Marchegger, who ran a 24:19.0 and placed twenty sixth out of 73 runners. Marchegger improved by 2:17.9 minutes compared to his last season time at the Mountain West Championships. This time is now Marchegger’s personal best.
Adam Sjolund placed thirty third with a time of 24:29.9. Daniel Sayo was close behind, placing thirty eighth with a time of 24:38.8.
Andrew Ribeiro and Carson Leavitt both ran at times in the 25 minute range. Ribeiro ran a 25:04.9 placing him at forty seventh, and Leavitt ran a 25:05.6 placing him in forty eighth. Leavitt’s time in this race set his new personal best.
Brian Kipchumba and Celime Garcia also ran times in the 25 minute range, but placed in the lower sixties. Kipchumba placed sixtieth with a time of 25:45.8 and Garcia placed sixty second running a 25:52.2.
Alexander Mendoza came in at sixty third, shortly behind Garcia with a time of 26:19.5.
The men had a total time of 2:03:39 and averaged a 24:44 run per athlete. Their total points added up to be 168. They improved from last season, placing one spot higher and having far less than 243 points.
The men’s team was also ranked fourteenth in the mountain region by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association.
The Nevada women’s cross country team placed seventh out of eleven teams. Nevada brought eight runners to compete against 94 athletes.
Tierney Wolfgram was the fastest female for Nevada, running a 19:58.6 6k and placing ninth.
The next runners for Nevada came in sixty first through sixty third. Marena Middleton ran 21:56.9 and placed sixty first. Middleton’s score improved from her spring 2021 Mountain West Championship time of 22:48. Tabatha Walford placed sixty second with a time of 22:07.6, placing lower than last season’s Mountain West Championships. She placed forty first last season.
Kate Rye finished with a time of 22:08.3 and placed sixty third. Rye improved by two places compared to last season’s Mountain West Championship meet.
Kalia Pfeffer and Madelyn Shipman finished back-to-back. Pfeffer ran a 22:43.1 and placed seventy first, while Shipman ran a 22:50.4 and placed seventy second.
Carley Legenbauer finished in eighty fifth place for Nevada, running a 24:22.0, and Alison Graf did not finish the race.
Nevada ran a total time of 1:48:55 with an average of 21:47 per athlete. They scored a total of 208 points, which placed them in seventh. They did not improve from last season’s Mountain West Championships, placing the same.
The Wolf Pack mens and women’s cross country athletes will be in Provo, Utah for the NCAA Mountain Regional Championships on Nov. 12.
Kelsey Middleton can be reached at email@example.com or on Twitter @kelsmiddleunr
Originally published at http://nevadasagebrush.com.