Three members of the Nevada men's cross country program run in a field while surrounded by runners from various other colleges and universities. Each Nevada runner is wearing a white jersey with blue and white shorts. A paper flyer is pined to their jerseys with various numbers written across each.
Image courtesy of Nevada Athletics. Nevada men’s cross country runs in the Captial Cross Challenge in Sacramento, Calif on Sept. 28, 2019. This was the second race the men’s cross country team has run since being reinstated as a program in Dec. of 2018.

Over the weekend, the men’s and women’s cross country teams competed in the Capital Cross Challenge, in Sacramento, Calif. The races were held at Haggin Oaks golf course.

In the Capital Cross Challenge, the Nevada women’s team finished 21 of 40 teams in the 6k invitational race. The men’s team followed close behind, as they finished 27 of 35 teams in the 8k race.

The Women’s team had their top two runners come within one second of each other. Mikayla Shults completed her race with a time of 21:48, while Alexis Melendrez finished at 21:49.

Nevada’s women’s team finished the meet with a score of 521, while the Men’s team finished with a score of 786.

The men were led by a group of freshmen, starting with Adam Sjolund, who was the top finisher with a time of 25:22. Massimiliano Swenson finished closely behind Sjolund with a time of 25:34. George Skivington rounded out the top three for the Wolf pack at 25:50.

Head coach Kirk Elias had positive comments after the race, specifically praising the women’s squad for their teamwork.

“I’m really pleased with their performance…The women had more of a group effort,” Elias said.

The Nevada men’s cross country team’s next meet is at the Bronco invitational. On the same day, the women’s team will be running in the Pre-National Invitation in Terre Haute, Ind. Both meets will take place on Oct. 19th.

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