Mix of mens and women's cross country players and coaches.

Photo courtesy of Nevada Athletics. Mens and womens cross country teammates prepare for Roy Griak Invitational.

Women and men’s cross country both finished in the top 20 at the Roy Griak Invitational in Minneapolis on Sept. 24. 

The women finished in sixteenth with 402 points and the men finished in twelfth with 329 points. 

The first event was the Men’s Gold 8k. 

In the one mile split, Nevada finished in twentieth with a total of 563 points. Junior Andrew Ribeiro was the fastest individual for Nevada in this event gaining 96 points with a time of 5:01.0. This was +13.1 away from the first place time. 

The next split was at 3000m. Nevada went up two places, putting them in eighteenth with 494 points. Junior Adam Sjolund ran a 9:24.1, which was the fastest time for Nevada. His time was +18.7 from first place Morgan Beadlescomb from Michigan State. 

In the 5000m split, Nevada moved up four places to fourteenth. They passed Pepperdine, Milwaukee, Illinois-Chicago and UC San Diego. Nevada got -78 and was set at 416 points at this point of the race. Junior Alexander Mendoza improved by 15 points and junior Brian Kipchumba improved by four points from the 3000m split. 

At the 8000m finish, Nevada was able to pull up to twelfth passing Georgia Tech and St. Thomas Minnesota. Junior Carson Leavitt improved by 21 points from the 5000m split. Zander Simone was the only freshman who placed in the event. Simone ended with a time of 26:39.5. 

The Women’s Gold 6k happened next. 

At the one mile split, Nevada had 478 points.​​​​ Freshman Tierney Wolfgram was second with a time of 5:34.4, only +0.6 behind first place. 

Nevada jumped ahead three places to fifteenth at the 3000m split. Wolfgram came in first and junior Kate Rye was next in for Nevada with 80 points. Rye had the best improvement out of the team in this split, coming ahead by 32 places. 

At the 6000m finish, the Wolf Pack ended up going down one place to sixteenth. Milwaukee tied with Nevada in points at 402. Sophomore Marena Middleton went up 28 places for the best improvement for the team in the final. Wolfgram struggled to keep her second place standing and ended up twelfth overall with a final time of 21:13.2. 

The next meet for Nevada cross country will be the Bronco Invitational in Sunnyvale, Calif. on Oct. 16. 

Kelsey Middleton can be reached at kelseymiddleton@sagebrush.unr.edu or on Twitter @kelsmiddleunr