After the season opener was delayed due to smoke in the area, the Wolf Pack competed at the University of San Francisco Invitational, where one athlete finished the race on top.
Sophomore Tierney Wolfgram, who competed in her first collegiate cross country meet with the Pack, finished in first place during the women's 6k with a time of 20:47.9. The facility record at Golden Gate Park is 20:26.0. Wolfgram only being 21 seconds off the mark. The time was not only good for that top finish, but also tied her for fifth all-time at Nevada in the event.
The top time for the men's 8k was by junior Adam Sjolund, who finished in 13th with a time of 25:01.8. This time being a personal best for the sophomore, beating out his old record of 25:11 he set in the 2019 season.
The meet saw some impressive veteran times from the women, which includes senior Kate Rye with her 18th place time of 22:10.8. This time was a new personal best for the senior and moves her up to 30th all-time at Nevada in the event. Senior Tabatha Walford would finish the meet in 41st with her time of 22:41.1. Sophomore Marena Middleton finished in 52nd with a time of 23:00.7. Lastly, sophomore Carley Legenbauer finished in 69th place with a time of 23:36.
Over on the men's side, sophomore Daniel Sayo finished in 19th with his time of 25:15.7. Junior Carson Leavitt, who placed in 28th, finished with a time of 25:40.1. This significantly beating his old personal best of 26:10 he set in 2019. In 30th place was junior Jared Marchegger with his time of 25:47.2.
Junior Alex Mendoza finished the meet in 38th with a new personal best time of 26:00. Junior Celime Garcia would tie his personal best with his 46th place time of 26:06. Lastly, senior Brain Kipchumba finished in 56th place with a time of 26:30.7.
On both sides of the meet, the Pack saw five more athletes compete in their first cross country meets. Freshman Alison Graf would finish the meet in 51st with her time of 22:57.3. This time is the 25th best all-time by a freshman in the event. Freshman Penelope Smerdon finished the meet with a time of 23:24.7, which would earn her a 66th place finish. This being the 29th best time for a freshman in Nevada history.
Freshman Claire Nelson would finish in 70th with her time of 23:41.8. Just behind her was sophomore Elizabeth Shaw, who competed in her first cross country meet with the Pack and finished with a time of 23:42.0. Lastly, freshman Madelyn Shipman finished in 83rd place with a time of 24:08.
The men's side also saw success from their newcomers. Freshman Zander Simone finished with a time of 26:03, which earned him a 43rd place finish. This time being the 7th best time since the men's program was reinstated in 2019. Freshman Ryan Petzing finished the meet in 64th place with a time of 26:53.7.
Freshman Pierce Simpkinsfinished the meet with a time 27:31.5. This time would earn the Sparks native a 76th place finish. Sophomore Alfonso Parsare, who joined the Pack last season, finished in 79th place with his time of 27:37.8. Lastly, freshman Soma Baligad finished the meet with a time of 28:08.7. This time earned him an 88th place finish in the meet.
At the end of the meet, the women's team would finish in 6th with a point total of 146, while the men finished in 5th with a point total of 125. The men's and women's cross country team will compete again at the Roy Griak invitational on Friday, Sept. 24.