UNLV Travels To Golden State For Opener
Sept. 9, 2005
LAS VEGAS - UNLV cross country opens its season Saturday at the UC Irvine Invitational, held at Central Park in Huntington Beach, Calif. This will be the opening race of the season for the Rebels and cross country coach Pablo Sanchez will feature a lineup of four seniors joined by four freshmen.
Returning for their final year at UNLV are Erin Hammond, Katie Hughes, Ashley Pierce-Callihan and Leta Rose and all four of them ran at last year's Mountain West Conference cross country championships. Pierce-Callihan was the highest finisher of the group, placing 57th with a time of 26:37.00.
Ali Ainsworth, Janessa Hoppe, Ashley Lif and Jenni Shearer will be making their debut for UNLV and the group will be counted on to contribute right away as true freshmen. Lif, who is from Cheyenne, Wyo., is one of the most talented new comers in the MWC. She was named the MVP of the Cheyenne High School cross country team four times and was an all-conference award winner four times as well.
The women's 5,000-meter race begins at 9:00 a.m. (PST) followed by the men's 8,000 meters at 9:45 a.m.
Fans can get results of the meet Saturday afternoon by clicking here.