LAS VEGAS — The No. 4 University of Notre Dame men’s team opened the spring cross country season at the Silver State Collegiate Challenge in Las Vegas on Monday. The Irish came in fourth with 80 points in a race that included six ranked teams.
No. 2 BYU won the meet with 49 points followed by No. 1 Northern Arizona (54), No. 18 Washington (75) and No. 4 Notre Dame (80).
Notre Dame was led by Yared Nuguse, who crossed the line eighth with a time of 23:16.0 over the 8,000m course. Teammate Danny Kilrea was the other top 10 finisher, coming in ninth (23:21.8).
The three other point scorers for the Irish were Jake Renfree (16th – 23.41.8), Dylan Jacobs (23rd – 23:47.7) and Andrew Alexander (24th – 23:47.7).
Monday was the only regular-season tuneup on the schedule before Notre Dame competes for the national title at the NCAA Championships in Stillwater, Oklahoma, on Monday, March 15.
COACH CARLSON’S TAKE
Men’s Cross Country Head Coach Sean Carlson on the opening meet performance…
“We made some mistakes and learned a lot and I’m happy it was today and not the national meet. We will make some adjustments over the next 42 days for where we want to be at NCAAs. Kilrea and Renfree ran very well for us today and it was a great step for their progression.”
The Irish women’s team opens its season on Friday, Feb. 5 at the FSU Winter XC Classic in Tallahassee, Florida. The NCAA National Championship will take place in Stillwater, Oklahoma, on Monday, March 15.
Silver State Collegiate Challenge
Feb. 1, 2021
Men’s 8K – Individual ND Finishers
8. Yared Nuguse (23:16.0)
9. Danny Kilrea (23:21.8)
16. Jake Renfree (23.41.8)
23. Dylan Jacobs (23:47.7)
24. Andrew Alexander (23:47.7)
27. Josh Methner (23:53.4)
42. Kevin Salvano (24:45.8)