Nevada Union Cross Country celebrates 50th |

Nevada Union Cross Country celebrates 50th

Back then the NU cross country team was mostly wrestlers working on their endurance in the offseason, he said. NU didn’t have a cross country track and they ran at the fairgrounds.

A few years later, after then coach George Peavy left to focus on teaching the NU band, Kays began to help as an assistant coach, eventually becoming the head coach, and helped start the NU invitational.

“When we first got started, we had maybe 10 to 12 schools that participated, but as the event went on, schools started to come from all over,” Kays said. “We had days when the NU cross country event was the biggest of all cross country events in Northern California.”

On Saturday, the program will show just how far it’s come when it hosts 30 cross country teams at the 50th anniversary of the Nevada Union Invitational.

“We had days when the NU cross country event was the biggest … in Northern California.e_SDRq

— Tim Kays,
former NU cross country coach

For the 50th, Nevada Union coach Angie Marino said there will be 11 races, including the coaches/alumni race, junior high school races and high school races.

At this year’s invitational, a Spirit Award will be introduced, and all teams and participants are encouraged to accentuate their team spirit with wacky socks, face paint and other fun ways to show support.

Also coaches and alumni are encouraged to come and participate in the coaches/alumni race, which begins at 8:45 a.m.

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