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University of Nevada track & field freshman Katherine Surin squared off yesterday afternoon in a friendly 30m race against her father, Bruny Surin.

On the surface it might seem like a piece of cake for Katherine, but her father Bruny is no pushover in the world of track & field. In the 1996 Olympic Summer Games, held in Atlanta, Ga., the elder Surin won a gold medal for Team Canada as part of the 4x100-meter relay team, which remains as Canada's only gold medal in the event. He is also the Canadian 60m and 100m record holder and was elected into Canada's Sports Hall of Fame in 2008.

His daughter, Katherine, is about to begin her first collegiate track & field season with the Wolf Pack when Nevada kicks off the indoor schedule next weekend at the Ed Jacoby Invitational in Nampa, Idaho.

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Former University of Nevada track & field student-athlete Landis Hanson passed away on Dec. 16 at the age of 51.

Hanson attended Nevada on a track & field scholarship and was a decathlete for two years, eventually becoming a team captain. A native of Reno, Hanson was a track & field standout at Hug High School, as well, setting records in the hurdle and won a Nevada state championship in hurdles his senior year.

For the past four years, Hanson had been a volunteer track coach at Damonte Ranch High School. Prior to that, he volunteered at Hug, Reno High School and Spanish Springs High School.

Hanson graduated from Nevada in 1989 with a degree in pre-med. In 1990 he obtained a degree as a medical laboratory scientist and was employed at Reno VA Medical Center from 1990-2014.

A memorial service for Hanson will be held at 2 p.m. Jan. 11 at St. Luke's Lutheran Church, 3835 Lakeside Drive, Reno.

Nevada 4x100 Relay Team Ch. 2 Story

KTVN's Neda Iranpour dropped by Mackay Stadium recently to check out the Wolf Pack 4x100 relay team. The team is gearing up for a trip to Eugene later this week to compete at the NCAA Championships hosted by the University of Oregon in Eugene. Iranpour stopped by practice to speak with head coach Shantel Twiggs and members of the team for a piece that aired several times on Ch. 2.

Check out the segment here.


Nevada track and field Volunteer Coach Collier Lawrence will compete in the Olympic trials preliminaries 3,000 meter steeplechase event today at Hayward Field in Eugene, Ore. Twenty-four athletes are expected for the preliminaries, the finals begin on Friday and will feature 12-14 racers.

The former Reno High and Washington State distance runner achieved the Olympic Trials A Standard in the steeplechase, finishing in second place with a 9:53.79 time in the 2nd section at Stanford's Payton Jordan Invitational earlier this year.

While at Washington State, Lawrence lettered in cross country and track and field. She was a two-time PAC 10 scorer (2006 and 2008) and three-time regional qualifier (2006-08) in the 3,000-meter steeplechase.

Lawrence just completed her third season at Nevada as a volunteer assistant cross country and track and field coach.

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