A two-time All-American, Alex Van Dyke was one of the most electrifying wide receivers in school history. He broke three NCAA records during his career (since broken), including receiving yards (1,854), receptions (128) and all-purpose yards (3,100). Van Dyke scored 26 touchdowns in just two seasons and still ranks in the Nevada top 10 in every career receiving, all-purpose and kickoff return category. He was a unanimous selection as the 1995 Big West Conference Offensive Player of the Year after leading the nation in receptions per game (11.7) and yards per game (168.6) as a senior. In 1996, Van Dyke became the highest draft pick in school history after being taken 31st overall by the New York Jets, and went on to spend five seasons in the NFL (three with the Jets and two with the Philadelphia Eagles).The unanimous selection at wide receiver on Nevada’s “Team of the Century” in 1998, Van Dyke owns Going Vertical, a state-of-the-art training facility for athletes, in his hometown of Sacramento, Calif.
Senior Alison Powers made an epic comeback to the pole vault pit after sitting out with injury last season, shattering her own indoor track record at the National Pole Vault Summit. Powers jumped for a mark of 13 feet and 3.5 inches (4.05m), edging out her previous mark by a full six inches. Powers also won her pit at the premiere event.