Seniors Samantha Calhoun and Angelica Earls Lead The Way
Busy weekend for the Pack
Mondo Invitational Results
Pack wins several events
Pack faces programs from the states of California and Nevada
Head coach Shantel Twiggs is entering her 11th season as head coach for the Nevada Wolf Pack.
Since taking over the program in 2004-05, Twiggs has seen a continuously improved level of performance by Wolf Pack student-athletes every season. During the program's second year in the Mountain West, six of Twiggs' student-athletes received all-conference selections and three went on to compete in NCAA Regionals.
Twiggs guided the group to a third place finish at the Mountain West Indoor Championships in the team's first year in the conference. Twiggs led the team's 4x100 relay squad to the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Six seasons ago, Twiggs led the outdoor track team to a second place finish at the WAC Outdoor Championships and was named Co-Coach of the Year. Hurdler Analisa Serrano became the second fastest 100m hurdler in school history while sprinter Polly Smith ended her career with the third best time in the 400m running 1:00.18.
Twiggs brings an enormous amount of energy into every situation. She has created a team that thrives on stepping up in big meet situations. She has established a family atmosphere where athletes have support on and off the track. The success of Nevada Track and Field isn't just on the track. In 2008-09 alone, the team earned 39 WAC All-Academic awards, qualified eight student-athletes to the NCAA West Regional meet in 10 events.
During the 2007-08 season, Twiggs coached four NCAA Regional Qualifiers and saw senior thrower Inger Appanaitis qualify for the NCAA National Championship and the Olympic Trials. Fourteen student-athletes during the season in both track and field and cross country earned a total of 26 All-WAC honors, including Appanaitis who was both the WAC Outdoor Javelin Champion and the Women's High Point winner at the Outdoor Championships.
Twiggs led her 2007 outdoor team to a second-place finish at the WAC Championships and tied the program record for highest finish at the outdoor championships. In addition, the Pack won six medals at the outdoor championships. Since 2005, Nevada has seen 30 Regional Qualifiers, five qualifiers to Nationals and two All-Americans (Kali Baker, Indoor Mile; and Caira Hane, Outdoor Hammer).
Prior to the start of the 2005-06 season, Twiggs collected an individual honor as she was named to the hall of fame at her alma mater, Northern Iowa.
Twiggs came to Nevada from Northern Illinois where she spent three seasons resurrecting the Huskies' program. When Twiggs took over the program in the winter of 2000, the team had not competed in 18 years. Since that time, her athletes broke more than 14 school records. The 2003-04 season saw the school's first NCAA Mid-East Regional qualifiers when two Huskies finished 25 and 30th, respectively, in the shot put. One of those throwers, Ashley Morrow, was named to the All-Mid American Conference second team, also a first for the program.
Before coaching at NIU, Twiggs was an assistant coach for three years at Northern Iowa. During her tenure at Northern Iowa, Twiggs coached the men's and women's sprinters to more than 10 school records and two dozen all-conference honors. In her final season, she coached five NCAA Division I qualifiers with one gaining All-America honors at the indoor track and field championships.
Twiggs can also claim two Missouri Valley Conference Championships Athletes of the Meet on her coaching resume, as Marshall Frazier took home the award at the 2000 MVC indoor meet and Devon Davis nabbed the title at the 1999 outdoor competition. She also worked heavily in recruiting for the Panthers' program and assisted with the Northern Iowa cross country teams. Twiggs was an all-conference sprinter for the Panthers from 1990-94, earning All-MVC honors six times in her career. She also won All-America honors her senior season in the 200-meters and in the 55-meter dash in 1994 at the NCAA Outdoor Championships. Overall, she qualified for the NCAAs eight times with two provisional qualifying marks while at Northern Iowa and is the owner and co-owner of 13 school records.
She has been a member of three U.S. National Teams (US vs. Great Britain, 1994; World Cup, 1994; and Pan Am Games, 1995) leading-off the gold medal 4x100-meter relay team at the Pan Am Games in 1995. She also won gold and bronze medals at the 1994 Olympic Festival as the anchor leg of the 4x100-meter relay team and the 200-meters, respectively.
Twiggs received her Bachelor of Arts degree in chemistry and marketing from Northern Iowa in 1995. After graduation, she worked as an assistant track coach and substitute teacher for the Ferguson-Florissant School District in Berkeley, Mo., before returning to her alma mater in 1997. She is a member of both the US Track Coaches Association of America (USTCA) and USA Track & Field.