Jan. 14, 2012
Nampa, Idaho -
The University of Nevada track & field team returned to indoor action at the Blue and Orange Opener hosted by Boise State at the Jacksons Indoor Track on Saturday. While no team scores were kept, Nevada’s student-athletes fared well after having not competed for almost a month.
“It was great to see the team compete so well against such strong competition,” head coach Shantel Twiggs said. “They put in a lot of effort in training during our break. We are off to a solid start, but we have a lot of work to do if we want to be a contender for a WAC indoor title, but this team is definitely up to the challenge.”
Junior Angelica Earls set a new school record in the 60-meters Saturday, with her preliminary-round run of 7.59. Earls’ mark was the second-best in the Western Athletic Conference this weekend against a field that included two of the top five times in the nation. She placed fifth in the event running 7.65 in the finals, beat out by Wolf Pack freshman Kashae Knox who placed fourth with a time of 7.63. Knox’s mark of 7.63 becomes Nevada’s all-time second-best in school history.
Junior Deborah Amoah, the team’s leading triple-jumper, won that event Saturday, with a mark of 11.97-meters (39’3.25”). Amoah has also taken on learning the 60-meter hurdles this season, and placed fifth (8.83) in just her second-ever competition in the event. Both of her marks are the second best in each event against the WAC this weekend and her time in the hurdles becomes the eighth-best in school history.
“Debbi is just learning to hurdle, and I’m seeing some pretty big things happening with her throughout the season,” Twiggs said. “She is quickly learning how important it is to be aggressive with each hurdle.”
Senior April Pate placed seventh in the 60-meter hurdles with a run of 8.96. Pate also placed seventh in the shot put with a mark of 12.64-meters (41’5.75”). Seniors Nicole Williams and La Tijera Avery tied for second in the high jump at 1.65-meters (5’5.00”). Another senior, Alexa Anderson placed fifth in the long jump at 5.39-meters (17’8.25”) ahead of Avery in seventh at 5.23-meters (17’2.00”) and Williams in ninth at 5.19-meters (17’0.50”).
The distance crew claimed six top-five finishes in three events led by sophomore Mariah Garmolini who placed third in the 800-meters with a time of 2:15.58. Freshman Caitlin Devitt-Payne placed fifth in the event with a time of 2:18.89. Junior Samantha Diaz placed fourth in the mile at 4:54.31. In the 5,000-meters, junior Nicole Painter led a trio of Pack runners placing second (19:20.16). Junior Tara Dines placed third (19:44.98) and sophomore Amber Karnofel placed fourth (20:26.78).
Nevada will next compete at the Bronco Invitational, which will be a return to the same facility from this weekend, hosted by the Broncos on January, 21.