Amoah Leads Track & Field after Day One at New Mexico
Albuquerque, N.M. - The University of Nevada track & field team has returned to action this weekend at the Cherry and Silver Invitational hosted by the University of New Mexico. The meet will run from Friday-Saturday, Jan. 28-29 at the Albuquerque Convention Center.
No team scores are being kept at the meet, but Nevada will get to see individual competition from a number of teams including Arizona State, San Diego State, New Mexico, New Mexico State, UTEP and Northern Arizona. In the first day of competition, Nevada collected four top-five finishes and six top-10 finishes in all five of the events held on the day.
The Wolf Pack's best performance of the day came in the long jump from sophomore Deborah Amoah. Amoah placed third in the event with a jump of 5.94-meters (19'6.0"). The Berlin, Germany native improved on her personal best set last weekend with every jump she attempted. Her final mark gives her the third-best performance in school history.
"Debbie was definitely the star of the show for us today," head coach Shantel Twiggs said. "The constant improvement she showed today was really very exciting. She is looking very good right now. She has some big goals for this season and it's great to see all her hard work pay off."
Senior Cortney Beasley also placed third Friday in the high jump clearing 1.68-meters (5'6.0"). Junior La Tijera Avery placed eighth in the event at 1.63-meters (5'4.25"). Senior Constance "Alex" McAlman finished fifth in the weight throw with a toss of 16.60-meters (54'5.5").
Two other top-10 finishes came from the two track events that were run Friday. Sarah Nichols placed fifth in the 600-meters with a time of 1:42.13. After setting a school record last weekend in Boise, Angelica Earls placed 10th in the 200-meters at 24.82.
A full slate of events is set to finish the meet on Saturday. Women's field events will begin at 10 a.m. with the pole vault and the track events will get underway at 11:15 a.m. with the 60-meter hurdles.