Feb. 9, 2013
NAMPA, Idaho -
The University of Nevada track and Field team saw several records broken and a number of first place finishes at the Boise State Team Challenge and the Tyson Invitational hosted by the University of Arkansas.
Junior Tanisha Hawkins set a personal record time of 24.65 in her 200m win at the Boise State Challenge. Sophomore Kashae Knox won the 60m event with a time of 7.64. Senior Mariah Gramolini placed second in the 800m, finishing with a time of 2:14.80. Freshman Nicole Wadden had a strong showing in the 60m hurdles, recording a personal best time of 9.18 to finish third. Nevada’s 4X400 meter relay team comprised of Hawkins, Gramolini, and juniors Christina Smith and Shanee Martin took second with a time of 3:52.35. The Wolf Pack distance medley relay team made up of Gramolini, Wadden, sophomore Anne Underwood, and senior Samantha Diaz finished in first place with a time of 12:26.42.
The Wolf Pack dominated the pole vault event, taking first, second, and third with multiple personal records set by junior Casey Gray and freshmen Alison Powers and Nicole Kennedy, who all cleared a height of 3.50m. Junior Kerri Simmons recorded a personal best throw in the shot put, winning the event with a mark of 15.01m. The junior also took home a win in the weighted throw event with a mark of 15.75m. Freshman Kennedy Hall threw 15.25m to take third in the same event.
Senior Deborah Amoah led Nevada at the Tyson Invitational in Fayetteville, Ark., with an impressive outing in the triple jump. Amoah took home a first place finish in the event, jumping a mark of 12.65 to break the program record. Fellow senior Angelica Earls also broke a school record, clocking in at a time of 7.43 in the 60m to finish 13th.
The team will have the next week off of competition in preparation for the MW Indoor Championships that will take place Feb. 21-23 in Nampa, Idaho.