Feb. 23, 2013
NAMPA, Idaho -
2013 MW Indoor Championships
The University of Nevada track and Field team took home a third place finish at the 2013 Mountain West Indoor Championships, held at Jacksons Indoor Track at the Idaho Center in Nampa, Idaho. San Diego State finished first (123 points), followed by New Mexico (103 points) and Nevada (86 points).
The Wolf Pack picked up three points in the Governor's Series, presented by NV Energy, as the Rebels finished fifth (66 points)at the championships. Nevada leads UNLV in the series 10.5-7.5.
“I am extremely proud of my team and staff,” head coach Shantel Twiggs said. “Today was so awesome. I was filled with a lot of emotion because I know the team has really worked hard this season. We sent our seniors out on a high note and picked up some momentum as we enter the outdoor season.”
Nevada had three personal bests and two new entries into the program’s all-time list in the first day of action. Freshman Nicole Wadden picked up five points with a fourth place finish in the pentathlon (3,586 points).
“We had a strong first day. Coach Williamson has done a great job with our multi group. They are young, but have bright futures ahead of them.” Twiggs said.
Wolf Pack junior Tanisha Hawkins finished second in the first heat of the 200 meter dash with a time of 24.24. Senior Angelica Earls set a new school record with a time of 24.22 to finish third. The team saw many personal records achieved in day two. Seniors Samantha Calhoun and Angelica Earls clocked in at 7.45 in the 60 meter dash to take second and third. The time is good for the second best finish in the program's history and personal best for Calhoun. Hawkins finished fourth in the same event with a time of 7.51, which is a personal best and third time on the program's list. All five Nevada participants in the 60m dash ran times that are among the fastest in school history. All three Wolf Pack sprinters recorded personal bests in the 200 meter final.
Senior Deborah Amoah advanced to the finals on the long jump by recording a jump of 5.91m to finish fourth in the prelims. Junior Samantha Diaz qualified for the final in the Mile with a time of 5:01.74. Junior Mariah Gramolini advanced to the finals in the 800 meter with a time of 2:12.58.
“Day two was amazing,” said Twiggs. “I was proud of the way we competed. The team really got after it on the track.”
Deborah Amoah finished second in the triple jump, clearing a mark 41’6. The finish matches her program leading mark that was set earlier this season. Samantha Diaz claimed third place in the mile run with a time of 4:46.63. The finish is good for the third spot on Nevada’s all-time list. Junior Christina Smith’s time of 56.52 in the 400 meter dash earned her a seventh place finish.
Earls, Calhoun, and sophomore Kashae Knox each had great finishes in the finals of the 60 meter dash. Earls took second with a time of 7.46, which puts her second on Nevada’s all-time list. Calhoun and Knox crossed the finish line at 7.55 to take third and fourth. The finish places the two at number four on the program’s all-time list. Mariah Gramolini just missed her personal best mark in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:12.24 to take fourth.
Hawkins had another record breaking outing in the final day of action in the 200 meter dash. The junior clocked in at 24.24 to finish second. Nevada’s 4x400 meter relay team comprised of Hawkins (57.0), Smith (55.5), Calhoun (55.8), and Earls (56.2) won the event with a program record time of 3:44.51. The previous record of 3:48.59 was set in 2006 by Rosana Medina, Shaina Wright, Kali Baker, and Polly Smith. Junior Kerri Simmons took third place in the shot put with a mark of 49'.25". Simmons just missed her personal best mark of 49'3". The junior holds the second best mark on Nevada's all-time list.
A photo gallery and video highlights can be found on the MW Championship Central page: http://www.themwc.com/champ/itrack-champ-2013.html