March 16, 2013
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -
The University of Nevada track and field team opened the 2013 outdoor season with several record breaking performances at the Hornet Invitational this weekend on the campus of Sacramento State.
“We had a great start to the outdoor season,” head coach Shantel Twiggs said. “This weekend put us one step closer to our end goal. We will continue to take it one meet at a time and never let up. This is one of the most talented teams in school history and I am proud to be their coach.”
The Wolf Pack 4x100m relay team kicked off the meet with a record breaking time of 45.18 to take first place. The quartet made up of Samantha Calhoun, Angelica Earls, Tanisha Hawkins and Kashae Knox broke Nevada’s previous record of 46.29 that was set by Baylee Hearns, Angelica Earls, April Pate, and Deborah Amoah in 2011. The time also puts Nevada tied with TCU for the fourth best 4x100m relay time nationally.
Deborah Amoah took home a win in the triple jump, clearing a program record mark of 42'7". Senior La Tijera Avery returned to action in her last season with the team, taking second place in the high jump with a mark of 1.78m, just off of her school record from two years ago.. Avery also took home a third place finish in the long jump with a mark of 5.62m. Samantha Diaz won the 3000 meter steeplechase with a time of 10:50.72. The time places Diaz sixth of Nevada’s all-time list. Kerri Simmons placed second in the shot put with a personal best throw of 15.10m. The mark places the junior second on the program’s all-time list. Nicole Wadden took third in the javelin with a mark of 36.53m.
Nevada’s sprinters group continued to dominate on the track. Kashae Knox led the group with a personal best time of 11.67 to take second in the 100-meter dash. Knox’s time is good for the second spot on the team’s all-time list. Angelica Earls crossed the line third behind Knox at 11.76 for the program’s third best time. Samantha Calhoun finished fourth at 11.84 to sit fifth on the list. Tanisha Hawkins rounded out the group with a fifth place finish of 11.98 for the program’s eighth best time. The Wolf Pack 4x400 relay team comprised of Shanee Martin, Christina Smith, Mariah Gramolini, and Baylee Hearns placed third with a time of 3:54.04
The team will travel to the Cal-Nevada Championships in San Diego, Calif., in two weeks.