April 1, 2013
RENO, Nev. -
In spite of the surprisingly cool temperatures in San Diego, the Nevada track and field team stayed on a hot streak, finishing second with 136.5 points at the 22 team Cal-Nevada Championship in San Diego at UCSD. Capturing five individual titles, the Wolf Pack displayed some firepower that will come in handy when the real championship season rolls around in May. In an added bonus, the third school record to topple this outdoor season fell to junior Kerri Simmons in the Shot Put.
Simmons was one of Nevada’s five individual champions as her 51’-1.75”/15.59m explosion took down the 10 year old school record and captured the title over 27 competitors. Her new mark leads the Mountain West and places her 14th in the Western Region (the US is divided into two regions for the first round of the NCAA Championship).
Debbie Amoah/Sr was Nevada’s high point scorer, garnering 20 with her two wins in the Long Jump and Triple Jump. The horizontal jump specialist took the Long Jump title on Friday with a mark of 19’-5.25”/5.92m on her final attempt. Sitting in second behind San Diego State’s impressive jumper, Shanieka Thomas, Amoah stormed down the runway leaping to her first of two titles. Though Thomas had another jump left, she was unable to better Amoah’s mark.
Amoah returned Saturday to win the Triple Jump, in spite of a sore knee, which limited her to four attempts. Her 40’-2.75”/12.26m bound, though far short of her school record set two weeks ago, was enough to defeat the field.
Sophomore Demerey Kirsch smiled her way through an astonishingly easy victory in the 3000m Steeplechase recording a 10:38.43. Kirsch, who missed a full month of training and the entire indoor season due to a month long illness, returned to action in what amounted to a coming out party, with a stunning race that lopped over 30 seconds from her PR (personal record) and took the lead in the Mountain West Conference performance list. Though her training had recently hinted she was ready for big things, the ease with which she ran away from the field was almost shocking.
Senior La Tijera Avery took her second straight win in the High Jump with an easy clearance of 5’-8”/1.73, before moving the bar to 5’-10.75”1.80m where she took some good attempts.
In what has apparently become habit, the 100 meter squad took second through fifth for the third meet in a row (MW Indoor Championship, Hornet, and now Cal-NV), though this time they added a new wrinkle with not four finalists, but five, as Aisha Momodu came to the party for the first time finishing eighth (12.16) behind Angelica Earls’ second, (11.76) Samantha Calhoun’s third (11.92), Kashe Knox’s fourth (12.02) and Tanisha Hawkins’ fifth (12.08). Times were slowed a bit by a light headwind.
Junior Sam Diaz also brought home valuable points with her second in the 1500 and fourth in the 800 less than an hour later. Showing her hard earned strength, Diaz had the fastest 1500 opener of her career, running 4:24.50 in a rip-roaring battle with UC-Riverside’s Damajeria Dubose, then came back with little rest to run 2:11.95 for fourth in the 800.
Other placers for the Wolf Pack;
The 4 X 100 Relay had another very good run taking second in 45.38. This line-up was slightly different from that which set the school record at the Hornet Invite. The foursome was Sam Calhoun, Angelica Earls, Aisha Momodu, and Kashae Knox.
Red-shirt junior Julie Pedersen took second in the 5000 in 17:30.32. It was a solid return in her first 5000 in three years. Behind her, freshman Emily Myers took fifth in 17:39.14. Junior Tanisha Hawkins returned from the 100 to take fourth in the 200 in 24.52.
The 4 X 400 Relay of Christina Smith, Sam Calhoun, Shanee Martin, and Baylee Hearns ran 3:49.61 for fourth. Senior multi-event athlete April Pate took sixth in the 100 Hurdles in 14.24. She recorded her season’s best in the Friday prelims in 14.20.
Junior Mariah Gramolini, who is still rounding into shape, ran 2:12.51 in Prelims, then came back n the final to take sixth in 2:14.31. Senior Casey Gray finished in a tie for seventh with a vault of 11’-5.75”/3.50m. Senior Christy Works had a seven second PR in the steeplechase in 11:07.24 to take eighth.
TEAM SCORES (Top five of 22 scoring teams)
San Diego St 166, Nevada 136.5, Sacramento St 109.5, UC-Santa Barbara 83.5, USC 67
The Wolf Pack return to action April 12-13 at Sacramento State’s Mondo Invitational.
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Head Cross Country/Assistant Track and Field Coach