Track & Field Wins Four Events at USC
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - The University of Nevada track & field team finished fourth at the USC Quad Meet hosted by the University of Southern California on Saturday at Locker Stadium. Nevada scored 125 points after winning four events and collecting 11 top-three finishes.
The hosting No. 5 Women of Troy won the meet with 178 points over No. 17 Brigham Young University with 144. Cal State Northridge scored 140.
Nevada's best point total came from the javelin throwers who were both debuting for the Wolf Pack this week. Sabine Kopplin won her first meet with the Pack throwing a distance of 51.59 meters (169'03"). Coming off the women's basketball record-setting season, two-sport athlete Marissa Hammond placed third at 44.50 meters (146'00").
Two other wins came from the field athletes. Fellow thrower Constance McAlman won the discus with a mark of 46.95 meters (154'00"). McAlman had a strong day also finishing third in the hammer at 55.55 meters (182'03"). Deborah Amoah kept a similar pace as McAlman, winning the triple jump at 12.42 meters (40'9.00") and placing third in the long jump at 5.66 meters (18'7.00"). La Tijera Avery placed second in the long jump 5.69 meters (18'8.00") and third in the high jump 1.75 meters (5'8.75"). Alicia Echaverria placed fourth in the pole vault 3.55 meters (11'7.75").
The final event win for the Pack came from the distance-running crew with Samantha Diaz taking the 1,500 meters at 4:28.22. Christina Works placed sixth at 4:56.23. Jennifer McEntire kept it going in the 3,000 meter steeplechase placing second at 11.25.59.
Deidra Pettigrue led the sprinters with a third-place finish at 400 meters at 57.23. Fourth place finishes came from April Pate in the 400 meter hurdles (14.35) as well ass Angelica Earls in both the 200 meters (24.61) and the 100 meters (12.19).
The Wolf Pack will return to action when it travels to Sacramento, Calif. to the Mondo Invitational on April 7-9.