April 14, 2013
SACRAMENTO, Calif. -
A shorthanded University of Nevada track and field team made some noise at the Mondo Invitational hosted by Sacramento State this weekend. The team had two first place finishes and numerous podium performances despite not having all athletes competing.
BYU won the meet with 155 points, beating out second place Sacramento State with 147 points, while UC Davis took 3rd with 121 points. Nevada finished 6th overall in the field of eight.
Head coach Shantel Twiggs was encouraged with the team’s performance, “It provided an opportunity for us to compete, one more step towards reaching our goals.”
Junior Kerri Simmons continued to throw well for the Pack, with a shot put of 50’1.25” which was good for first place and just shy of her Wolf Pack record set earlier in the season. Simmons followed up her shot put with a hammer throw of 164’4”, which moves her into the 10th spot on the Nevada all-time hammer throw top ten.
La Tijera Avery, the Wolf Pack senior, was Nevada’s other first place finisher at the meet, winning the long jump with a mark of 18’10.5”. Avery also made the podium in the women’s high jump, finishing second with a jump of 5’6”.
Seniors Samantha Calhoun and Angelica Earls were impressive on the track in the 200 meter dash, taking second and third place respectively with Nevada all-time top ten performances. Calhoun broke into the top ten with a time of 24.18, while Earls improved on her personal best time with a run of 24.20, the new third best all- time mark for the Pack in the event.
Nevada will have individuals competing at the Beach Invitational in Cerritos, Calif., as well as the Mt. Sac Relays in Walnut, Calif. next weekend.