April 28, 2012
BERKELEY, Calif. -
The University of Nevada track and field team concluded the 2012 outdoor regular season with several strong performances at the Brutus Hamilton Invitational.
Sophomore Mariah Gramolini led the team with a strong showing in the 800 meter run. Gramolini finished first in the event with a time of 2:08.38 to move into fifth place on Nevada's outdoor top-ten list.
Danielle Stallworth had an impressive day in the javelin event. The senior moved into the tenth spot on the program's all-time list, throwing a distance of 149'3" to take second place. The mark gives Stallworth a chance to potentially receive a bid to throw in the preliminary round of the NCAA Championships.
Senior Jenifer McEntire finished second in the 3000 meter steeplechase, clocking in a personal best time of 10:59.33. McEntire moves to the ninth spot on the program's list with her finish. Senior Caitlin Owen finished third in pole vault, clearing a height of 10'6".
"It was one of the best team performances I have seen," head coach Shantel Twiggs said. "Across the board we had some significant marks that move up our efforts as we head into the WAC Championships."
Samantha Calhoun and La Tijera Avery both had solid outings as they competed unattached. Calhoun took third in the 100 meter dash with a personal best time of 11.57. Avery finished first in the high jump, tying her personal best mark of 5'10.5".
Nevada's freshmen stepped up in the regular season finale with multiple personal records. Kashae Knox eclipsed her previous best time in the 100 meter dash with a 12.16 finish. The time places Knox sixth on the program's list. Annie Underwood finished first in the 800 meter run with a time of 2:17.09 in the open on Friday. Ciara O'Driscoll improved her time to 2:19.65 in the same event.
The team had a season best time in the 4x400 meter relay, finishing third with a time of 3:49.70.
"I am pleased with the positive momentum we have built at the end of the regular season. Now the goal is to get in some training days, rest, and improve our marks before we travel to Idaho for the conference Outdoor Championships in two weeks."
The team will have the week off before traveling to Moscow, Idaho for the WAC Outdoor Championships that will take place May 9-12.