Track & Field Completes Final Tune-up for WAC Championships
RENO, Nev. - The University of Nevada track & field team traveled to California to see its final competition before the WAC Outdoor Championships begin next week. Nevada sent groups to two meets with a large part of the team competing at the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational at Stanford while a handful of athletes headed to Fresno State for the Bulldog Invitational.
Nevada's best performances at Stanford came from two throwers in the javelin. Marissa Hammond and Sabine Kopplin finished second and third, respectively, in the event. Hammond, a two-sport athlete coming off her final basketball season, threw 148'07" (45.29 meters) while Kopplin set a mark of 142'10" (43.53 meters).
Samantha Diaz also had a strong daying setting a school record and placing second with her run of 4:23.01 in the 1,500-meters. Placing third in the 100 meters (11.92), Angelica Earls also placed fifth in the 200 meters (24.29). Deborah Amoah placed fifth in the long jump at 19'.5" (5.80 meters).
The Wolf Pack had just two student-athletes competing at Fresno State. Mariah Gramolini placed third in the 800-meters (2:14.97) and Jennifer McEntire fourth in the 1,500 meters (4:39.63).
The Pack will be in search of its first conference outdoor championships since winning the Big West in 2000 next week. The 2011 WAC Outdoor Championships will be hosted by the University of Hawai'i with the multi events beginning Tuesday, May 10.