May 10, 2013
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -
The University of Nevada track and field team had strong contributions from sophomore Demery Kirsch and senior Deborah Amoah on day three of the 2013 Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field Championships at the Sheila Tarr-Smith Field at Myron Partridge Stadium in Las Vegas, as the team is in fifth place heading into the final day of competition on Saturday.
San Diego State leads the field after day three with 73 points, followed by New Mexico (57), Colorado State (37), Boise State (28), and Nevada (20).
Kirsch won bronze in the 3,000 meter steeplechase, finishing the event with a time of 10:40.55, just seconds off of her third-best time on Nevada's all-time list. Amoah had a record-breaking day in the long jump, stretching out to a mark of 19'9.75 to beat her previously held program best of 19'8.25 set last season. The senior battled a tough field of competitors to take third. Senior La Tijera Avery matched her personal best mark of 19'9.5 to take sixth. Junior Julie Pedersen began the day putting points on the board for the Wolf Pack in the team's first event, placing seventh in the 10,000 meter run with a time of 38:14.98.
Seniors Samantha Calhoun and Angelica Earls qualified for the finals in the prelims of the 100 meter dash, finishing fourth and sixth respectively with times of 11.58 and 11.64. Calhoun and junior Tanisha Hawkins qualified for the finals in the 200 meter dash, placing sixth and ninth with times of 24.01 and 24.15. Samantha Diaz will join the finals of the 1,500 meter run tomorrow, as the junior clocked in at 4:28.96 to take seventh in the prelims.
Saturday marks the final day of events. The festivities begin at 8 a.m. PT with the Women's 5000 Meters.
Real-time scoring and results, along with post-race interviews, event highlights and photo galleries from the 2013 MW Outdoor Track & Field Championships are available through the championship central page at http://www.themwc.com/champ/otrack-champ-2013.html.
Women's Team Scores:
1. San Diego State - 73; 2. New Mexico - 57; 3. Colorado State - 37; 4. Boise State - 28; 5. Nevada - 20; 6. Air Force - 19; 7. Fresno State - 16; 8. Wyoming - 13; 9. UNLV - 10.