May 11, 2013
LAS VEGAS, Nev. -
The University of Nevada track and field team won several events on the final day of the 2013 Mountain West Outdoor Track and Field Championships, finishing the event in fifth place Saturday afternoon in Las Vegas.
No. 22 San Diego State won the title with 182 points. New Mexico finished second in the women's standings with 145.5 points, followed by Colorado State (89.5), UNLV (83), Nevada (78), Fresno State (68), Boise State (66), Wyoming (56) and Air Force (51).
The final day of action was highlighted by an great finish in the 4x100 meter relay by Nevada's quartet of Samantha Calhoun, Angelica Earls, Tanisha Hawkins and Kashae Knox. The Wolf Pack claimed first place, edging out UNLV with a time of 44.37. The time breaks the program record that was set by the group during the close of the regular season this year and is .01 seconds off the stadium record. The finish also ranks third all-time at both the MW Championship and all-time in MW history.
La Tijera Avery continued her dominance in the high jump, winning the event by clearing a height of 5'-10.75''. Avery's mark eclipses her previous program record of 5'-10.5" that was set this year. The height also ties the stadium record and ties the fourth-best jump in MW Championship history.
Kerri Simmons won the shot put title with a record-breaking throw of 53'-2.75", which ranks third all-time at the MW Championship and fourth all-time in the conference. The distance smashes her previous program best throw of 51'-1.75" that was set earlier this year.
Earls and Calhoun picked up several points in the 100 meter dash, finishing fifth and sixth respectively with times of 11.60 and 11.64. The times are personal bests for each sprinter and places the two second and third on Nevada's all-time list. The duo of Calhoun and Hawkins placed sixth and seventh in the 200 meter dash, clocking in at 23.95 and 24.22. Calhoun's time of 23.95 places the senior second on the program's all-time list, beating out her previous mark of 24.18. Hawkins moves into the fifth slot on Nevada's all-time list with her 24.22 finish.
Samantha Diaz placed fourth in the 1,500 meter run with a time of 4:29.01. The time is just seconds off of Diaz's program leading mark of 4:23.01 that was set in 2011. Demerey Kirsch took fifth in the 5,000 meter run, taking over the third spot on Nevada's all-time list with a time of 17:02.16. Deborah Amoah finished fourth in the triple jump, clearing a distance of 12.77m. The Wolf Pack 4x400 team of Shanee Martin, Calhoun, Earls and Hawkins finished with a time of 3:45.56 to take seventh.
Women's Team Scores:
1. San Diego State - 182; 2. New Mexico - 145.5; 3. Colorado State - 89.5; 4. UNLV - 83; 5. Nevada - 78; 6. Fresno State - 68; 7. Boise State - 66; 8. Wyoming - 56; 9. Air Force - 51.