May 25, 2013
AUSTIN, Texas -
The University of Nevada track and field team finished up competition at the NCAA Preliminary Championships Saturday at the University of Texas, where the Wolf Pack 4x100 relay team secured a spot at the 2013 NCAA Championships with a strong performance on the final day.
Nevada’s 4x100 team comprised of Samantha Calhoun, Angelica Earls, Tanisha Hawkins, and Kashae Knox continued its dominance in the event, finishing second in heat two and sixth overall with a time of 44.56 to solidify a place amongst the top 12 finishers in Austin. The time advances the quartet to the NCAA Championships that will be held June 5-8 on the campus of the University of Oregon in Eugene, Ore.
“I am so proud of our team,” head coach Shantel Twiggs said. “That quartet has been working so well together all season and it was great to see them compete and advance to the Championships. All who competed this weekend represented Nevada well and some will be back at it again next year.”
The remaining Wolf Pack participants performed well, but missed qualifying for the finals. Deborah Amoah just missed qualifying for the NCAA Championships, as the senior placed 15th with a mark of 12.70m in the triple jump. La Tijera Avery took 26th with a mark of 1.70m in the high jump.
Kerri Simmons finished 22nd in the shot put, throwing a distance of 15.77m. Calhoun placed 43rd in the 200-meter dash with a time of 24.77 and 38th in the 100-meter dash with a time of 11.82. Earls clocked in at 11.87 to finish 41st in the 100-meter dash. Samantha Diaz took 32nd in 1500-meter run with a time of 4:30.46.